Thirsty weather ahead as price of a pint could rise by €5
Could the price of a pint of beer really rise by as much as €5? Scientists are warning that the impact of climate change could take a long-term toll on the quality of barley.
Could the price of a pint of beer really rise by as much as €5? Scientists are warning that the impact of climate change could take a long-term toll on the quality of barley.
More medium-sized farms than small farms could exit agriculture as the risk of a no deal Brexit elevates, Teagasc’s Chief Economist Kevin Hanrahan has warned.
Six is the lucky number for one ewe on the Teagasc farm in Athenry, Co Galway who has given birth to sextuplet lambs for the second year in a row.
The UK's biggest supermarket chain has insisted it has no plans to import cheap beef from South America post-Brexit amid concerns over Ireland's valuable export trade.
Macra needs to become a stronger voice on all issues affecting the rural youth and not just young people involved in farming, says Thomas Duffy, the only person nominated to be the next Macra...
Dairy farming is the future for agriculture graduates in the south of the country, judging the mood among students at last week's open day in Clonakilty Agricultural College.
The MATIF pricing structure set for malting barley between Boortmalt and the IFA may not have been the right option, according to Boortmalt CEO Peter Nallen.
Irish calf exporters have received approval by the French Authorities for an increase in the holding capacity of one of the lairages at Cherbourg which facilitates the processing of animal exports to the EU.
Agricultural price inputs have increased by 5.7pc in January 2019 compared to the same period last year, according to latest figures from the Central Statistics Office.
The Unfair Trading Practices Directive has been formally adopted by the European Parliament today.
"No matter what kind of Brexit takes place, things are going to change." That was the big message from Agriculture Minister Michael Creed at the recent Brexit Stakeholders Consultative...
Poor funding and the inclusion of only 1,200 dairy herds in the Irish Johne's Control Programme (IJCP) means we could miss our opportunity to reduce the disease, Veterinary Ireland's Conor Geraghty has...
Farmers need to be 100pc committed to producer groups even during pinch periods to ensure they work, a seminar on establishing beef producing...
The merger of Lakeland Dairies and LacPatrick co-operatives has secured regulatory approval from the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission here and the UK's Competition and Markets...
Lakeland Dairies and LacPatrick co-operatives have jointly received regulatory approval, for the merger of both societies, from the Competition and...
Producer organisations (POs) are doomed to fail if farmers can be tempted to break ranks by the promise of All-Ireland tickets from processors, a leading agri solicitor has said.
EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has warned Irish farmers to stay calm amid Brexit turmoil as he accused the British government of a "political stunt" over the no-deal tariff regime published this week.
The DUP is locked in negotiations this weekend as beleaguered British Prime Minister Theresa May seeks to win its support for her deal to leave the EU.
Farmers must stay calm and not react to the UK’s tariff statement which was a political stunt, EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan has warned.
Farmers need to shed the image of being overworked and underpaid and become more business minded, BBC broadcaster and farmer Adam Henson told an Alltech conference in Dublin.
Farmers could face further difficulties in getting vets to call out to their farm as the Department of Agriculture's invitation to vets to register for Border Inspection Posts (BIP) with them as part of Brexit contingency planning could exacerbate the shortage of large-animal specialists.
The future supply of ash for hurleys is a "huge worry", the man who supplied most of the All-Ireland winning Clare team of 2013 has warned.
A decade ago, suckler farmer and civil engineer Derek McCabe decided on planting ash in the hope that forestry would provide a pension pot for his family.
GLAS has failed in increasing bird conservation in Ireland, Chair of the Curlew Task Force Alan Lauder has claimed.
Pneumonia and parasitic enteritis were the main reasons for cattle and sheep deaths during the last quarter of 2018, the latest Department of Agriculture Regional Veterinary Lab (RVL) report has revealed.
Former chair of Bord Bainne and Tipperary native Tom Cleary has died.
The “10,000 aeroplanes in the sky” are to be blamed for climate change and not farmers, Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae has said,
Farmers should hold off on making lump sum capital investments in the likes of milking parlours until they know the outcome of Brexit, agriculture State agency Teagasc has warned.
