Elite sales expected to bring a price boost for Connemara pony
Connemara pony breeders have become the latest group of breeders to recognise the potential benefits of developing niche outlets for their animals.
Connemara pony breeders have become the latest group of breeders to recognise the potential benefits of developing niche outlets for their animals.
German authorities confirmed the discovery of BSE in a 10-year-old cow presented for slaughter last week.
Farm organisations have warned of potential chaos in the conacre and leasing market unless the Department of Agriculture can secure changes to the EU Commission rules on leasing entitlements.
As food producers, farmers are expected to produce milk, meat and other foods that are of top quality and also meet the demands of a discerning consumer who wants food to be produced in a sustainable way for the environment and the animals involved.
Calls are mounting for the Government to petition the European Commission for emergency funding to repair extensive damage to farmland all along the west coast and bordering the Shannon Estuary.
Ireland's breeders and producers are losing out on potentially millions of euro in revenue from show jumping and need to start closing the gap immediately, according to international rider Billy Twomey and buyer Gerry Mullins.
Subject to the whims of the market place and the vagaries of Mother Nature, farming life is a rollercoaster of emotional and financial highs and lows.
Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has moved to relax rules that would force hill and mountain farmers to erect thousands of kilometres of sheep fencing on some of Ireland's most picturesque mountains.
In part one of this series, we looked at how and why wills are regularly challenged in the Irish courts and, given the complexities involved, one could be forgiven for deciding that not to write a will at all would prevent a lot of potential trouble.
Are these the tractors of the future?
To breed or not to breed, that is the question that many sport horse producers must ask themselves in these early days of 2014.
Irish-bred ponies are more used to wet and windswept grass fields than air-conditioned stables in a desert, but that is exactly where some 60...
For breeders mulling over their choice of sire in 2014, one essential tool in the box should be the CapallOir website, which contains 360,000 records from the Irish Horse Register.
More than 400 breeders chose to have their foals' passports officially stamped as 'Traditional' when registered with Horse Sport Ireland in 2013 and the number is expected to grow in 2014.
Seven of the top 10 sires of event horses in Britain were Irish-based stallions, the latest British Eventing (BE) stallion rankings show.
'No foot, no horse' is an old saying that all horse owners have heard and one that vet Marcus Swail and farrier Jeremy Stanley are all too familiar with.
So far in this special series on wills and inheritance, we have highlighted how wills can and do lead to families fighting on the steps of the High Court.
Mediator Clare O'Keeffe warned parents to be acutely aware of what they say to young children about the family estate.
THE battle for high value entitlements has commenced, as auctioneers report unprecedented numbers of farmers looking to maximise their Single Farm Payment over the next seven years.
Financial discipline and sustainable farm systems that can be easily replicated have been the main drivers behind a New Zealand dairy farm expansion that would make many an Irish dairyman's eyes water.
Farmers have been urged to reassess their on-farm fodder stocks this week and take action to prevent any possible shortage later in the spring.
As Teagasc prepares for a flood of applications for its agricultural courses in 2014, one British University is also preparing to welcome a famous pupil into its agricultural programme.
From zero to 3,000 cows in nine years -- now that's what you call rapid expansion.
Falling sport horse foal numbers across Europe could create a new opportunity for Irish breeders to capitalise on the shortage of top performance horses in the near future, Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) has predicted.
More than one in three horses registered in Ireland in 2012 received only an identity document, according to Horse Sport Ireland (HSI).
Book vouchers are always a popular Christmas gift so if you're lucky enough to have a gift voucher burning a hole in your pocket, here are some farming-related books that are guaranteed to keep you turning the pages throughout the new year.
Farmers all over the country have been left counting the cost of high winds and flooding as Ireland was battered by storms.
So EirGrid is expected to delay choosing a final route for its controversial €500m Grid Link project until after the local elections in May.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States has issued a new guidance document for the livestock industry aimed at phasing out the use of certain antibiotics for enhanced food production.
With 800,000 turkeys to be gobbled up over the Christmas period, Irish consumers are sticking with traditional fare for the festive season.
