Deforestation in Brazil accelerates in July, threatening EU trade deal
More pressure is set to be heaped on the EU Commission to abandon its controversial Mercosur trade deal after new data shows deforestation in Brazil has soared in July.
More pressure is set to be heaped on the EU Commission to abandon its controversial Mercosur trade deal after new data shows deforestation in Brazil has soared in July.
The distribution of the recently announced €100m beef support package for the beef sector has seen farmers turn on each other.
The Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has claimed that there was an 'active' social media campaign over the past week to 'mislead' farmers on the Government's position on the...
The Government will not be proceeding with regulations that would have allowed general roadside hedge cutting during August this year on a trial basis.
A groundbreaking research trial this summer is set to test a vaccine that might prevent liver fluke.
Irish beef farmers reeling after the EU signed a trade deal between the European Union and the Mercosur group of South American countries suffered another blow as French President Emmanuel Macron backed the deal.
Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed is being called on to reject a proposal in the new EU Animal Health Law Delegated Act to impose 30-day pre-movement testing for TB on all herds that are more than six months tested.
New figures from the CSO underline the income pressures which farmers faced in 2018 as a result of farmgate price cuts, soaring input costs and historic weather events.
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday he would not sign any trade deal with Brazil if President Jair Bolsonaro pulled out of the Paris climate accord, threatening to put a spanner in the works of EU-Mercosur trade negotiations.
A review of feedlots' impact on the trade and securing an EU quality mark for Irish suckler beef are among the key proposals in a new report on the beef industry.
Kells gardai are investigating the theft of more than 100 sheep from land at Ross, Mountnugent, Oldcastle.
The shortfall between the Ornua PPI price-per-litre and the average price actually being paid by Irish Co-ops will cost the average milk supplier “around €2,000” over the peak production period,...
Bayer said it would invest €5 billion in developing new weedkillers and reducing its environmental impact by 30pc by 2030, as it seeks to address the fallout from U.S. class-action litigation over...
Sealing a free trade agreement with South American bloc Mercosur after 20 years of talks is the European Union’s top priority, EU trade chief Cecilia Malmstrom said on Thursday.
Lakeland Dairies and Kerry have both announced unchanged milk prices for May supplies
Extra feed costs associated with last summer's drought and higher fertiliser charges contributed to knocking more than €570m off farmer margins in 2018.
Last week, the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine launched a report containing a series of recommendations to protect the future of the Irish beef sector.
The state has shelled out €29.1m to compensate turf cutters banned from cutting turf on certain bogs.
The number of 100 plus cow dairy herds has more than trebled since 2005, and these units now account for around half the country's cows and about one-third of the holdings.
Having excessive lambs is not an issue for most sheep farmers, but it's a problem Offaly farmers Ken and Richard Matthews have tackled head-on.
It is estimated the Britian's new market access to China could be worth almost €260 million to the country's beef sector in the first five years, according to the ADHB.
Farmers are protesting at the EU Commission offices today over what they call a ‘Sell Out’ trade deal with the South American group of Mercosur countries.
Farmers on the Shannon callows have raised concerns over the rising water levels on the river.
Excluding dairy farmers from the Areas of Natural Constraint scheme due to their high stoking rate has been branded as unfair by Fianna Fail TD Jackie Cahill.
With around 70pc of this year's calves born and tested for BVD, the prevalence of persistently infected (PI) births has reduced to 0.03pc - a 20-fold decrease since the start of the compulsory testing programme in 2013.
Over a quarter of British farmers back leaving the EU with no deal, according to a new survey.
A radical raft of measures to halt a slide in quality standards in the country's waterways is being proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
A FARM owner has been ordered to pay a worker over €18,000 after making him redundant after 30 years of service.
Met Eireann projections indicate that the eastern half of the country will have 1.7 to 2.0 times average rainfall this week.
Land prices in the West of Ireland have fallen for three consecutive years, according to new data from Sherry FitzGerald Research.
The farming sector faces "massive challenges" in reducing its level of work-related fatalities and injuries, Teagasc director Gerry Boyle has warned.
The argument for a milk price rise to be announced by all Co-ops when they set May milk price is irresistible, the Chairperson of ICMSA’s Dairy Committee Ger Quain has said.
A number of farms were searched this morning by the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation in connection with suspected horsemeat fraud.
An agreement on a common approach to the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy is set to be further delayed as Member States seek clarity on the policy's future budget.
The second phase of the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH), which will provide operational support for biomass boilers and anaerobic digestion heating systems has opened.
An EU farming review has raised concerns around the environmental benefits being delivered by Ireland's €300m Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP).
Irish Water has confirmed a significant increase in pesticide exceedances detected in public water supplies so far this year.
