Make digesters a priorty says climate report
A national strategy on anaerobic digestion should be developed as a priority, a new report has recommended.
A national strategy on anaerobic digestion should be developed as a priority, a new report has recommended.
The Data Commission has confirmed it will meet the IFA over aspects of its levy collection system that allows the sharing of some farmers' data.
Farmers are calling for the Data Commissioner to investigate the IFA system of collecting levies.
The IFA could face legal challenges to its levy collection system which identifies farmers opting out of the levy collected by meat processors, marts and co-ops on the association's behalf.
Glanbia will pay its milk suppliers 31.5c/L (including VAT) for February manufacturing milk supplies at 3.6pc butterfat and 3.3pc protein, down from the 32c/L it paid for January milk.
Twenty four farmers feature on the latest list of tax defaulters list, for the last quarter of 2018.
SuperValu has moved to dispel claims that fresh beef on its shelves at a Co Wicklow supermarket is not Irish.
There's no question but our membership of the EU and the benefits of the CAP have been a huge boost to rural Ireland over the past 35 years. But it's time the EU looked at who it is and isn't supporting.
Just 6.5pc of the EU's farmers are classified as 'young' or under 35 and the main young farmers organisation in Europe, CEJA, is calling for a doubling of the ambition for generational renewal in farming.
Roscommon farmer Trevor Kelly says he did his Green Cert as the last CAP reform was coming up and he was assured there would be a category for him in in.
The National Walks Scheme has opened to applicants, which could benefit up to 2,000 farmers.
US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Wednesday that US farm debt has risen rapidly to levels seen in the 1980s at $409 billion, from $385 billion last year, with loan demand remaining...
Strong competition in the agri insurance sector impacted FBD's agri business, according to its latest results.
Gardai have confirmed that a man died today, after an incident involving an animal in Galway.
Private veterinary practitioners are being called on by the Department of Agriculture to consider possible inspector positions as pat of the...
The number of students applying for Ag Science Level 8 courses has jumped by 13pc, the latest figures from the CAO show.
Irish Farmers’ Association president Joe Healy met chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier ahead of key Brexit votes en route to the Six Nations clash between Ireland and France.
A leading chef in the UK has criticised Instagram for censoring a picture she posted on the popular social media site of pigs' ears and trotters.
Just 1pc of Irish farmers would be affected by a ceiling of €60,000 being put on the Basic Payment Scheme in the next CAP, according to figures from Fianna Fail.
Turkey may re-open to live exports from Ireland later this year the Minister for Agriculture has said after a meeting with his Turkish counterpart today.
Getting into farming for the right reasons are what I think are important, according to Linda Hanbidge-Cliffe.
Young farmers are the lifeblood and future of rural communities providing direct and indirect employment, raw materials for exports and further processing and environmental and countryside management, according to Macra and the next CAP must reflect this.
Richard Thomson-Moore, a grain grower from Barne Estate in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, has claimed the Glanbia Ireland Grain Supplier of the Year award for 2018.
IFA Animal Health Chairman Pat Farrell has reacted angrily to the claims by Professor Simon Moore that cattle from Irish farms that meet the EU Trade Directive criteria for TB are not safe to trade.
In a vote late on Wednesday, Arla’s Board of Representatives approved the proposal of the Board of Directors to pay out the entire annual net profit of Arla Foods to farmer owners.
Why would WTO tariffs being imposed by the UK be so significant to Ireland?
Denis Large is a third-generation beef and tillage farmer outside Urlingford, in Co Tipperary.
Britain has upped the ante in the battle over the Brexit backstop, by threatening to favour Brazilian beef over Irish using a system of tariffs and quotas.
Glanbia today announced two new members to its board, as independent non-executive directors, as it announced plans to reorganise the composition of its Board of Directors.
KERRY GROUP will look at potential job cuts in its UK operations over the coming months as part of a review of its manufacturing divisions.
The UK government is to make an announcement on new UK tariffs in a no deal Brexit scenario - with specific and robust protections for farming shortly, according to its Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary Michael Gove.
IFA has described as “highly misleading” and “incorrect” the use of the term “a purely private arrangement” which was used by the Minister for Agriculture to describe the four movement rule or any other specification criteria applied by the meat plants.
Rural Ireland firmly believes the Government has forgotten about it. While just 12 months ago, the Taoiseach said farmers were the heartbeat of rural Ireland and the lifeblood of the recovered economy, he seems to have forgotten a couple of important things, so it is little wonder he is far from popular among farmers at the moment.
New figures from the Department of Agriculture show that while TB is at historically low levels, progress towards eradication appears to have slowed since 2015.
Members of IFA in Mayo have shut down their own local branch, but senior IFA officials say it will be re-established.
A hard Brexit would be devastating for the agri-food sector, according to the former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.
Business men and developers were key figures in auction rooms during the Celtic Tiger years, eager to bolster the small holdings they may have come from, or 'go back to their roots'.
