Under siege - the threat to the suckler beef sector from dairy expansion
An independent market for suckler-bred Irish beef could help secure the sector's future, leading suckler experts have said.
An independent market for suckler-bred Irish beef could help secure the sector's future, leading suckler experts have said.
A group of north Kerry farmers are calling for an "immediate merger" at Newtownsandes Co-op as concerns over the future home of their milk pool escalate.
Young vets are on a collision course with Veterinary Ireland over starting salaries and conditions for recent graduates.
PLANS to upskill jobseekers to work in the labour-starved dairy sector is a short-term solution to a long-term problem, a leading agricultural...
A payment of €150/ha on all designated land (Natura) is being sought by the Irish Natura and Hill Farmers Association (INHFA).
A team of daredevil pigs will attempt the impossible at this year's Tullow Agricultural Show when they will bounce around a small obstacle course.
There are serious concerns about the sustainability of veterinary practices in western and north-western counties.
Physical work and on-call rotas are the biggest deterrents to young vets taking up positions in county practices, says Tipperary-based vet Eamon O'Connell (pictured).
Leading rural ladies from across the republic, northern Ireland and Scotland are set to take centre stage at the 46th annual International Miss Macra contest.
The surge in grass growth this year will deliver a financial boost of up to €2,800 for a 100ac holding, Teagasc has estimated.
Mount Briscoe Organic Farm is set to host the inaugural 'Mount Briscoe Rare and Traditional Breeds Show' on Sunday July 30 near Daingean, County Offaly.
It all started with a pet calf named 'Blackie'.She was given to Larry Murrin by his godfather when she was born. As a child, Larry became very...
A quad bike can be a deadly weapon on farms when left in the wrong hands, an FBD farm safety expert has warned.
It's 8pm on a fine summer's evening in the heart of the midlands.
Farmers are going back to their traditional courting roots with the help ‘A Table for Six,’ Ireland’s...
Predictions of record-breaking dairy incomes of €80,000 for 2017 will not be a reality for most dairy farmers, ICMSA president John Comer has warned.
Strong competition for restricted grain supplies on the home market has pushed the price of barley off the combine to as high as €148/t, the IFA claimed this week.
The factories and beef finishers were on a collision course this week as processors attempted to pull steer prices below €4/kg.
Over the counter banking services will be a thing of the past from tomorrow in the Co Sligo town of Ballymote as Bank of Ireland begins to roll out the overhaul of its rural branch network.
Briege Corkery is the most successful GAA player of all time.
A crisis is emerging in animal health services, veterinary experts have warned.
Students and young farmers from New Zealand are set to become part of the solution to the dairy sector's growing labour crisis.
All-Black Beauden Barrett may be one of the greatest rugby players on the planet but his former abode in the village of Ballinacree, Co Meath still holds a special place in his heart.
Best-selling American writer Michael Levine's theory that "chemically speaking, chocolate really is the world's perfect food" has made its way inside the farm gate.
Farmers are being encouraged to re-think out-of-date fat scoring techniques on lambs.
Farmers are being subjected to "haphazard" treatment by some local authorities when it comes to greenway leisure and tourism developments, IFA environment committee chairman Thomas Cooney has warned.
Agri businesses need long-term, low-cost loan measures to boost their competitiveness in the face of Brexit, Dawn Farms CEO Larry Murrin has warned.
Warnings the UK government is "sleepwalking" into a post-Brexit future of insecure, unsafe and expensive food supplies, reinforce the need for a "common sense" approach to negotiations in Brussels, a leading farm organisation has said.
Rural communities will soon be left without family doctors as hundreds are set to retire, new figures have identified.
On the day Leo Varadkar was made Taoiseach, Michael Ring paced his office up and down, waiting, wondering if he'd done enough to get 'the call'.
Meath farmers are tracing their agri roots from so-called "congested districts" of Connacht to superior holdings of the Royal county as part of a new book.
An emergency fund worth an estimated €1.5m is set to open for tillage farmers in the west hit by poor weather during last year’s harvest.
Milk prices will remain strong through the second half of the year despite the sharp rise in supplies, Dairygold chief executive Jim Woulfe has predicted.
Demand for Teagasc's full-time Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture is expected to drop by "at least 10pc" for the incoming academic year, Teagasc head of education, Tony Pettit has said.
Meat industry heavyweights have welcomed the US government's decision to formally brand Irish beef as 'uniquely grass-fed'
The national suckler herd is in danger of being consumed by the dairy industry, former IFA deputy president Derek Deane has claimed.
‘The GAA tends to be the only thing that holds rural Ireland together.” These were the first words spoken by Gaelic football dynamo Mick O’Dwyer, when he sat down with the Farming Independent at his family’s hotel in Waterville on the Iveragh Peninsula.
Irish farmers will suffer a double whammy as a result of Brexit because there is no plan to make up the shortfall in the UK contribution to the EU budget, the ICSA has warned.