The vegan trend will only last two to three more years, the CEO of the National Dairy Council, Zoe Kavanagh, has predicted.
Commonage farmers who may have only sat in the same room together during a funeral are now working together for the common good of the hills.
Longer waits for call-outs and unmotivated workers would become the norm if practices were allowed to be owned by corporations or lay people, Veterinary Ireland has claimed.
A risk-based approach where herds are restricted for up to eight years, which has been successful in Australia, could be the answer to eradicating TB in Ireland, according to a UCD researcher.
"People on the street were telling me to get off the street, but it was all fun."
Humans start gorse fires in February, not climate change, Coillte Risk Manager Mick Power has said.
'If you wait for the perfect day in March or April to spread Nitrogen, you have lost a month where grass could have been grown. Now is your chance to grow grass."
Former ICSA rural development chairman Seamus Sherlock, who stepped down from the role last week, said he needed a break from a position which was taking over his life.
President Michael D Higgins has questioned whether agricultural subsidies have done enough to capture the goodwill of farmers to farm in a manner that benefits the environment.
The establishment of increased producer groups could strengthen the power of farmers, the Department of Agriculture have said, amidst being slammed by TDs for not doing enough to put pressure on the factories to increase prices.
The European Union will not vote on CAP reform files until April which will may delay the implementation of CAP reforms said MEP and Vice President of the EU Parliament Mairead McGuinness.
Politicians have criticised Bord Bia and the Department of Agriculture for inspecting farmers and not doing enough to expand markets to help alleviate the current beef crisis price.
The most recent Global Dairy Trade Index (GDT) has seen prices rise by 0.9pc, which is the sixth consecutive increase.
A group of “Fit Farmers” who have come together to beat the bulge say the initiative has improved their physical and mental wellbeing but that they won’t be giving up meat anytime soon.
A new report highlighted how EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan carried out a “disproportionate” amount of meetings with Irish farm organisations and lobby groups since he began his role in 2014.
Walking the farm and keeping it simple are sheep farmer Dan O'Loughlin’s main grassland management tips for reaching the 'magic day' (when grass growth equals demand) on his farm near Monasterevin, Co Kildare.
'After 61 years, I've finally become an overnight success' - although Celtic Wind Crops CEO Joe Gavin jokes about the speed at which the hemp oil business he set up six years ago has grown, there is plenty of truth in his statement.
Fianna Fail members have written to the chair of the Oireachtais Joint Committee on Agriculture calling for an emergency meeting with the Minister of Agriculture Michael Creed to address issues that are preventing the current expansion of live exports of calves.
Wildlife poaching by criminal gangs has reached levels not seen since the 1980s, gardaí have warned.
Contractors are quoting a 5pc increase on charges in order to meet with the increases in costs of machinery and higher labour costs since the start of 2019.
Only 85pc of lambs are all lambs conceived are alive at weaning time. While it’s not possible to save every lamb, a few simple changes can go a long way to reduce lamb mortality on farm. Here are Teagasc's guidelines on how to best prevent lamb deaths:
Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed said he doesn’t envisage that there will be bureaucratic issues in relation to farm inspections and procurement of scales which will be part of the new BEEP scheme (Beef Environmental Efficiency Pilot).
Sitka spruce forests - made up of large, coniferous, evergreen trees - are “depressing places” which increase rural isolation and lead to the closure of primary schools, the Save Leitrim campaign group have claimed.
Beans yields took a major hit last summer when Storm Emma in March led to late plantings and the drought of summer 2018 meant yields only amounted to 2.5t/ha on average.
Revenue will be the only winners in the share conversion scheme that Kerry Co-op is set to offer its members, Kerry Co-op Shareholders Alliance have warned.
A mart manager who has seen her insurance premium double in the last three years has sent out a questionnaire to every mart in the country to find out if accidents are increasing and leading to higher premiums.
FoodWise 2025 production targets are becoming more incompatible with climate targets, Fianna Fail TD Jackie Cahill has said.
