Marts insurer 'losing 140pc every year' as livestock accident claims drive up costs
Accident claims at marts are driving the cost of insurance to be a loss-making business and something needs to change, the chief executive...
Accident claims at marts are driving the cost of insurance to be a loss-making business and something needs to change, the chief executive...
Accident claims at marts are driving the cost of insurance to be a loss-making business, something that needs to change, the CEO of FBD has said.
Ornua's Chief Executive John Jordan has said that the prospect of Glanbia's 'Truly Grass Fed' cheese on supermarket shelves will erode the value of the Kerrygold brand.
Kylie Magner from Magners Farm in Fethard, Co Tipperary, home to 450 free range pasture-fed hens, will be taking over the FarmIreland...
Heifer mastitis can be a significant problem for some herds, but the risk can be reduced according to UCD veterinary school lecturer Catherine McAloon.
IBR is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus caused by bovine herpes virus- 1, this virus is mostly involved in respiratory infections, according to Dr Maria Guelbenzu speaking at the recent National Beef Conference.
In November 2015, some 19 drystock farmers in Sligo and Leitrim came together to investigate the potential of contract rearing dairy heifers as a means of increasing stocking rate and increasing the profitability of their farms.
The Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine has announced that interim Nitrogen and Phosphorus statements for the period January to September 2018 and are now available online at agfood.ie
Irish farmers are only seeing 50-60pc of their grass growth potential and are not realising the full benefits of the cheapest form of feed – grazed grass, according to Teagasc.
Dairy farmers have a responsibility to provide genetics to beef farmers that will enable them to ‘economically’ finish animals according to John Kehoe, beef farmer and Chairperson of the Beef Stakeholders Group, speaking at the National Beef Conference this week.
Some 45pc of the dairy cows in Bavaria, in south east Germany, are tethered all year round, a situation German consumers is looking to ban.
Young dairy farmer John Coakley says that although he wants to see an increase in numbers on the pedigree herd at home, college is his priority for now.
Herdwatch were the big winners of the 2018 version of the National Dairy Innovation Awards at the National Dairy Show in Millstreet.
Hoteliers and restaurant owners are guilty of not supporting Irish grown food and are seriously undermining the entire Irish agriculture industry,...
Silage quality is not fantastic this year, according to independent nutritionist, Brian Reidy, who said he has been testing client’s silage from pits that...
Antibiotic dry-cow therapy undoubtedly has an important role to play at treating infections that persist at the end of lactation and maximising cure rates.
Allocating a dry period of over four weeks in between lactations for cows increases subsequent lactation yield by up to 25pc, according to Teagasc Dairy Advisor Mark O’Sullivan.
Some 28 deaths in the past 10 years were livestock-related fatalities, according to a Health and Safety Authority report.
The dry period is an opportunity for cows to prepare for the next lactation and also allows the mammary tissue time to repair.
New forestry figures show that in 2017 there was over 5,536ha around the country planted with forestry, down from the 6,293ha planted in 2015.
Given the evidence for widespread parasitic/anthelmintic resistance on dairy calf-to-beef farms in Ireland it is vital for farmers to implement practices to minimise or stop the anthelmintic resistance on farms, according to Dr. Orla Keane, of Teagasc.
Salmonella has shut down the milk powder production unit at a dairy.
Nicole Winkelmann is the finance director of a 500-cow farmers’ co-op farm near the German/Polish border. She is one of 37 local co-op members who own and farm the 2,300ha farm, which has a 500-cow unit and the remainder in tillage.
Some 90pc of farming accidents are attitude and behaviour related according to William Shorthall, IFA National Safety Executive.
Seventeen farm deaths have been recorded by the Health and Safety Authority this year and 10 of those have involved people in their 60s or older.
Christor O’Crualaoi of Ballyburden, Ballincollig woke up this morning to find 110 bales slashed, causing hundreds of euros worth of damage.
In recent weeks, farmers have been gathering the last of the winter fodder and are now looking to make the most of what they have. Alltech Nutritionist, Cathal Bohane highlighted several key areas on buffer feeding at the recent Farmex event.