Teagasc has been urged to design a new agricultural course for women who have never received any agricultural training but still work on the farm daily.
Farmers facing a €10m hike in the cost of transporting fodder could be given a reprieve this week as Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar considers giving an exemption from the recently introduced maximum trailer height for livestock feed.
The year 2013 will go down in history as one of record highs and extreme lows. The farming sector was gripped by a spring fodder crisis that tested farmers' mettle in the most punishing way possible but buoyant demand for agricultural produce saw record milk prices and strong demand for beef help the recovery. Here, we take a look at the stories that shaped the past 12 months.
Women should be allowed to register jointly with their husbands for herdbooks and single farm payments (SFP) in order to improve their status within the farming sector, according to a new report.
Farmers anxious to secure additional milk quota for the last year of the regime paid up to 26c/l for the privilege, the Department of Agriculture has confirmed.
A bewildered foal who was photographed standing loyally over its dead mother is now safe in the care of an equine charity.
Horse-related calls to the ISPCA national helpline
Horses seized and subsequently euthanised by local authorities
More than 80pc of the horses seized by local authorities under the Control of Horses Act 1996 this year were subsequently euthanised.
Two images of horses in Ireland were shuttled all over the world in the past month. The first was of Irish Oaks winner Chicquita, the elite thoroughbred owned by Australian Paul Makin that smashed all previous records when she sold for €6m at the Goffs sales complex in Kildare. The second was of an unnamed piebald cob mare lying dead on the ground in the Ballyguile area of Wicklow with her bewildered foal standing over her.
Farmers in Mayo and Connemara, armed with DNA testing kits and the latest in genetic technology, have embarked on a mission to protect a native breed of sheep that was in danger of being lost forever through crossbreeding.
Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is on the cusp of announcing a new Level 8 degree course in Agricultural Science, the Farming Independent understands.
Ireland's potential to ramp up dairy production in the post-quota era is attracting more and more students into dairy-oriented courses offered by Teagasc.
Demand for agricultural engineers is so high that the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) fields weekly calls from prospective employers enquiring about graduates from its courses.
More than €1,700 was deducted from Kevin Connolly's single farm payment (SFP) by the Department of Agriculture as part of its controversial land parcel eligibility review.
The 2012/2013 fodder crisis cost farmers at least €450m and may cost much more when long-term productivity losses are taken into account, Teagasc research has found.
With the CAO deadline looming in January, here are some top tips to bear in mind when making your CAO application:
Farmers will be required to put all tractor-mounted and trailed sprayers through a new MOT-style testing regime and undergo spray training under new rules due in November 2016.
European farmers lost more than €11bn in one single summer due to drought, and they better prepare for more as extreme weather events such as heat waves are on the increase, climate change experts have warned.
Aurivo is to invest €5m on a new wood-fuelled energy system at its dairy ingredients plant at Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, as part of a drive to cut its carbon emissions by 50pc.
Tillage farmers banked the highest ever yield for their winter barley crops in 2013, Teagasc has confirmed.
Farmers are being warned that they may have even less room to manoeuvre on milk quota than they previously thought due to the butterfat content of their milk.
MORE than 2,600 horses have been put to sleep by local authorities this year as they ramp up their efforts to control horses grazing on publicly-owned land.
AN Irish horse that couldn't be sold for €800 as a foal in Ireland has been snapped up by a well-heeled Russian buyer for €400,000.
Last year, the McHale family from Currabaggan near Ballina in Co Mayo set about building a house for their special needs brother. They wanted a modest three-bedroom bungalow where Michael James could live and be cared for close to his family home.
The lure of record milk prices and fantastic grazing conditions have resulted in a massive surge in milk supplies.
A Tipperary family who diversified into forestry when their dairy herd was hit by TB in 2003 have been honoured for their contribution to both forestry and agri-tourism.
The second tranche of Ireland's €1.2bn Single Farm Payment (SFP) is being posted out to farmers' bank accounts this week.
IRELAND'S top equestrian coaches are being headhunted by the Chinese, as interest in show jumping and eventing grows in the east.
