Kerrygold will soon be on the shelves of supermarkets in South Korea
Kerrygold will soon be on the shelves of supermarkets in South Korea as Ornua try to tap into the growing appetite for butter in the middle-class Asian marketplace.
Kerrygold will soon be on the shelves of supermarkets in South Korea as Ornua try to tap into the growing appetite for butter in the middle-class Asian marketplace.
Kerrygold will soon be on the shelves of supermarkets in South Korea as Ornua tries to tap into the growing appetite for butter in the middle-class Asian marketplace.
The ICSA election campaign is heating up, with current president Patrick Kent and his Limerick-based challenger Seamus Sherlock believed to be "neck and neck" in the race.
The Government has no plans to tax farmers on greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture after moves by the Citizens' Assembly to back it.
The viability of developing a market for light lamb off the hills in the west of Ireland is being explored by the INHFA and Kepak.
The Kerry Group has tabled a 1.75c per litre 'goodwill' offer on the 2017 milk price in a bid to resolve the dispute between milk suppliers and the company.
The cost of straw, hay and silage has doubled since the harvest as farmers in the Border counties and north-west struggle to secure fodder supplies.
Irish beef along with steaks from across the EU may soon be destined for Iran following a new export deal, it has emerged.
Butter prices have peaked for this year, but demand still remains strong.
A major recovery in winter cereals sowings over the last week has resulted in a massive clearance of dressed seed stocks.
Health and safety concerns arise with bringing farmers to farms for GLAS training courses on dark, wet winter days, an agricultural advisor has claimed.
Kepak has put its former sheep processing plant at Hackettstown, Co Carlow up for sale.
Farmers have warned they may opt out of growing malting barley, with prices now €20/t below the price they received four decades ago.
We talked to three tillage farmers who joined the protest outside the Boortmalt HQ in Co Kildare to highlight the poor returns they receive for malting barley.
Teagasc has warned that it cannot compete with the private sector for staff due to low starting-level salaries, while its annual report shows that more than one third of permanent staff earn €60,000 or more.
FEED merchants Grennans has stated there is interest in its fixed-milk price scheme as it counteracted the move by Glanbia to link feed purchases to a €30/t ‘loyalty scheme’.
EU and UK negotiators have been urged to get beyond the "handbag stuff" in the Brexit talks and focus on ensuring a workable trade deal so that Ireland can continue to sell beef to Britain.
Thousands of farmers could have GLAS payments delayed again this year because of problems with the Department of Agriculture’s online application system.
The key active ingredient in weedkiller Roundup could be taken off the shelves, as MEPs at the European Parliament voted to ban glyphosate.
Farmers have warned Guinness may be made solely from imported malt in the future unless stronger prices are delivered to support the struggling tillage sector.
TURKEY has an import requirement for 500,000 head of live cattle each year and Ireland could supply up to 100,000 head on an annual basis, said IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods following an IFA and Bord Bia meeting with Turkish officials in Ankara last week.
The revival of energy crops such as miscanthus and willow was being forecast following the Government decision to commit €7m to the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme (RHI) in last week's Budget.
The IFA has slammed the massive differential between Irish and British beef prices which, it claims, has ballooned to almost €250/hd.
A major fall-off in winter cereal sowings is being reported in the fringe tillage areas this autumn.
Farming is under the environmental spotlight. Close attention is being paid to water quality in our countryside, towns and cities.
Farmers at the IFA protest outside the EU Parliament offices in Dublin voiced their concerns over the potential Mercosur trade deal.
The ICSA is gearing up for election mode as another candidate has thrown his hat in the ring for president.
Farmers at Kerry Co-op have moved to appoint a company secretary as they work to solve the long-running row with the multi-billion-euro Kerry Group over the milk price paid to dairy producers.
Over 6,500 remote satellite inspections have been carried out so far this year on area-based schemes as the Agriculture Department prepares to issue 70pc of Basic Payment Scheme funding.
Farmers exposed to the impact of Brexit have been prioritised.
Marginal farmers are set to be among the winners in today's Budget.
Farmers have called for the promises laid out in the Programme for Government to increase the Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) funding by €25m to be fulfilled in the Budget.
A sharp increase in the volume of feed heading North has been reported over the last fortnight as farmers in Fermanagh, Tyrone and parts of Derry and Armagh struggle with housed stock and poor second-cut silage.
THE Government will find it difficult to implement a roadworthiness certificate for tractors capable of reaching speeds of more than 40kph by May 2018, according to contractors.
There must be an opportunity to address the lack of sexed semen in use, said chief operations officer at ABP Finbarr McDonnell.
The IFA has warned that it will not tolerate any attempts by retailers or merchants to undermine the potato market as harvesting of this year's main crop kicks off.