Almost 200 farmers in Kerry have received notification that part of their lands are to be acquired for a greenway through Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO).
The Department of Agriculture recently announced a three-year plan to be implemented in Wicklow to manage the growing population of deer in the Garden county. The move comes after a sharp increase of TB incidences in the county with levels now treble the national average.
On a routine morning check this week, Kilkenny farmer Oliver Power walked onto his farm to find 11 of his 40 weanlings dead in a field.
Buffalo farmer, Liam Byrne will be taking over the FarmIreland Instagram account today and will be telling us and our followers why he made the move to become one of Ireland’s three buffalo farms.
Currently milking 180 cows, the Gurteen pedigree Holstein Friesian herd has plans to increase herd size to 240 cows, using all home-bred replacement heifers.
The extremely dry weather during the summer has tested farmers in many ways, including bringing new animal health problems to the farm.
Today, October 5, is National Potato Day and people across the country are being encouraged to recognise the nutritional value of the potato and experiment with new and recipes from Bord Bia’s potato recipe website Potato.ie.
Farmers need to plant more forestry the President of the Irish Bioenergy Association has said.
Ireland needs to change its cheddar cheese facilities Gerry Boyle told the Public Accounts Committee yesterday.
Many farm accidents involve farmers over 80 years of age according to Teagasc Director, Gerry Boyle, who said that as more young people get off-farm jobs, much of the management of the farm is being left to their elders.
Some farmers across the country are still feeling the pinch on fodder and while the housing period drawing closer, there is still time to improve the fodder situation if farms are under pressure.
There is not one single issue fundamental to achieving reproduction targets when rearing replacement heifers, according to Senior Researcher at Teagasc, Moorepark, Emer Kennedy.
Jennie Aherne, owner of the Rubyjen Herd, a pedigree simmental herd, will be taking over the FarmIreland Instagram this Thursday, and will be giving our viewers an insight into her family farm at Towerhill, near Cappamore, in east Limerick.
The NDC and Kerrygold Quality Milk Award has been awarded to Darran and Denise McKenna of Derrygasson, Co Monaghan, which has been running since 1996 and celebrates excellence in Irish dairy farming.
Approximately 100 farmers descended recently on Michael and David Hartnett’s beef farm in Whitegate, Co. Cork as part of an information evening organised by Bord Bia and Teagasc.
Farmers faced tailbacks of over 2km on Saturday, when the first of four bring centres opened to allow them recycle old tyres.
The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) will begin a fortnight long intensive farm inspection campaign today.
Gurteen College recently installed a new 30-unit DeLaval parlour and a new cubicle shed costing the college €900,000, which has helped to more than halve the milking time on the farm.
Hedge cutting is top of many farmers' lists at th moment, but its own dangers and ESB Networks has produced 10 top tips to ensure farmers stay safe.
A new calf feeder, which is capable of automatically feeding two different milk replacers to 140 calves has been launched on the market by JFC.
This week, with good weather conditions, farmers are hoping to take out any surplus paddocks to shorten the fodder gap.
A young innovator, has designed a new implement that means picking stones may soon become a thing of the past.
Dairy farmers are spending, on average, 260 minutes a day in the milking parlour, more than the time recommended by Teagasc.
Coillte, Ireland’s largest commercial forestry and land solutions company, has launched a new classification system that will allow for integrated planning and management of key biodiversity sites across Coillte’s 440,000-hectare estate.
The Newford Farm in Galway sold its two stock bulls in 2017 and moved to 100pc AI, because it had a very successful experience with AI, a recent document from Teagasc states.
Beef factories and the IFA are on a collision course after processors have again moved to cut prices ahead of what they predict will be a very difficult autumn and winter for the sector.
A series of nationwide events have been announced to promote the Department of Agriculture's NeighbourWood Scheme, which has grants of up to €8,800/ha available to develop woodland amenities.
Although the production of beef around Europe is up by 2.2pc so far this year, lower carcass weights mean that the increase of production of meat is not that significant according to Joe Burke, Sector Manager for Beef and Livestock with Bord Bia.