Seven-year-old grey gelding Sacramento got the Goresbridge Go for Gold sale off to an explosive start recently, selling for a new record top price of €65,000.
Irish motorists could be relying on farm slurry, silage and sea lettuce to produce fuel for their cars in the near future, according to a leading transportation engineer.
Some 45 elite event horses went under the hammer at the recent Monart Sale, achieving an average of €8,100.
Farmers can reduce the cost of lighting farmyards and farm buildings by as much as 50pc, according to the IFA's 'Smart Farming' guide.
"I'll never forget Saturday, April 27, 2013," says Carlow dairy farmer Paddy Kennedy. "That week was an unbelievably busy week. After the rough spring, that was the first break we got in the weather so we were up to our eyeballs."
Farming remains the most dangerous occupation in which to work. Accidents have claimed the lives of 190 people in the decade between 2003 and 2013 to date.
Paddy's father Jim passed away in 2002, leaving a herd of 17 dairy cows and a flock of sheep on a 10ac block of land surrounding the Kennedy home.
One quarter of all miscanthus crops in the country have been ploughed in as the promised local markets for the crop have so far failed to materialise.
The temperature drop of the last week has prompted everyone to top-up on heating oil, chop extra timber and order more coal.
As dairy farmers gear up to expand milk production in 2015 and beyond, the increase in output inevitably means a hike in inputs such as feed and fertiliser but also a hike in energy inputs.
The dulcet tones of Castleisland Mart manager Richard Harnett could be about to reach a much wider audience than just those around the mart ring as he features in RTE's hit show 'Operation Transformation'.
Farmers are preparing for a protracted battle against EirGrid plans to build a network of 45m-high pylons carrying high voltage cables across the country.
Dairy farmers should not pin their hopes on any "unrealistic" hope that the European Commission will increase national milk quotas ahead of the 2015 abolition date, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has warned.
Falling foal numbers and the introduction of elite sales specifically targeting show-jumping buyers resulted in a 42pc increase in the average auction price of foals in 2013, new research has shown.
The shape and funding arrangements for the Pillar II programmes of CAP will be decided before Christmas, the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, has reiterated.
Irish farmers face fines of €15m to €20m as a result of the controversial land parcel identification (LPIS) review, the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, has confirmed.
AGRICULTURE Minister Simon Coveney has rejected farmers' claims that EirGrid's plans to erect a network of 45-metre high pylons across the country will damage Ireland's reputation as a clean and green country for food production.
Irish dairy farmers are about to experience a dairy breeding revolution that has seen the US dairy herd go from an extreme shortage of dairy heifers to a situation where the bottom 25pc are culled in less than a decade.
THE Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) is to focus on genomic testing of females and crossbred animals in 2014, as well as issuing guidelines for the use of sexed semen.
Lakeland Dairies is preparing to fully re-open its drying plant in Lough Egish, Co Monaghan, to cope with a surge of milk from 2015, the co-op's chief executive has confirmed.
Large increases in tax bills caused consternation in farming households last week as dairy and beef operations struggled to come to terms with tax increases of up to 20pc.
Almost 20,000 farmers have been charged with overclaiming on their land parcels for their Single Farm Payment (SFP) by Department of Agriculture officials, with some farmers charged up to €300 each for the infringement.
Ice cream made by a Co Wexford farmer is being used to encourage elderly patients in hospitals and care homes to increase their daily protein intake.
Less than 1pc of all Irish Sport Horse foals born in Ireland are likely to break into the top 15 placings in international competition, according to new research from Teagasc.
Alexander Butler claimed the GAIN/Alltech Autumn Grand Prix League title in a nail-biting jump-off against Captain Michael Kelly at the Cavan International show recently.
Strong yields in the United States soya bean crop could translate into a further drop in compound feed prices in Ireland over the coming weeks.
Teagasc has urged farmers to weigh their cattle at the start and end of winter after research found that some owners did not realise how poorly their animals were performing.
HHS Inspiration, owned by international showjumper Marion Hughes, took the honours in the inaugural Irish Sport Horse (ISH) Studbook Mare Championship at Equus Live recently.
