New ICOS President says 'complete imbalance in fortunes' between dairy and livestock sectors needs to be addressed
Following a meeting of the Board of ICOS, Jerry Long has been elected as President succeeding...
Following a meeting of the Board of ICOS, Jerry Long has been elected as President succeeding...
A farmer required medical attention after he was overcome by fumes while mixing slurry.
Recent heavy rain has seen land saturated over much of Ulster, Connacht and parts of Leinster and brought the 2019 silage season to a compete...
Young farmers involved in sectors such as Dairy, Drystock (beef and sheep), Land Mobility and Other Enterprises (including horticulture, pigs, poultry, tillage) are invited to enter and the...
An estimated 1,500 vacancies has led to a crisis in recruitment of driver/operators of plant machinery in Ireland and a call by one industry leader to...
Hennessy Auctioneers of Laois held a retirement auction on behalf of a local retired dairy farmer last Saturday. Almost 200 farmers registered for a bidding number, with a huge array of machinery for sale.
The IFA has backed moves by EU Commissioner Phil Hogan request of Competition Commissioner Vestager to take swift action to ensure the proper functioning of the EU’s internal fertiliser market.
Combines were rolling across the country again yesterday after the heavy rains of last week.
Eight out of 10 exporters believe there is potential for future growth in the UK market post-Brexit, Bord Bia has found.
EU authorities must remove beef from any Mercosur deal with South American countries, as the US moved to ban fresh Brazilian beef, it has been urged.
Covert surveillance and drone footage will be used as part of a crackdown on illegal dumping that is plaguing communities.
Milk producers without Bord Bia Quality Assurance accreditation are facing total rejection by all dairy processors of milk supplies from their farms...
Competition looks set to intensify in the farm insurance sector following Dairygold's decision to partner with Zurich Insurance to provide deals for its co-op members.
The gap between dairy farmer incomes and those of the "processing and marketing" sectors was highlighted by the massive hike in profits announced by Ornua for 2016, the ICMSA claimed this week.
Brexit will force Irish farming to deal with its competitive deficiencies compared to some international producers, an economist has warned.
Domestic milk intake by creameries and pasteurisers was estimated at 946.7 million litres for April 2019, according to the CSO.
Dairygold milk supplier Edward Donovan from Cloyne, East Cork was declared the overall winner of the 2018 Dairygold Milk Quality Awards which took place at Springfort Hall Hotel in Mallow on Thursday night where he also took home the East Cork Regional Award for consistently supplying the best quality milk to Dairygold throughout 2018.
The Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, announced today the commencement of balancing payments to all eligible farmers under year 2 of the Sheep Welfare Scheme.
ICSA’s sheep committee is today protesting at Irish Country Meats (ICM), Camolin, Co Wexford, as it claims processors across the board continue to hammer sheep farmers with savage price cuts.
A local dairy farmer outbid two others to buy a 25-acre non-residential farm at Powderlough, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath at a sensational price of €675,000 or €27,000 per acre.
GRAIN prices have hardened in the wake of lower reported winter wheat plantings in the US and fears drought conditions will hit spring wheat yields.
All Brazilian poultry exports to Europe will be tested for conditions such as salmonella under stringent new regulations introduced by the EU Commission.
Russian livestock breeders continue to turn to the Irish bred Hereford to improve their herd bloodlines.
A SHEEP event with a difference takes place in Westport, Co Mayo on Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18, when four local farmers will shear up to 800 ewes in a marathon 24-hour relay.
A 2C/L lift in milk prices for May is being sought by farm leaders in the wake of the recent lift in dairy markets.
In excess of 1,000 of the 3,300 farmers waiting on GLAS I and GLAS II entitlements have failed to meet the scheme's eligibility requirements and will not be paid for 2016, the Department of Agriculture has stated.
The Irish Independent’s front page on this week 50 years ago carried a stark headline about the jailing of 19 farmers and a Government threat to proscribe the National Farmers’ Association (NFA — the predecessor of the IFA).
Up to 29,000t of beef with a value of €109m were imported into Ireland last year, according to figures released by the Department of Agriculture.
A highly critical report on the structure of milk supply agreements (MSAs) by the German national competition authority has proposed changes that could have implications for the industry right across the EU.
The very best in Irish farming is being recognised across all sectors and awarded once again this year in Ireland's premier awards programme for agriculture, the Zurich Farm Insurance Farming Independent Farmer of the Year Awards.
Strathroy Dairies are openly touting for milk suppliers along the east coast in a move that will bring the Tyrone-based company into direct competition with Glanbia and Lakelands.
The Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, has refused to rule out the introduction of a compulsory animal tag charge to help fund the Irish Cattle Breed Federation (ICBF).