It is farmers working some of the most marginal and disadvantaged land in the country that have been put top of the wishlist for this year’s Budget.
Farmers signing up to Glanbia’s new fixed milk and feed price scheme will be allowed opt out of the feed purchases after two years without penalty.
Glanbia warned the industry must be certain that the move towards GM-free dairy is a long-term trend rather than a fad as it involves significant cost.
Safety bosses have been granted permission to hire more inspectors as they try to curb the number of fatalities on Irish farms.
FARMERS have claimed competition authorities must address a “serious” lack of competition in the meat-processing sector.
ENVIRONMENT Minister Denis Naughten said the Renewable Heat Incentive may have a “dirty” name after the ‘cash for ash’ debacle in Northern Ireland but the scheme could offer major opportunities for farmers in marginal areas.
Bord Bia is spending over €1m as part of a promotional campaign to raise awareness of its Origin Green sustainability programme on home turf.
An increasing number of drystock farmers are looking to the expanding dairy herd as a source of potential regular income.
Hard-pressed agricultural contractors and farmers have called for a two-week extension to the slurry-spreading deadline as the continuing heavy rain plays havoc with farm work.
INTEREST has been growing from feedlots in GM-free maize following the move by a leading Italian retailer to look for GM and antibiotic-free meat.
CCTV cameras will have to be installed at marts around the country to help defend rising compensation claims, warned ICOS.
PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins warned that “one of the great challenges of our time” was unbalanced development leaving rural areas lagging.
A hard-working father-of-three and former national ploughing champion who died in a tragic farming accident today has been described as "the best of the best".
A farmer who died following a farming accident in Co Wexford this afternoon was an "incredibly hard-working individual" who will be greatly missed, a relative has said.
The ongoing legal battle between the Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) and its former secretary general Pat Smith will come back before the High Court next month.
With the countdown on to the National Ploughing Championships under way, some of the country's top ploughmen have featured on a new brace of stamps.
Income volatility, Brexit and the fall in the value of sterling have been identified by ICOS and ICMSA as the most pressing issues which need to be addressed in the upcoming Budget.
Cork Co-operative Marts have interjected in a planning application by a former employee to set up a calf export business buying direct from farmers.
MAJOR concerns now hang over the future use of glyphosate in the EU with the move by France not to back its reauthorisation, warned EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan.
A phasing out of the current cattle grading system and a move to payment based on meat yield is being sought by the ICSA.
Farmers could face significant extra costs from the new national Nitrates Action Plan.
A long-awaited review of the legislation governing agricultural appeals has begun.
EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan warned the farm subsidies budget is under "attack" from the competing priorities across Europe.
THE farmer-owned co-operative Lakeland Dairies believes the new €40m milk powder plant will ensure they remain competitively placed in the long-term.
The drive for on-farm efficiencies in the New Zealand dairy industry will appeal to expanding Irish herds, a trade commissioner has said.
Butter prices are lagging behind Dutch quotes by €880 a tonne as global demand for dairy fats remains buoyant.
IRISH beef exports could be on their way to China early next year pending the final decision of Chinese inspectors who completed an intensive round of checks on Irish plants last week.
The slide in the value of sterling is costing the Irish agri-food sector millions per week, farming leaders have warned.
'Don't bury your head in the sand there is no problem too big to deal with," said farmer Peter Hynes as he addressed the hundreds of farm families gathered to see the achievements made on the 104ha farm at Aherla in Co Cork.
Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams faces a furious backlash from farmers and victims' families after suggesting the murder of innocent father Tom Oliver go unpunished.
One of the reasons given by the many farmers in the UK who voted in favour of Brexit was the rising levels of red tape and bureaucracy.
More farmers are seeking to access pregnancy tests for cows through milk recording, with 30,000 tested this season, according to Munster Cattle Breeding.
The recession can no longer be used as an excuse to put off reinstating the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) farm plan scheme for designated lands, farm bodies have warned.
After splashing out €3.2m on a 135ac farm and 19th century period house in Oranmore last year, Pat McDonagh isn't eyeing up farming either. "I'm not going into huge farming in Oranmore," he laughs.
Pat McDonagh is currently eyeing up a number of opportunities and is about to lodge planning permission with new motorway sites planned. He's also planning to open new Supermac's in the UK and, after that, potentially the continent.
The temperatures were soaring as the great and the good of Galway hurling packed into the meeting room at the Loughrea Hotel and Spa last week. The All-Ireland final countdown was on in earnest for the Tribesmen with less than three weeks to go to the showdown at Croke Park.
Concerns are rising about this year's grain harvest as torrential downpours bring combines to a standstill.
Farmers are looking at pre-ordering tags to avoid the 38c Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) levy, cattle tagging companies have confirmed.
