Why failure to get a grip on farm succession can be a very costly mistake
'I'd been chasing a man for years to make a will and he eventually said I'm coming in to you next week to make a will. The poor man passed away over...
'I'd been chasing a man for years to make a will and he eventually said I'm coming in to you next week to make a will. The poor man passed away over...
UK suppliers don't want to talk about Brexit, Irish agri-businesses have said.
Having 1.5m dairy calves in Ireland in the spring is a challenge the sector needs to consider, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has said.
Glanbia supplier Kieran Hearne from Rathgormack, Co Waterford was crowned the overall winner at the 2019 NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards .
Sheep and suckler farmer Sinead Cusack always says that her biggest farming achievement is that she is "still farming".
Raymond Higgins spends weekdays working as an architect in one of London's most prestigious firms, and at weekends he treks the 500 miles to his native Roscommon to tend his award-winning potatoes.
Planting conifers won't help biodiversity on farms, Teagasc countryside management Specialist, Catherine Keena has warned.
Ownership of practices has "no influence on veterinary services" and is "not a concern” for the Veterinary Council of Ireland (VCI), its CEO Niamh Muldoon has said.
Ornua is receiving upwards of 1,000 queries a week on sustainability from consumers and suppliers.
Beef could soon be off the menu, with restaurants warning they may run out of supplies, as the Taoiseach and Tánaiste both called on protesting farmers to end their pickets.
A group of farmers staged a small protest at the Bord Bia tent, forcing it to shut down to visitors during the incident, at the National Ploughing...
An alliance of high profile farming organisations has been formed to promote a positive message about meat and dairy.
A critical agreement on the CAP budget post 2020 should be reached by the end of the year, EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan has said.
It can take up to 20 years to see results from a rewetted bog so farmers must be patient, a University of Limerick scientist has said.
The TB eradication programme is costing farmers €55m a year and the TB forum set up by the Department of Agriculture has “failed farmers” the IFA has said.
Glanbia has rejected claims by the Irish Grain Growers Group (IGGG) that it is to blame for what grain farmers say is an "excess of imported grain on the Irish market" this year.
The possibility of a no-deal Brexit is becoming "increasingly likely", Agriculture Minister Michael Creed has warned.
Dairy cow numbers are at their highest level in over three decades but the suckler cow herd has fallen below the one million mark for the first time in 26 years, according to new figures from the CSO.
Brexit is causing straw movement issues and despondency in the north and east of the country, tillage farmers have reported.
A war of words has broken out between Community and Rural Development Minister, Michael Ring, and Fianna Fáil deputy leader Dara Calleary over claims of underspending on rural schemes.
Dozens of tractors and other machinery owned by Bord na Mona went under the hammer at a recent auction at the company's Blackwater site in Co Offaly.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that that he is "very worried" for the future of the Irish beef industry and that continuing blockades are "making a bad situation worse".
A farmer whose five in calf cows were electrocuted and killed by fallen cable wires on a farm in Co Clare this week has said he was shocked when he saw the dead animals in his field.
Protesters lifted a blockade at Dawn Meats' Slane plant yesterday, with a statement from the Independent Farmers saying it hoped farmers throughout the country would follow suit.
Banning the use of the splash-plate slurry spreading on derogation farms would cure a lot of agriculture's emission issues, a Teagasc scientist has maintained.
A hard Brexit tariff scenario would lead to an existential crisis for cross border dairy trade and Northern Irish milk, Dale Farm CEO Nick Whelan has said.
Joe Brady has withdrawn from the IFA presidency race.
Padraic Joyce has withdrawn his name from the IFA deputy presidency race.
The Tanaiste Simon Coveney has warned that farmers not buying into collective leadership and expressing their anger without the structure of farming organisations is dangerous for the sector.
The Beef Plan Movement will protest outside several supermarkets this week against a stipulation placed on farmers that beef cattle must be under 30 months when slaughtered.