A cattle lorry caused much consternation on the streets of Castlebar, Co Mayo on Monday when it got stuck in the busy town centre.
Following a reluctant start and confusion amongst the cows, the UCD Lyons Farm dairy herd yesterday managed to successfully walk through a new underpass recently constructed on the 220ha farm.
Applications for the 2019 Nitrates Derogation can now be submitted online, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has announced.
Farmers in the north and west of the country and upland regions are set to face their first significant snowfall of the year.
Glanbia Ireland plan to create 80 jobs in a new €140 million manufacturing facility in Belview, Co Kilkenny.
Poor prices and the absence of veterinary clearance have limited the scope of live exports to North Africa and the Middle East over the last two years, according to Joe Burke of Bord Bia.
The threat of increased beef imports into Europe from Argentina could erase any benefits that accrue to Irish farmers from lower EU beef production in 2019.
Brexit could cause serious difficulties for the Irish sheep processing sector, Bord Bia's Declan Fennell told last week's Meat Marketing Seminar.
Mart insurance premiums will remain stubbornly high until there is a change in the severity and frequency of accidents, FBD Insurance has said.
Bread shortages on par with those experienced during last year’s Storm Emma snow could become the norm in the event of a hard Brexit, farmers have warned.
Ireland has one of the lowest percentages of female farm managers, a new EU survey has revealed, but dairy farmer Imelda Walsh believes that "women aren’t shrinking violets" and the tide is turning.
Bread shortages on a par with those experienced during last year's Storm Emma snow could become the norm in the event of a hard Brexit, farmers have warned.
Farm safety and farmers' mental well-being were the focus of some rural-centred projects on show at this year's BT Young Scientist Exhibition in Dublin.
State authorities need to step in to prevent further dog attack devastation on sheep flocks, President of the INHFA has urged.
The second GDT (Global Dairy Trade) event of the year has seen prices rise for the fourth time in succession and has signalled a positive start to 2019 as Irish co-ops hold their milk price quotes.
The Irish government can’t wait for "a rabbit out of a hat solution to Brexit" and must make plans on the basis that the UK will leave the European Union, ICMSA President Patrick McCormack said.
Liam Condon has come a long way since his teenage years spent doing "back-breaking work" picking vegetables on a neighbours' farm on the Navan Road in Dublin 7.
The country's national sheep flock is expected to decline this year, despite hogget prices reaching a five-year high last year.
Between 20,000 and 40,000 less cattle will be slaughtered in 2019, according to Bord Bia’s Latest forecast on the meat sector.
Dairy farmers need to prepare now and can’t assume that an extreme weather year like 2018 won’t happen again, Head of Agriculture at AIB Tadgh Buckley has warned.
Farmers fear that illegal dumping on their land will get worse before it gets better.
A NEW trade association has been created for the forestry and timber industry, amid growing fears over the impact of Brexit.
Brexit anxiety was the catalyst that led to the formation of Forestry Industries Ireland (FII), a new trade association for the forestry and timber industry that has been set up by IBEC.
New mart regulations introduced this week will increase pressure on marts already struggling to cope with rising insurance costs and red tape, industry sources have warned.
An overall dry outlook for the weekend should mean slurry and fertiliser spreading season should get off to a positive start, despite some rain forecast for the west.
New legislation which bans the slaughter of animals without prior stunning has come in to effect in parts of Belgium.
An Irish businessman on the board of a company that produces controversial pesticide Roundup said consumers and farmers should be in no doubt that the product is safe.
Walking 10,000 steps a day may not be enough exercise for farmers if they aren't increasing intensity or breaking a sweat.
Wicklow dairy farming team Joe and Michael Hayden are fourth-generation dairy farming brothers who have been supplying Baileys through Glanbia for the last 30 years.
Since the Organic Farming Scheme reopened last month many farmers may be considering whether their farm would be suitable to convert to organic. Before you decide, you should read our handy guide on everything you need to know about converting:
"Never put a free-range turkey in an oven bag, and cook it chest down rather than upwards." This isn't the advice of a Michelin-star chef - instead, it's pearls of wisdom from one of the country's leading poultry farmers.