Lump sum payments for older farmers who permanently transfer their holding to young farmers has been suggested by EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan as a measure to improve the age profile of farmers in the EU.
Lameness has been described as the most serious welfare concern facing the European dairy industry.
Beef businessman Larry Goodman and his family, the Emirate Maktoum family and Bord Bia are all in receipt of hundreds of thousands of euro in EU farm payments, according to the latest list.
Beef businessman Larry Goodman and his family, the Emirate Maktoum family and Bord Bia are all in receipt of hundreds of thousands of euro in EU farm payments, according to the 2018 list of Common Agricultural Policy beneficiaries, which is published annually by the Department of Agriculture.
A maximum height for the loading/construction of silage pits needs to be issued by the Health and Safety Authority, The Association of Farm & Forestry Contractors in Ireland (FCI) has urged as dairy farm sizes increase.
Glanbia Ireland said today that it paid approximately €1 billion, including VAT, for milk directly to 4,500 farmer suppliers in 2018.
The inaugural meeting of the new CAP post-2020 Consultative Committee, is taking place today chaired by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed.
An Taisce has said the EU would be right to revoke Ireland’s nitrates derogation.
A warning has been issued after an 'exceedance' for the herbicide glyphosate was detected in the public drinking water supply in Co Mayo.
An exceedance for the herbicide glyphosate has been detected in the public drinking water supply in Newport, Co. Mayo.
Farmers face increased climate action pressure from the Government and EU in the wake of the European elections.
If there's one message top sheep farmer John Curley had for those attending an open day on his farm recently it was how good grass management can cut your meal bills.
Fears were raised after last year's budget that provisions in the 2019 Finance Bill could potentially see young farmers hit with massive tax bills.
Grass silage accounts for 20-25pc of total annual feed per cow on well-run dairy farms and up to 30pc of total feed on beef farms depending on the production systems in place, figures from Teagasc show.
Sheep farmers have been warned to be wary of the temptation to delay weaning lambs in a bid to boost liveweight gain.
Gardaí in Granard are investigating the sudden death of a farmer (mid 60s) on his farm in Longford.
Micheal Martin hits out at Phil Hogan and the Government over funding announcement during election campaign.
The European Court of Auditors will visit Ireland as part of an audit to assess whether the EU’s agricultural policy helps maintain and enhance biodiversity.
Gardai cannot categorise 'lurching' as a crime on its Pulse system, the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has confirmed.
Even in the worst case scenario – if just 10pc of farmers use the technology - it would still be worth the massive sums the Government is investing, Communications Minister Richard Bruton has claimed.
A new study has found that efficient dairy farms operating on poorly drained soils can be as profitable as those on drier land.
ICOS Marts Committee have warned that if a new €50m beef support package announced by EU Commissioner Phil Hogan amounts to slaughter only assistance it could be directed to a handful of factory agents.
The distribution of a new aid package for beef farmers has been greeted by some with concerns raised that factory owned feedlots may have access to the supports.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's promises to rural Ireland are piling up by the day - but he insists it's just a coincidence that there's an election next week.
A week out from crucial local and European Elections, former Fine Gael Minister and now EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has announced a package of €50m for under pressure beef farmers.
A row between shareholders in Kerry Co-op is escalating as the Kerry Group share price broke through the €100 barrier for the first time this month to value the company at almost €18bn.
Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton has given his strongest indication yet that farmers will be faced with difficult changes under new climate action plans being developed by Government.
A row between shareholders in Kerry Co-op is escalating as share price of Kerry Group plc broke through the €100 barrier for the first time in its history this month with the company now valued at just over €18bn.
The most active class of land sellers are executors or others making probate sales, according to a new report.
The Bermingham family are battling on two fronts — against the weather and the land to make a living on their farm in picturesque Doonbeg, Co Clare.
All rural dwellers and visitors have been urged to be extra vigilant as silage harvesting gets under way.
The Forest Service has issued a Status Orange fire risk warning as dry conditions are forecast in the coming days.
All rural dwellers and visitors to rural areas have been urged to be extra vigilant over the next few weeks which tend to be a particularly busy period on Irish farms.
Fianna Fail has said that farmers have nothing to fear from new laws it's proposing to address anti-social scrambler and quad bike use in urban areas.
Key divorce reforms called for by Ireland's leading family law expert are set to be parked by the Government - and may not be acted upon for years.
Key divorce reforms called for by the country's leading family law expert are being parked by the Government - and may not be acted upon for years.
Producers should not put weight on lambs that they are not going to get paid for, according to Michael Geoghegan, general manager of Kepak, Athleague.
Milk processors right across the continent are paying a higher price for their farmers’ milk with the three major Irish companies languishing in the ‘relegation zone’ of the European Milk league table, according to ICMSA's Ger Quain.
The Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed has said that less of an understanding in the EU of the immediate issues facing beef farmers.
The EPA today said that options to reduce fertiliser use will need to be implemented at farm level, after it found that ammonia levels are on an upward trend.
Farmers have described the brutality shown towards calves in holding facility Cherbourg as despicable.
Meat Industry Ireland have called for coupled supports to be reintroduced in the next CAP for suckler cows and sheep.
Teagasc is now advising dairy farmers to reassess their breeding policy for the 2019 season, on the back of animal welfare concerns and poor prices.
The Green Party has claimed that live export of cattle is unethical and called for trade to be banned.
The Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has condemned alleged mistreatment of Irish calves, in footage that is circulating online.
Of the 106 inspections of agriculture workplaces including farms in 2018, some 43pc were found to be in breach of employment law.
Farmers have called for a more consistent price for their milk after it was revealed that Kerrygold, has become the first Irish food brand to exceeded €1 billion in annual retail value.
Former Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association (ICSA) president, Patrick Kent has said he will be assisting MEP hopeful Mick Wallace in his election bid.
KERRYGOLD has become the first Irish food brand to exceeded €1bn in annual retail sales.
Kerrygold, has become the first Irish food brand to exceeded €1 billion in annual retail value
Brexit has been blamed for the delay in introducing an amended Fair Deal nursing home scheme for farmers.
Slurry is an extremely valuable source of nutrients on livestock farms and farmers must make the most of it, according to respected fertiliser specialist Stan Lalor.
Changes must be made soon to allow fines to be imposed for breaches in competition law, the Fianna Fail spokesperson on Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Deputy Billy Kelleher has said.
The IFA is to launch its a national campaign against AIB’s plans to sell certain farmer loans as part of its most recent loan sale.
Just one work permit remains from the 50 issued to the dairy sector last year for non-EU workers.
Beef sales in Britain have slumped to their lowest levels since 2016 and new figures from the Department of Agriculture reveal that beef prices here are now back by up to an average of €150 per head.
Presidential election runner up and now European Parliament hopeful Peter Casey has committed to fight tooth and nail to secure a better deal for farmers and rural Ireland.
With the major Christian festival of Easter and the Muslim festival of Ramadan approaching, IFA sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy said there is very strong demand for lamb.
The Forest Service has issued a 'Status Orange' fire warning on the back of Easterly High-Pressure conditions and forecast high temperatures.
Meat processors have said that shipping cattle directly to Britain for processing will not be an 'antidote' to high tariffs that may be imposed on Ireland beef in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
The Health and Safety Authority will begin an intensive inspection campaign next week with a focus on the safe use of tractors and machinery on farms.
The Future Growth Loan Scheme to allow for the roll out of €300 million in funding to eligible Irish SMEs including farmers is now open for applications.
Chinese authorities have now approved a seventh Irish beef plant, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has announced.
Efforts to re-establish live cattle exports to Egypt have received a major boost after the Department of Agriculture agreed three updated health certificates with Egyptian authorities.
The Law Reform Commission is set to complete its work on its review of law compulsory acquisition of land project by late 2019/early 2020.
Concern is mounting over the rising cost of funding the Fair Deal for nursing home care, as demand for the scheme soars.
Senior Gardai are looking for clarity on their role when called to help local sheriffs carry out evictions.
Commissioner Phil Hogan has told EU Agriculture Ministers that there is an urgent need for farmers to do more for the environment and that if Ministers sent a clear signal that climate and the environment will be at the heart of the CAP it would be an excellent argument for keeping maintaining CAP budget.
Farmers have reacted with anger over the decision of Glanbia and Lakeland to cut their respective milk price.
A deep crisis continues to grip the beef sector in Ireland with the Irish Farmers Association calling on the Government and EU Commission to compensate beef farmers for Brexit losses which they say run to over €100m.
The Irish Farmers Association have called on the Government and EU Commission to compensate beef farmers for Brexit losses which they say run to over €100m.
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed has launched a new booklet on welfare guidelines for dairy herds, addressing the critical factors associated with dairying, including feed, housing and labour.
The IFA has said that leased in entitlements should not be included in plans to introduce a stricter cap on farm payments under the Common Agricultural Policy.
The IFA has told its over 80,000 members that it is vital that farmers vote for candidates who will be willing to ‘fight on their backs’ for Irish farmers.
Gardai in the Cavan/Monaghan division have asked farmers to lock up their equipment following a spate of ATM thefts in the region using farm and construction equipment.
Calls have been made for the decision to extend electronic tagging to all sheep to be reversed.
The Irish dairy industry could be collateral damage in a rapidly escalating trade dispute between the US and the EU.
A majority of farmers are unwilling to allow greenways on their land, irrespective of compensation, new research has revealed.