An arbitration process which is understood to have ruled in favour of Kerry Co-op suppliers in a milk-price dispute with Kerry Group plc could see farmers receive significant top-up payments.
Eamon Sheehan firmly believes farmers aren't getting enough credit for the effort they put in to looking after the environment while contending with weather and market challenges.
Talks between farming organisations and meat processors are set to resume next week after a breakthrough to get parties back around the table.
Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has confirmed that he will facilitate new talks between all parties in the beef dispute on Monday.
Ornua's PPI has dropped for August 2019, despite calls by farmers that Irish co-op milk prices are "falling behind EU counterparts".
Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has extended the deadline for applications to the €100m BEAM (Beef Exceptional Aid Measure) scheme as just 20,000 out of a possible 70,000 eligible farmers applied to the scheme.
Dairygold has launched a guarantee known as 'Pastureland' which states that all of it suppliers' milk is sourced from grass-fed cows.
The average dairy farmer could save up to €1,000 per year on energy bills by switching their business from day-rate to night-rate electricity billing.
A farmer faces the prospect of jail for his participation in unofficial beef protests, which have now entered their sixth day despite the arrival of Chinese inspectors.
Roads around the ABP factory in Bandon are understood to be blocked this morning as cattle trucks seeking to offload stock are being stopped by protesting farmers.
Farmers must break the habits of a lifetime in order to face climate change challenge, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment told farmers.
Animal feed manufacturers have strongly rejected claims by the IFA that the industry is profiteering on the backs of tillage farmers, by keeping ration costs high despite the expected drop in grain prices this harvest.
Gardaí are investigating an incident of sudden death which occurred on farmland in Ballynacargy, Co Westmeath on August 23 at approximately 6:30pm.
IFA presidential candidate Tim Cullinan and a group of 30 supporters protested and entered the office of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) this afternoon demanding for the state agency to “break up” what they called the “cartel” controlling beef prices in Ireland.
Like many young farmers, 21-year-old beef farmer Robert Lally studied dairy business with an eye toward possibly converting into milking cows in the future, but unlike many of his peers, he has decided to stick with beef.
A year on from opening up to the nation about his battle with depression and burnout on The Late Late Show, dairy farmer Harold Kingston urges farmers that even when they are feeling their worst, there is always somebody to talk to.
Feelings of worthlessness and no confidence that plagued farm contractor and Macra member Andy Nolan from Luggacurren, Co Laois through most of his 20s culminated in the young man's battle with depression coming to a head last year.
Mart health-check screenings means that farmers don't have to scrub up - and it could save their lives, Dr Noel Richardson of the National Centre for Men's Health in IT Carlow said.
'I've cut down to two slices of bread a day but there's one thing I still can't do without and that's butter on spuds." These are the words of Roscommon beef farmer Peter Naughton who has lost one stone and five pounds since joining the local Moore Movers initiative which began last January aimed at improving the health and fitness of farmers.
Beef prices and weather unpredictability are piling extra pressure on farmers in recent years, the Samaritans have said.
Young farmer Nigel Daunt has transformed his family's long-standing suckler farm into an award-winning dairy enterprise in the space of two years.
Concern over beef prices was the hot topic of discussion at the Virginia Agricultural Show in Co Cavan yesterday.
Five sheep plants and close to 10 beef factories are expected to be inspected by Chinese officials who are due to visit Ireland during the last week of August.
Young women with strong agricultural roots make up a strong cohort of contestants in this year's Rose of Tralee festival.
Farmers who hold shares in Kerry Co-op have voiced concerns that a new board of directors will not be elected after its advisory committee elections take place in October.
The CAO points required to study Agricultural Science courses have dropped for most universities and third level institutions, with UCD seeing a 26 point decrease in study requirements for its course.
Boardroom politics and 'a wait your turn young fella' attitude are some of the reasons young people cited for putting them off getting involved in co-operative boards, according to a new report.