"Right, lads and ladies, it's a great privilege to be back here managing a team in Croker but finishing with a win over a Kerryman would be the icing on the cake."
Ben Christie, an ambitious young farmer from Strabane, Co Tyrone, refuses to let Brexit scupper his dreams of dairying in the Republic.
During the height of summer in the late 1980s, beef and tillage farmer Kevin Bryson, spent hours upon hours sitting on his tractor in the heart of Derry City towing a load of fodder behind.
There will be an increase in the outsourcing of seasonal tasks on dairy farms, a Teagasc financial specialist has predicted.
IFA officials based near the border are urging Sinn Féin to take up their Westminster seats in order to ease the impact of Brexit on farmers in the region.
FACTORY moves to slash beef prices by €20 to €50/hd has provoked a furious reaction from the farm organisations.
Milking machine suppliers are reporting big surges in demand this summer against crippling labour shortages in the dairy sector.
AIB remains tight-lipped on claims that the bank is actively planning to sell off a loan book composed of 35 of its largest distressed borrowers to vulture funds.
Sheep farmers in the midlands are proving that flocking together is their best defence against a tough financial outlook.
Tonight the South East Women in Farming group will host an open and honest discussion on emotional well-being and resilience building for rural ladies in the region.
The expansion of dairying on a large scale in Connacht is set to be one of the big trends in agriculture over the next couple of decades, a leading agri economist has predicted.
"Romantic notions" about Ireland's small and medium-sized family farms will not ensure their survival, Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness has said.
FARM bodies are calling for a second round of the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland’s (SBCI’s) €150m low-cost loan scheme for cash-strapped farmers.
Calls are being made for the Basic Payment Scheme under CAP to have a maximum ceiling of €60,000.
Farmers are unwittingly causing damage to farm machinery by using "out-of-date and contaminated" oils and fuels, Gulf Oil CEO Dermot Fallon has warned.
Hill farmers and stock owners with marginal land potentially stand to lose more than €50m in direct payments as a result of a new round of land eligibility inspections by the Department of Agriculture, it has been claimed.
There was a 150pc surge in the levels of forestry planted by non-farmers last year, official figures reveal.
A new "half-way house" customs arrangement should be established to cushion the blow of a hard Brexit on the agri-sector, Alison Graham, ICOS European affairs executive has stated.
Shane Fitzgerald, a dairy farmer from Waterford, has been awarded the prestigious Teagasc and FBD ‘Student of the Year 2016’ title.
THE Government must "defend, protect and maintain" the British market in addition to "stepping up" diversification efforts outside the UK, Larry Murrin, CEO of Dawn Farms has stated.
Farmer training on antibiotics is key to ending drug misuse on farms, an animal health expert has warned.
Live shippers were still active in the marts this week for calves as the buoyant export trade for young stock continued.
For many of those around the 30 mark, the grim reality of emigration or dole queues was almost inescapable just seven or eight years ago.
A convoy of Cavan and Monaghan farmers will cover 1,220km of road as part of the first ever 'All-Ireland Baling Challenge'.
Last weekend's rain has helped bring wildfires under control, but farm leaders are warning that without a change in government policies, it is only a matter of time before there is another outbreak of what are proving to be increasingly destructive blazes.
Controlled burning training courses for farmers are crucial to the prevention of future gorse fires, Teagasc forestry adviser John Casey said.
"New blood" will be vital to sustain a vibrant farming sector, particularly as dairying continues to expand, Tony Pettit, head of education in Teagasc has warned.
Anti-forestry campaigners deliberately started wildfires that devastated thousands of acres of land in the west in recent weeks, a farmers' organisation has claimed.
More than two decades after beginning its work on the distinctive limestone grassland habitat in Co Clare, the Burren Life Project has been short-listed for a prestigious EU award.
Wildfires in the west have left hill farmers without sufficient foraging lands for livestock, the Irish Natura and Hill Farmers Association (INHFA) has warned.
Just 55pc of Dairygold's 4,500 milk and grain suppliers paid membership levies last year to any of the farm organisations.
Newly elected Macra na Feirme President James Healy has apologised for any offence caused by his recent controversial remarks comparing the rural youth organisation to the dating app Tinder.
Including 'Greening' within the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) is a key element in both the IFA and ICMSA submissions on CAP 2020.
Difficulties accessing social welfare payments are deterring people from taking up seasonal jobs in the farming sector, the ICMSA has said.
An additional €25m that has been earmarked for ANC payments in 2018 must be targeted at the country's uplands, the Irish Natura and Hill Farmers' Association (INHFA) has insisted.
EU laws protecting rare species of cold-water fish, snails and vegetation are blocking water treatment works in Sligo, it has been claimed.
Dairy farmers will have greater access to "direct income streams" if farmer shareholders support the creation of Glanbia Ireland, chairman Henry Corbally has said.
In his national school days, the demise of a rural TD was music to the ears of nine-year-old, Michael Healy-Rae.