A two-year malting barley deal between Boortmalt and IFA for the 2017 and 2018 harvests allows growers sell up to 15pc of this year's brewing barley crop at the fixed price offer of €164/t.
JOE FARRELL and his family will host a Teagasc Green Acres Calf to Beef farm walk on their farm outside of Castledermot, Co Kildare on April 25, starting at 11.00am.
The ICSA has warned that high levels of sheep imports from Northern Ireland and Britain raises serious questions around labelling and the Bord Bia quality assurance scheme.
Figures released at the Farmers' Charter meeting show a massive regional variation in the level of land eligibility inspections carried out by the Department in 2015.
A 20pc growth in Chinese imports is expected to keep global dairy markets "well balanced" over the next three months Rabobank analysts have predicted.
A doubling of calf exports to the Netherlands has helped drive demand for Friesian bull calves this spring.
Calls for 'forgotten farmer' funding to be taken out of the €5m National Reserve have been dismissed by Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed.
Final contracts for the Government's new Hen Harrier Scheme are held up due to challenges from unsuccessful tenderers.
Milk prices will hold in the medium term despite last week's 6.3pc fall in the Global Dairy Trade (GDT) index, according to Rabobank analyst Kevin Bellamy.
Domestic milk intake by creameries and pasteurisers was estimated at 140.9 million litres for January 2017. This was 4.6% below the corresponding 2016 figure.
Planning permission for the construction of a new €40m ABP packing plant at its Shrewsbury operation in the UK is "imminently" expected.
Qualification for ANC payments must be based on scientific evaluation and if lands don't meet the criteria then they should not receive a payment.
Well-known IFA representative Bert Stewart has been voted off the LacPatrick board.
Professional hunters should be brought in to cull between 17,000 and 50,000 deer in Wicklow, a major research project has found.
The future drainage of wetlands will have to be curtailed to prevent the loss of trapped greenhouse gases (GHG) from such soils.
Hugo Maguire is to step down as chairman of LacPatrick later this year, he announced this week.
A qualified civil engineer who opted for a career in full-time farming has been elected Limerick IFA chairman in the first election for the position in almost three decades.
Differences have emerged between Boortmalt and malting barley growers over the price being charged by the company for seed.
A 10pc lift in the floor price of forestry land is anticipated following the entry of the Finnish- based investment firm Dasos Capital into the Irish market.
The bachelor farmer and unmarried aunt are well known to all of us - but have you ever encountered the spinster cow?
Dairygold has moved to calm supplier fears regarding a message included on its December milk statements which suggested that details of business transactions with the co-op could be forwarded to other financial institutions.
Dairy farmers will have to contact their milk processor for the necessary forms to apply for payments under the EU Milk Reduction Scheme.
Friday night (January 13) is the closing date for Tranche 5 of TAMS II applications.
The European Parliament has backed a deal to cut ammonia emissions by 19pc by 2030.
Tesco is adding a dairy-free, plant-based cheese from Violife to its shelves throughout Ireland.
The Department of Agriculture is seeking tenders for management of a €35m Hen Harrier and Freshwater Pearl Mussel Scheme.
Phil Hogan has warned of a €3bn “black hole” in the Common Agriculture Policy (cap) after Britain leaves the European Union.
Michael Heslin farms in Gortlettragh, Co Leitrim. He converted to organic farming with IOFGA in 2009 and around about the same time he became involved with social farming.
The decision of Cork Marts to discontinue live export of dairy calves is 'irreversible' despite strong criticism of the move from farmers dependent on the trade.
Sheep farmers were in the clover this time 25 years ago as strong home market demand saw lamb prices hit a record high.
Proposals to commission a pilot deer fencing project in Wicklow to reduce the incidence of TB in the county have been welcomed by Macra na Feirme.
A simple yet effective method of carrying out a fairly routine animal care procedure on livestock breeding farms has earned national recognition and a Gold Award for a Co Cork AI technician on his first venture into the world of inventions.
Former Farming Independent editor Declan O'Brien won best print feature article at the Guild of Agricultural Journalists biennial awards and black tie dinner in Dublin’s Castleknock Hotel and Country Club recently.
THE development of an organic label for Irish hill lamb should be considered, the Irish Natura and Hill Farmers Association (INHFA) has claimed.
Membership of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA) has grown by 20pc the Farming Independent has learned.
Stricter enforcement of rules preventing the mart sale of calves that are under 10 days of age are under consideration.
Tyre experts Michelin were in touch this week to advise farmers and contractors about five key winter tips for tyre checks:
Suggestions that some leeway may be granted to farmers on the rules governing the spreading of slurry have gained currency following comments in the Dáil by the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Simon Coveney.