It was at the tender age of 13 that Joe Scahill hung up his schoolbag to begin working on the family's modest hill farm in Westport on the foothills of Croagh Patrick.
The departing chief executive of Kerry Group Stan McCarthy would "love" to see the stalemate over the 'thirteenth' milk price payment resolved.
Teagasc have reported strong interest in a new five-day intensive training course targeted at new dairy entrants.
Premium prices could potentially be available to beef farmers who can prove their stock has been reared free from genetically modified feed and antibiotics.
Record butter prices are continuing to bolster milk returns globally and market analysts predict that demand for dairy fats will remain strong to the end of the year.
Strong competition between farmers and traders continues to drive on straw prices.
Fresh thinking on dealing with the generational imbalance in Irish agriculture is urgently needed to safeguard the sector's future.
Record numbers hit the roads for the Tullamore and AIB National Livestock Show where the cream of the country's cattle and sheep were on display.
Farmers have called on the Taoiseach to show strong political leadership in defending the beef and livestock sector which is the "heartbeat" of rural Ireland.
Massive growth in the dairy sector has been recorded since the end of the quota regime in 2015.
FOOD giant Kerry Group will continue to target acquisitions that "tick the boxes" in developing markets, after spending €1bn on new firms to expand its portfolio in the past two years.
Further increases in milk prices could be on the cards as global dairy markets remain strong.
'We drove around dreaming that some day we might be farmers and I suppose we are living the dream," says eighth-generation carpenter turned dairy farmer Jamie Kealy as he looks out over his herd of 94 cows in Tullow, Co Carlow.
RETAILERS are placing increasing pressure on the farming industry to cut antibiotic use in animals.
THE Government has been urged to publish a list of annual forestry premium payments by the Irish Natura and Hill Farmers Association (INHFA).
Building a good working relationship is key to making a success of leased land, says dairy farmer Cathal Moran, who hosted the second leg of the recent Irish Grassland Association event.
Greater transparency in the food supply chain is on the cards after the European Commission published a long-awaited impact assessment report on unfair trading practices in the sector.
The surprise drop in winter barley yields will cost tillage farmers more than €10m this harvest.
Ulster Bank has approximately €2m of low-cost agri loan scheme monies still available for new applications.
Teagasc has threatened not to process farmers' Knowledge Transfer Scheme applications unless they have paid membership fees to the State body by tomorrow (Wednesday, August 2).
An agreement by Egypt to accept live imports from Ireland for fattening stock is expected to be confirmed by officials this week
Country of origin labelling must be tightened up as many consumers are unaware where their chicken fillets come from, a producer has warned.
Farmers will be hit by a controversial development levy after Kerry County Council voted to bring in new charges.
A €1.5m crop crisis fund has opened after lengthy negotiations with tillage farmers left devastated by last year's severe crop losses.
Local authority workers may be sent out to walk along the banks of streams and rivers from next year to help pinpoint the sources of pollution blackspots.
A BAN on glyphosate could cost Irish tillage farmers €30m a year in lost cereal yields.
Milk processors have confirmed they are reviewing the weighting applied to constituents as butter climbs to record highs of over €6,000/t.
Payments for forestry plantations should be restricted to residents or businesses who live within a 50km radius of the land, according to a radical proposal from the hill farmers.
Dairy interests have made up the vast bulk of the enquiries for a 700ac farm in Roscommon that is on the market for long-term lease.
A tax break for farmers to help drive renewable energy projects is one of the key proposals in the IFA's pre-budget submission.
Farmers have been warned they must be safety aware or risk becoming the next statistic, as national Farm Safety Week gets under way today.
Farmer Ned Deering has been coping with dyslexia all his life - he just didn't know it. It wasn't until six years ago, at the age of 58, that the then tillage farmer and cattle haulier was diagnosed with a severe form of the learning disability.
There is still resistance and fear among some farmers and older people to othe State and private sector's drive to get everything online, says a Mayo-based computer training tutor.
A further 2,500 farmers have signed up to vets for the Knowledge Transfer (KT)scheme, but farm leaders have warned of growing disillusionment with the programme.
Tighter supplies for spring lamb through the factory gates in Ireland and Britain have seen prices remain steady, with less New Zealand lamb entering the UK market.
A decision is expected later this year on the potential rolling out of a badger TB vaccination strategy nationwide.
European bakeries and food producers are starting to look at substituting margarine for butter as spot prices hit record highs of €6,000 a tonne.
A fertile bull project is in the pipeline to examine how certain animals perform for sexed semen.
Farmers are calling for provisions to be made in Budget 2018 for a new €500m Government-supported low-cost loan fund after the first scheme was heavily oversubscribed.