IRISH agriculture needs to reduce its reliance on cattle and future-proof the sector against the threat of new diseases and global economic upheaval, a leading academic has warned.
Bronagh O Rourke is only just getting used to being called a farmer.
Up to 60,000 rural and urban dwellers alike are expected to attend the country's premier livestock show in Tullamore today.
There will be short term disruption even in the event of an orderly Brexit, Kerry Group CEO Edmond Scanlon has said.
Even an orderly Brexit will cause short-term disruption, Kerry Group CEO Edmond Scanlon has warned.
Ulster Farmers Union has said that claims that 45,000 cows will be culled in a no deal Brexit scenario are “scare tactics”.
Soaring insurance premiums are leading to the closure of agri-tourism businesses and forcing country shows and festivals to look for public support to finance their insurance cover.
Wexford farmer Jamie Ryan is fearful that in 20 years' time, half of his farm will be flooded due to severe coastal erosion.
Will Condon thinks his father Joe's decision to set up an organic Galloway herd on the foothills of the Knockmealdown Mountains in the mid 90s was ahead of its time and brave.
The future of the co-op movement is in jeopardy because of the lack of women and young people in decision-making positions, Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS) CEO TJ Flanagan has said.
In the 1800s, Horace Plunkett devised the Irish co-operative model on the basis of equality and fairness but the current figures for gender and age diversity on the boards of Irish co-ops are a far cry from those principles.
EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan came under fire from Irish and European MEPs last week on what they called an "Armageddon" Mercosur deal at the first meeting of the new EU Parliament Agri committee last week.
Farming entrepreneur Mary Murphy has proven that the sky is truly the limit for her invention of the sheep marking gun as she was recently announced as one of five recipients of Sky's €140,000 Women in Technology scholarship programme.
Sheep flocked in to save the day at the weekend when a popular pig race was cancelled due to African Swine Fever (ASF) concerns.
EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan came under fire from Irish MEPs on “Armageddon” Mercosur deal at the first meeting of the new EU Parliament Agri committee.
The final cost of the Ash Dieback disease outbreak will top €800m, a forestry group has claimed.
The country's best Angus bulls are battling it out in regional heats with the aim of being crowned overall winner of the Aldi Angus All-Ireland Bull Calf Championship next month.
There are no plans to reduce the suckler cow herd to facilitate the expansion of the dairy sector, the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, has said.
The review of the Reconstitution on Ash Dieback scheme is taking longer than it should have, Minister for State with responsibility for forestry Andrew Doyle has said.
An outbreak of a new aggressive strain of potato blight in the UK poses no immediate risk to Irish growers but they can’t be complacent either, a Teagasc advisor has said.
The next time you are munching on a much-loved packet of Tayto crisps, spare a thought for the farmers who make the experience all possible.
'Overwhelmed is something I never got; tired yes, but never overwhelmed." That's according to the overall winner of the latest Dairygold Milk Quality Awards, Edward Donovan, who is reflecting on him transforming the family tillage farm in Cloyne, Co Cork into a dairy operation as a new entrant in 2014.
Derelict farmhouses dot the landscape of Ireland's countryside, but one farming couple's decision to revamp an abandoned dwelling has paid off.
The Beef Plan Movement is calling on rural stakeholders and organisations to take part in a protest against the EU Mercosur trade deal which it said is the 'final straw' for beef farmers and rural Ireland.
Ireland should make haste slowly before closing down knackeries due to the critical function they play in the farming community for the disposal of fallen animals, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has said.
More planning is required to deal with extreme weather at farm level as summer temperatures are projected to increase by 40pc by 2050, according to Met Eireann's head of climatology Seamus Walsh.
From vetting every Mercosur farm before its produce is allowed to enter the EU market to kicking farms and, ultimately, countries out of the agreement if they do not adhere to standards, an EU official informed the Farming Independent about the main potential impacts of a Mercosur trade deal.