Some 40pc of young cattle deaths are caused by pneumonia, so getting housing facilities spot on is vital according to vet Doreen Corridan.
Geological Survey Ireland and Teagasc have announced a €1m research project that aims to provide agri-environmental soil data for Ireland’s agricultural sector.
Join our team of experts and commentators for some lively, entertaining and informative talks over the three days of the National Ploughing Championships
Ben Brooksby, founder of The Naked Farmer, will be taking over the FarmIreland Instagram this Thursday and will be talking about how he’s using the platform to highlight mental health issues among farmers.
Six finalists have been announced to go forward to contest tonight’s FBD Young Farmer of the Year Award in Dublin.
"We're after doubling our feed rates from this time last year, costing me an additional €2,500 a week in additional feed," Ballinhassing, Cork, dairy farmer, Peter Hurley has asid.
Brandon Bolger, a 10-year-old boy from Carlow, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2017, is fundraising to buy a tractor to raise funds for other children receiving care in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin.
Ireland’s low cost pasture based system is seen as a significant comparative advantage for many in the industry. But is it?
Figures released by the Department of Agriculture show that ewe and ram slaughtering's have increased by almost 52,000 compared to the same period last year, an increase of 19pc.
This dairy farmer milking almost 500 cows will be choosing high EBI Holstein Friesian bulls for his dairy herd in the future
With the 2019 Budget only around the corner, Macra na Feirme is calling for an extension of Stamp Duty exemption on the transfer of land to young trained farmers to 2023. This 100pc exemption is due to expire in 2020.
When milk quotas were abolished, Cork dairy farmer Donal O'Reilly didn't just think about expanding his herd - he set about growing extra grass, which he says is worth €180,000 a year to his farm.
Emma O’Connor from Anna’s Goat Farm will be taking over the FarmIreland Instagram account today and will be talking about why her family chose to run a dairy goat farm.
That was the question Cork dairy farmer Donal O’Reilly asked himself three years ago when he joined the Teagasc/Glanbia Monitor Farm Programme in January 2015.
Willow can produce large quantities of renewable 'green' energy without harming the environment, according to Barry Caslin, Teagasc Bioenergy Specialist, who was speaking at the recent Energy in Agriculture event.
Although a necessity on a lot of farms, straw is becoming a product many farmers can’t afford, and increasing numbers of farmers are looking to swap silage for straw as some bales of silage make over €40.
Good lighting is a fundamental requirement of the efficient operation of the farm, said Barry Caslin speaking at the Energy in Agriculture event recently.
While farmers across the country are searching high and low to find straw bedding to house their animals this winter, it’s important to look at all your options before making a splurge.
“Farmers should test their highest somatic cell count cows and to find out what dry-cow tubes will work and not to blanket dry off cows,” according to Veterinary Practitioner with Glanbia Shane McElroy.
Pat Dillon is contract rearing 37 of his 46 replacement heifers for next spring and intends to contract rear them all in the near future to allow him to maximise milk production potential on his farm.
Dairy farmer Pat Dillon has invested €100,000 to improve infrastructure on his farm in recent years, which he said has helped streamline his farm and made leaving the farm and going away on holidays a lot more manageable.
Today, we've been joined by Kilsunny Pedigree Herds for Instagram and we'll get an insight into their farm in Tipperary.
Drumlina Attwood Megan took home the Diageo Baileys Champion Cow Competition today at the 35 year of the Virginia Show, Co Cavan.
Dairy farm businesses are under increasing pressure to become more energy efficient.
A war of words has erupted between the IFA and the Department of Agriculture on the TB eradication programme.
Cavan vet Gerard McGovern came across this case of photosensitivity in a Friesian heifer on a farm recently.
In a year where grass is like gold dust, it’s crucial to take every measure to maximise production before the growing season is over.
Fears that Irish people would have to eat their Christmas dinner without home-grown Brussels sprouts this year have been confirmed by growers around the country.