Showjumping boy wonder Bertram Allen took some time out from his busy international career to tackle some alternative obstacles in the Dromin-Athlacca Charity Ride recently.
Projects involving a number of neighbouring farmers could be a feature of agri-environmental schemes under the new CAP package.
Limerick farmers have reacted angrily to figures which show that they are among the most heavily inspected farmers in the country.
An anti-pylon pressure group has called on the Government to press pause on EirGrid's planning application process for the North-South interconnector until a cost comparison between running the 400kv lines over-ground and underground can be completed. The North East Pylon Pressure (NEPP) group said EirGrid's own costings ignored land devaluation factors.
Half of all farms selected for local authority nitrates inspections last year were found to be in breach of the rules, figures obtained by the Farming Independent reveal.
Farmers are facing cash clawbacks on as many as 25,000 land parcels under the Department of Agriculture's controversial review of the Land Parcel and Identification System (LPIS).
Department of Agriculture penalties for cross compliance issues hit a record high last year, the Farming Independent can reveal.
Three Irish-bred full Irish Draughts were among the winners at the prestigious Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) in Wembley, England recently.
The great Irish Sport Horse sire Cruising once again proved his merit as a multi-purpose sire of both showjumping and event horses in the line-up at the four-star event in Pau, France.
Farmers in REPS 4 now have the opportunity to apply for grants of up to €18,000 for the conservation of traditional farm buildings throughout Ireland.
Hundreds of concerned rural dwellers are expected to attend a rally in Kells, Co Meath, tonight in a show of opposition to EirGrid's plans to erect more than 1,500 pylons across Ireland.
New transport rules restricting the maximum height of loaded trailers could add up to €10m to the cost of transporting fodder to the west of Ireland, farm organisations have claimed.
Plans for a 1,000-cow 'mega-dairy' in Wales have been given the green light by the Welsh government following months of speculation and a public inquiry.
More than €310m in loans to 2,900 farmers will be retained by ACC Bank, despite its decision to close all of its Irish branches and business centres.
Bulgaria's prime minister has begun to row back on a parliament decision to extend his country's ban on land sales to foreigners in the face of possible reprimands from the EU.
Farmers in the border, midlands and west (BMW) region relied almost exclusively on subsidies for their agricultural incomes last year, according to figures released by CSO.
Irate hill farmers are blaming their lowland colleagues for a new Department of Agriculture proposal that eligible hill and mountain land be fenced.
Furious farmers have demanded that the Department of Agriculture outline the scale of its clawback on Single Farm Payments (SFP) as concern grows about the potential bill from the ongoing land parcel eligibility review.
Ireland's Aoife Clark and the seven-year-old Fernhill Adventure produced the best ever result for the Irish Sport Horse (ISH) studbook at the World Breeding Federation of Sport Horses (WBFSH) Championships for young event horses by taking home a silver medal.
The summer heatwave knocked as much as 4t/ac off the harvest yield of some potato crops, farmers have found.
Ireland has officially exceeded its national milk quota six months before the quota year ends and demand for quota continues to grow at a phenomenal rate.
Teagasc pensioners received almost one-third of the €184.5m the semi-state body spent last year, it has been revealed.
"The mind is everything. What you think, you become" –Buddha
As horse buyers become more and more discerning about the type of animals they want to invest in, specialist sales where pre-selected horses are targeted at specific buyer groups have been working extremely successfully.
Greg Broderick, producer of the five-year-old world champion mare Arraghbeg Clover, is one of the speakers confirmed for the Teagasc National Equine Breeding Conference next month.
The European Parliament is to take up the case of eight Galway farmers who have been left out of pocket for up to €10,000 each by the findings of Department of Agriculture inspectors because of the grazing quality of their commonage.
FAS and the Association of Irish Riding Establishments (AIRE) are joining forces to offer a course leading to British Horse Society (BHS) teaching qualifications.
Proposed new forestry rules that the IFA claims would give the Minister a carte blanche to change forestry contracts post-planting could turn farmers away from forestry, the IFA has warned.