In Michael Shiel's book A Quiet Revolution, he calls the electrification of Ireland's countryside "the greatest social and economic revolution in rural Ireland since the Land War."
When you are tucking into your Christmas feast next week, spare a thought for the farmers and workers whose efforts make it possible.
West Kerry doesn’t have a tradition of hosting tractor runs but recently the region welcomed 147 tractors in a special charity event that raised over €40,000 for local charities.
Global dairy prices had a slight increase at a fortnightly auction held today which comes on the back of prices rising for the first time in six months recently.
Time is running out for the directive on unfair trading practices to be approved by the EU Parliament in time for Christmas, the EU council has warned.
A farmer has admitted to injecting cows with a special type of diesel in order to fake TB in their cattle so that they could get compensation.
With calving season only a matter of weeks away, some farmers many be considering whether they should contract rear their heifer calves down the line. Here's some things to consider before deciding whether to send them to be contract rearer or not:
Dairy farmers only got one day off and worked over 12 hour days during the stressful Spring period of 2018, according to a new Teagasc study on labour and stress issues.
Only a fraction of IFA members have signed up to the association’s anti-theft initiative, prompting calls for farmers to get serious about crime prevention measures.
Farmers in Waterford had on average the highest incomes during the period between 2014-2016, according to figures provided by Revenue.
Lakeland Dairies has reduced its milk price by one cent for the month of November.
Fonterra said its reduction in farmgate milk price and drop in margin by €14 million for the first quarter of 2018 is due to the surge in global milk supply and adverse weather conditions.
Member States need to address poor rural broadband speed to ensure small to medium-sized farms are allowed to take part in the agri-tech revolution, EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has said.
Dairy farmers are likely to see an increase in the costs paid for Farm Relief Services (FRS) milkings this spring due to labour shortages.
Seaweed-based feed is no silver bullet for methane reduction in cattle and further research is needed on its viability in Ireland given our island location and emission target challenges, a Teagasc scientist has said.
Suckler herds can reduce their Greenhouse Gas emissions by 10pc over the next 20 years if they use genetics to produce profitable and carbon efficient cows.
Farmers are one of the largest groups to feature on the on the latest Revenue Defaulters list which details tax defaulters for the cases of failure to file a tax return, failure to remit tax, or delivery of an incorrect return.
Limerick pair John and Olivia McNamara have been named Grassland Farmers of the Year.
Brexit and fluctuating farm incomes are expected to be the main topics of discussion at the Teagasc Outlook event today.
INHFA is calling for "a fair and transparent review" of the ANC (Areas of Natural Constraints) scheme and insisted that farmers with the highest level of constraint must be compensated appropriately when setting rates per hectare.
A shortage of vets is leading to succession issues in rural practices and the problem needs to be addressed, it has been warned.
A farmer owed money from the sale of sheep since the liquidation of Castleblayney Mart in April said farmers feel "left in the dark" about whether they will receive what they are due.
Key findings in the third National Forest Inventory completed in 2017 show that Leitrim is the county with the highest percentage of forest cover (18.9pc). A total of 536ha was planted by private foresters in Leitrim in 2017.
EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has hit out at the EU Court of Auditors for “ignoring” evidence provided to them on the importance of direct payments to farmers.
Fixed milk price contracts offer farmers the chance to be loved by banks in the face of milk price volatility, a leading dairy researcher has said.
Members of the Kerry Co-op Shareholders Alliance have slammed a proposal believed to have been put forward by the co-op board for a partial spin-out of its €2.2bn stake in Kerry Group.
The threat of a hard Border is looming as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar admitted it would be “very difficult” to avoid if Britain crashes out of the EU without a Brexit divorce deal.
The risk of a no deal Brexit is substantial, and there is no point pretending otherwise, EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan has warned.
The Government is ramping up preparations for a no-deal Brexit amid massive uncertainty over whether or not the proposed withdrawal agreement with the UK will be passed in Westminster.