The Minister for Agriculture has said it is his responsibility to ensure everything is done to frustrate, mitigate and dismantle the ambition of the Mercosur deal and protect the Irish beef sector.
Gardai are investigating a farm accident which caused a woman to be airlifted to hospital on Monday.
The Mercosur deal on the table is not a done deal, the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has said.
There is potential for the pig industry to expand in Ireland it isn’t for the faint hearted, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has said.
The Irish dairy and drinks industry could face increased tariffs as the US threatens an additional €3.5bn ($4bn) in tariffs on EU goods.
Sitka spruce is the most important crop in Ireland bar none from a climate change perspective, Director of IBEC's Forest Industries Ireland Mark McAuley has said.
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.
Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed said he can’t veto a Mercosur deal he hasn’t seen yet.
Just 15pc of farmers have a clear succession plan in place, a major survey has found.
A Mercosur deal coupled with a hard Brexit would be "an extraordinary double hit" for the Irish beef industry, Bord Bia CEO Tara McCarthy has said.
As many as many as seven in 10 Irish food and drink companies have stockpiled supplies as a guard against Brexit. Half of Irish food sector businesses are holding up to three weeks of stock outside Ireland.
Kerry Co-op will issue payment of €619.50 for each co-op share under the share redemption scheme, it has stated.
Levels of Brexit stockholding amongst Irish food and drink companies has doubled to 70pc, according to the latest Bord Bia Brexit Barometer 2019 Results and Actions report.
THE rural bastions of Macra na Feirme and the GAA recently announced that they would march in the upcoming Dublin Pride festival, a move which reflects the changing attitudes that are making it easier for people to be gay in rural Ireland.
A town at the heart of the Golden Vale region in Munster is hoping to welcome 900,000 tourists a year as a former country house opens its doors to the public.
Land and farm collaboration between young trained farmers and older farmers is delivering a 65pc increase in farm production on average, according to Macra na Feirme's 2019 Land Mobility Report.
Some would say that a 2,000km cycle is a hell of a journey, but for Mayo farmer Alan Heaney, who is cycling from Lourdes to Knock, it is more of a pilgrimage.
Kerry Co-op will go ahead with a cash-for-shares redemptions scheme following a vote at its Special General Meeting in Tralee.
A farmer has died following a farm accident in Co Roscommon.
At the last tender sale, the remaining 162 tonnes of skimmed milk powder out of a total, original amount of 380,000 tonnes in public stocks were sold, fully emptying as a result the total stocks bought and managed by the Commission.
Teach a man to farm and you feed him for a lifetime - that could very well be the motto of one west Cork priest who has been passing on farming skills to locals in Mozambique for several decades.
Kerry Co-op will go ahead with cash for shares redemptions scheme following its Special General Meeting in Tralee.
The Highland Show which is beloved amongst Irish fans is due to take place in Edinburgh, Scotland from today to Sunday, June 23. Whether you’re boarding a 6am flight for a day trip to the show or making a weekend out of it, below is some key advice on attending one of farming’s most famous events:
Land and farm collaboration between young trained farmers and older farmers is delivering a 65pc increase in farm production on average, according to Macra na Feirme's 2019 Land Mobility Report published today.
A Mercosur deal would be completely ‘contradictory’ and ‘disastrous’ in light of Ireland’s recently published Climate Action Plan, farm organisations have warned.
More than a third of beef farmers are uncertain if they will be farming in five years, a report published by IFAC has stated.
More than a third of Irish beef farmers are uncertain if they will be farming in five years' time, according to a new report.
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will meet tomorrow with officials from the Department of Agriculture to examine account information from 2017 which includes funding given to Bord Bia and Teagasc.
CAP budget cuts could become a reality if EU countries aren’t ambitious on the environment, EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan has said.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and three other European leaders have sent a letter to EU Commission President Jean Claude Junker highlighting their “deep concern” on a potential EU trade deal with Mercosur being passed next week that could “threaten agriculture” in Europe.