For two olive farmers from Syria far away from home, integrating into the rural town of Claremorris, Co Mayo, wouldn't appear to be easy.
For two olive farmers from Syria, integrating into the rural town of Claremorris, Mayo, was not necessarily going to be easy.
Poultry farmers are demanding a commitment from Kerry Foods to support Irish-produced chicken after revelations that chicken sold under the Denny label did not come from Ireland.
Rarely does a farm this quality and size come on the market, according to Quinn Property, who are offering a 246ac residential farm for sale outside Enniscorthy.
Poultry farmers are today protesting outside the Kerry Foods plant in Wicklow that produces its Denny slow cooked ‘made in Wicklow’ chicken.
Famers and local business owners are being advised to secure their fuel tanks, after a spate of thefts of diesel from premises.
A quarter of farmers say they have insufficient fodder on their farms, according to the Teagasc Fodder Survey.
Reports that the European Commission has agreed compensation for Irish farmers of a collapse in prices, has been dismissed by senior EU officials.
Farm families face months of continued uncertainty around the Fair Deal scheme as legislation which is expected to reduce the burden of nursing home fees may not be approved until the autumn.
Hundreds of consumers have voiced their anger online over Irish food labelling laws that allow Brazilian chicken to be labelled as 'made in Wicklow'.
Recent claims by a Brexiteer that WTO tariffs would not apply for 10 years in the case of a no-deal Brexit have been rubbished by a leading WTO legal expert.
Farmers will face targets not quotas to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions, according to Richard Bruton.
There is very little opportunity to add new items, such as underpasses, to the Targeted Agriculture Modernisation Scheme (TAMS), according to the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed.
A week is a lifetime in politics, they say, and a lot has changed in the past three years for the IFA.
Irish beef farmers are facing a cliff edge as a no-deal Brexit looms, they told both the Minister for Agriculture and the Taoiseach at the Irish Farmers' Association AGM.
The Taoiseach can eat what he wants, but he must be a Taoiseach for all of Ireland, not just Dublin, according to IFA President Joe Healy.
Sheikh Mohammad, Coolmore Stud, Larry Goodman and their likes are not ‘genuine farmers’, according to IFA President Joe Healy, who said CAP funding should go to genuine farmers.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will tell farmers today at the Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) AGM that his Government will always protect them when it comes to Brexit.
New healthy eating guidelines are urging us to ditch the frying pan - and stew, steam, bake and boil instead.
Three agri-food companies have been named by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to meet environmental standards.
Only eight food companies have been approved for Brexit loan scheme funding announced in October 2017, according to Fianna Fail spokesperson on Agriculture Charlie McConalogue.
Subsidies for beef and dairy farmers should be scrapped and farmers and big food producers should be treated the same as "Big Tobacco", a leading scientific journal has claimed.
Back in 2013, a US truck manufacturer ran a hugely successful and thought provoking commercial during the Super Bowl.
The body of a missing farmer has been recovered from a river in Co Roscommon.
When James Murphy's son Tom said he wanted to come home and farm, the IFA stalwart was thrilled.
The Beef Plan Movement is looking for an apology from IFA after Padraig Joyce, IFA Connacht Regional Chairman, said the organisation was set up by 'large farmers in Meath a lot of whom expect to buy cheap stores from the West'.
Ground-breaking research could give dairy farmers new tools to breed cows that produce more milk, but reduce their methane emissions.
The EU and its member states must enforce existing rules on protecting transported animals better and penalise all offenders, the Agriculture Committee has said.
Next Tuesday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will address the Irish Farmers' Association's (IFA) AGM. It's pretty standard for the Taoiseach of the day to address the largest farming organisation, but given the last few weeks, it will be interesting to see the appetite farmers have for Leo this time around.
Farmland in County Limerick has been sold for a record €1m.
Over 73pc of small food and drink businesses have taken precautions around Brexit, they are still hugely reliant on the UK for exports, the latest figures show.
Farmers will be protected from claims by hillwalkers under new legislation, the Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring has said.
The Veterinary Officers Association has said it is becoming increasingly alarmed with the Department of Agriculture's response to the impending Brexit crisis and questioned where the 300 extra veterinary jobs announced by the Taoiseach are.
Teagasc is not promoting once-a-day milking for every farmer in the country, but it is a system that can work and is already working for some, according to Brian Hilliard of Teagasc.
ICSA beef chair Edmund Graham has urged beef farmers to cease the practice of rearing New Zealand influenced dairy bred calves.
Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae has claimed that avoiding meat to help the climate is "crazy" and has become a "fad".
Responding to the report published by The Lancet calling for an overhaul of dietary advice to include a reduction of 90pc in meat consumption has been strongly criticised by farming organisations.
The Beef Plan Movement is looking to set up its own co-ops to handle the slaughtering of cattle and market its own beef products.
There are just 70 dairy farmers milking once a day in Ireland at the moment, but over 200 possible converts turned up to the Teagasc seminar on once-a-day milking.