Gardaí in Clonmel are appealing for information following the theft of a black Toyota Landcruiser that was stolen from an agricultural's contractors yard Thursday afternoon in Mullinahone, Co Tipperary.
Pig farmers say that over half the pigmeat in some Supervalu stores is not Bord Bia quality assured as pig farmers face losses of €3,000 a week.
Anna Truesdale runs a dairy and sheep farm with her father, Mark and brother, William in Newcastle, Co.Down, home to Castletru Holsteins and helping run the Farmireland Instagram account (today) Thursday.
As more than 57,000 candidates receive their results, a breakdown of the data shows Agricultural Science increase in popularity as the number of students who chose to study Agricultural Science as a Leaving Certificate subject rose, even though the overall number of candidates who sat the Leaving Certificate last June were lower than last year.
Meet Poupeii, a 10y/o Aubrac pedigree bull, weighing in at a massive 1250kg spotted at the Tullamore Show yesterday.
Farmers have been given a fertiliser extension to mid September, the Minister for Agriculture announced yesterday at the Tullamore Show.
Pig farmers will go to the wall in the coming months, according to the IFA Pigs Committee Chairman Tom Hogan, with some farmers currently losing €3,000 a week.
The drought has cost us €16,000 in additional feed, we’re just hoping he milk price holds,” says Adrian Claffey a dairy farmer from Mount Temple, Co Westmeath.
Borris Ewe Breeders Show & Sale will see ewe breeders around the country flocking to Carlow on Thursday, August 16
Paddy Kennedy broke records last weekend after reversing his tractor and 30ft trailer 30km to raise funds for three separate charities.
Joe and Denis Lucey run a 300-cow herd in Ovens, Co. Cork. Joe has just recently installed an underpass on his farm and says this will allow an extra two hours a day for his cows at grass.
In the words of Ger Dineen, who was awarded the Beef Grassland Farmer of the Year in 2017, “the more grass I grow, the more money I make”.
The winner of the grassland farmer of the year in 2017, says “you need two things to make beef farming profitable; good grassland management and excellent breeding”.
As a compulsory part of second semester, Agricultural Science students in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) have to complete 15 weeks work placement. Jamie Doran .
Veterinary medicine one of the highest points courses in the country, but it takes more than straight A's in the Leaving Cert to survive the challenge.
Every calving season brings with it both positives and negatives, some of which are rare and unusual like in this case, congenital joint laxity.
Transition year students from Moyne Community School, Co. Longford have designed a 'Reel Easy' way for farmers to keep their wires from tangling.
Every year farmers in the Burren, Clare, take their cattle to higher ground for the winter. It's a tradition that dates back hundreds of years, but one young farmer is using modern technology to this remote farming practice.
Bert Van Niejenhuis, a Dutch vet working for CowSignals says that working on the same farm every day, sometimes you don’t see the problems on your farm anymore, and it can lead to an affliction he calls ‘owneritis’.
Any one that has ever studied in UCD know the 'Ags' are renowned for their active social life.
Mark Shorten and Conor Lehane have been keeping busy since being awarded five Irish Angus cross calves last year as part of the Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition.
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed has announced the launch of a targeted measure to provide assistance to farmers in North East Donegal, who suffered losses as a result of the brief but severe flooding experienced in the area last month.
The West Cork Vintage Ploughing and Threshing Association’s Ford 100 Fest took place on the ancestral home-farm of Henry Ford at Crohane, Ballinascarthy, Co. Cork, this weekend.
A change of breed has transformed lifestyle, performance and profit for suckler beef farmer Sean Hayden.
"Ireland as a nation should be doing something about Johne's Disease before consumer confidence is affected."
John Joe O’Sullivan made €152 extra per cow in bonuses, on-top of Lisavairds average price of 32.6c/l last year.
Fethard in Tipperary may be home to one of the world's most famous stud farms - Coolmore, but it's also home to one of Ireland's top Friesian herds.
Micheal Farrell believes in taking the slave-labour out of farming. Micheal runs a 120 Holstein Friesian cow herd with his wife Margaret, and son Allan.