HUGE crowds are expected to turn out for the official launch of Kepak's All-Ireland and All-Nation's Sheep Shearing and Wool Handling Championships at The Square, in Roscommon town this Sunday.
Work on rolling out the Government's long-promised €35m hen harrier scheme is set to "begin immediately," Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has announced.
Butchered sheep carcases have been found stuffed into plastic bags in a Meath woodland.
Working on a farm helps create leadership qualities from a young age, leading sports psychologist Enda McNulty has said.
Import prices hikes and a cheap food policy in UK are the biggest threats to Ireland's agri-food sector post Brexit, a leading economist has warned.
Farmer burnout could derail growth in the dairy industry, Dairygold chairman James Lynch has warned.
Minister Michael Creed has rejected calls for a ban on live cattle exports following claims of animal cruelty at slaughter houses in north Africa and the Middle East.
It's just over a week since James Healy was named 36th president of Macra na Feirme but he is already feeling the weight of the title on his shoulders.
Three weeks into her new role at the IFA, a then 28-year-old Rowena Dwyer was faced with the momentous task of explaining the financial crash and bailout to farmers nationwide.
Aurivo chief, Aaron Forde, has played down IFA warnings of looming milk shortages on supermarket shelves.
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has confirmed that compulsory testing for farm vehicles will be confined to what it describes as "fast tractors" that have maximum speeds of over 40km/hr.
The input of gun clubs is required to curb vermin fox numbers which are preying on the endangered curlew in bogland areas.
Wexford farmer Brian Barry has lost 40 acres of land to the sea since 1975.
The Irish coastline will be 30m further inland by 2050, a leading engineer has warned.
Rural communities must fight for their rights as politicians "don't want to know" about life outside Dublin 4, the National Ploughing Championships (NPA) chief has said.
The Government's long awaited €35m Hen Harrier Scheme remains at a "standstill" despite mounting pressure from frustrated farm lobby groups.
Moments before the official launch of West Women in Farming Ireland (WWFI), MEP Mairead McGuinness voiced her support for the current nationwide farm movement aimed at "breaking through the grass ceiling".
He turned a 14-acre farm on the rocky shores of Lough Derg into a multi-million-euro business. And the first thing to go were his eight "pet cattle".
More than 40pc of young farmers say access to land remains the biggest obstacle to establish or expand their farms, a new Macra na Feirme CAP 2020 report has found.
The ICMSA has called on the Department of Agriculture to reverse a decision that has seen pre-printed movement certs no longer being sent out with the 'Bluecard' when a calf is registered by post.
Barry Shiel's life support machine was switched off on Wednesday, February 9, 2011.
Payments of around €6.5m will be made this week to 3,500 dairy farmers under the Voluntary Supply Management Scheme.
"Sport has the power to make rural Ireland great again" - this vision will be set out by rural champions Anna May McHugh, Michael Ryan, John 'Bull' Hayes, Padraig Giblin and Pat Spillane at a special conference in Tipperary.
Criminal gangs are now targeting isolated rural areas in Munster and Connacht in order to avoid Garda detection along motorways a rural crime expert has warned.
The IFA has refused to comment on claims that the organisation's income has fallen by €1.4m over the last year due to a collapse in membership and levy payments.
Fianna Fáil is calling for an "immediate ban" on Brazilian meat imports as shocking allegations that some of Brazil's top meat processors have been exporting rotten beef and poultry for years grip the farming sector.
The IFA and ICMSA have warned they will oppose roadworthiness tests for tractors.
Crop diversification is "urgently needed" to prevent the predicted demise of the country's tillage sector, agri experts have warned.
Ministers Denis Naughten and Michael Creed are examining potential financial supports that would incentivise farmers to grow energy crops, the Farming Independent has learned.
Restrictions on the manner in which vulture funds deal with borrowers may be in the pipeline following a meeting between ICMSA and the Central Bank last week.
Alpacas are fast becoming one of the most efficient, cost-effective ways of protecting sheep flocks from lurking predators on farms nationwide.
Full geographical maps of the Government's rural-broadband plan will be revealed in the coming weeks, Communications Minister, Denis Naughten, told the Farming Independent.
Wheat production will be "totally uneconomical" in Ireland by 2022 unless drastic measures are taken to develop new crop varieties that are more resistant to disease, tillage experts have warned.
Thousands of farmers could have to wait until mid-summer to receive outstanding GLAS and AEOS payments, the Irish Natura and Hill farmers Association (INHFA) has claimed.
Age has never been an obstacle for Deirdre O'Shea.
Ireland rugby star Sean O'Brien has talked about a lucky escape he had from deadly slurry gas on his farm recently.
THE race for 36th presidency of Macra na Feirme is set to heat up next month as countrywide hustings get underway.
A forestry pilot project in the southwest which is establishing discussion groups for woodland owners is being launched this week.
Extreme weather, the rise of new diseases and insect blight are among the biggest threats that climate change poses to the dairy sector, a new study has revealed.