The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said today that he enjoyed a nice Hereford steak last night, as he continues to come under fire for his comments about cutting back on eating meat.
Dairygold has announced that it is introducing a new milk supplier sustainabilty bonus, based on farmers milk recording and join a herd health programme..
A deal has been reached that is expected to end the work to rule by vets in meat factories, after weeks of disruption.
Figures issued by the Health and Safety Authority show a 23pc decline in work related fatalities in 2018.
The 19 cases of non-compliant carcase trim specification revealed so far may only be the tip of the iceberg, according to the Beef Plan Movement, which is calling for farmer representatives to be allowed factory access to supervise.
There are fears that increased numbers of pigs will be turned away from meat factories this week as the row between Veterinary Ireland and the Department of Agriculture continues.
The IFA has called on the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to bring forward more detail in relation to his comments about EU aid in the event of a hard Brexit.
The first Global Dairy Trade of the year has seen prices - the third lift in succession.
Some meat factories are facing major disruptions as they begin killing again and a work to rule by Temporary Veterinary Inspectors (TVIs) continues.
A number of people have been hospitalised after an incident in a ward at Saint Luke's Hospital in Dublin.
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed has announced funding totalling €21.87m for two UN agencies, the World Food Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organisation.
More can be done to assist returning emigrants including housing and insurance supports, according to Limerick Fine Gael TD Tom Neville.
Meat Industry Ireland (MII) the body representative for meat factories has said an ongoing dispute between Veterinary Ireland and the Department of Agriculture is undermining processing activity.
The Irish agri-food sector faces a 'catastrophic' jolt to its very being if a no-deal Brexit happens next March and there is very little it can do to help itself.
Aurivo has become the latest processor to announce its November milk price, cutting it by 1c/L.
A new report by KPMG has said that for Ireland to continue its growth in exports to Asia, it must ensure consumer trust and grow awareness of its 'green' image.
The latest figures around live exports from Ireland show that the number of cattle exported this year is up 33pc.
At separately held SGMs, the shareholders of North Cork Co-operative Creameries (Kanturk, Co. Cork) and Newtownsandes Co-operative (Moyvane, Co. Kerry) have approved the merger of the two Societies, which had been unanimously recommended to members by their respective Boards.
The EU sold 60,000t of skimmed milk powder (SMP) this week, for significantly cheaper than it bought the product into intervention.
The CAP budget is coming under more pressure, as eastern European farmers call for increased farm payments.
The Minister for Agriculture has told the IFA that his Department will name factories found guilty of excess trim offences from the New Year .
After its final board meeting of the year, which was held today, the Directors of Ornua released a statement saying they "recognise governance matters have recently arisen at Board level...all directors have committed themselves..to resolve these matters".
The IFA is leading a sit-in protest in the offices of the Minister for Agriculture in Dublin over the refusal of Minister Creed to name the meat factories found guilty of excessively trimming carcases.
Over 800 farmers have yet to submit a nutrient-management plan as part of GLAS 3, with just weeks to the deadline.
New figures show that 55 agri-food companies have received €12.91m in funding through the Department of Agriculture's Brexit Loan Scheme.
According to research, the categories with the greatest growth potential in the domestic market are fruit and vegetables, and dairy, but insufficient organic cereals is stopping the growth of organic dairy and meat sectors.
New figures from Northern Ireland's Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC), show how dependant the UK is on Irish beef, but that it has in 2018 increased the level of beef imports from countries outside the EU including South America and New Zealand.
The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is currently finalising the draft Threat Response Plan for public consultation on pressures facing populations within Special Protection Areas designated for breeding Hen Harriers.
The restaurant in a Co Westmeath mart was recently served with a closure order by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland after rodent droppings were found in the kitchen.
The Department of Agriculture is currently inspecting two further boats for live exports, it has confirmed, as total live export figures for the year are up 30pc.
IRELAND has been ranked the worst country in Europe on taking action to tackle climate change for the second year in a row.
Irish agri-food exports to China are currently worth almost €100m, but beef exports for the first eight months of 2018 were only worth €432,000, new figures show.
Management and staff on an industry-backed farm were not adequately prepared for Storm Emma, leaving six cattle dead, a new report has found.
Management and staff on the industry-backed Greenfield Farm in Kilkenny were not adequately prepared for Storm Emma that left six cattle dead, a new report has found.
Advance estimates from the CSO on the output, input and income in agriculture for 2018 show that they had to absorb additional feed costs of €450m this year, have been described by ICMSA as "catastrophic".
For continued expansion of our dairy herd, we need to be planting more trees, the head of Teagasc Gerry Boyle has said.
Farm incomes have been severely hit by this year's extreme weather conditions, State agency Teagasc say.
Farm incomes were severely hit by the weather in 2018, with incomes estimated by Teagasc to be down across most sectors.
Ireland and Libya has agreed veterinary health certificates for the export of cattle to Libya, removing the need for individual boat-by-boat certification.