'No-one really knows what's happening with the EID tagging'
There has been much confusion among sheep farmers in relation to the new EID tagging system since it came into force on June 1.
There has been much confusion among sheep farmers in relation to the new EID tagging system since it came into force on June 1.
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FARMERS are facing a financial crisis ahead of the winter as the full impact of this year's extreme weather becomes apparent, farm leaders have warned.
There's definitely a touch of the 'dog whisperer' about Donie Anderson. The relationship he has with his sheepdogs is truly unique.
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Drought conditions could return to Ireland over the next two months, climate experts have warned.
Horse breeders in both the thoroughbred and non-thoroughbred sectors are being warned of a possible increase in cases of Rhodococcus equi. Commonly known as 'rattles', it predominately affects young foals and causes pneumonia.
Ireland is liable to become a high-temperature hotspot over the next number of years and droughts may become more common, says Dr Conor...
Farmers will need up to 3.5 inches of rainfall to have any hope of salvaging crops and restoring normal dairy and beef production.
Now that the showing season is in full swing horse owners across the country are going to great lengths to get their animals in peak condition,...
Grassland, breeding, health & safety and environment are among the key topics to be covered during Sheep2018 Farm to Fork at Teagasc, Athenry on Saturday.
Animal welfare concerns have been raised by the Irish Sheep Shearers Association due to a severe shortage of shearers across the country.
In 1997, Oliver Walsh's home farm outside Ballinasloe was on the brink of collapse. "That's how close it got. I was drinking heavily and about to lose everything," he recalls.
While dozens of young men and women continue to leave the Irish farming sectors each year in favour of more lucrative jobs, it is comforting to see 25-year-old Michael Kavanagh building a nice career for himself.
Tipperary man Seamus Kelly hasn’t allowed Cystic Fibrosis to halt his gallop with the local foxhounds
With more young people leaving school and heading straight to college, the thoroughbred and sport horse industries are finding it increasingly difficult to find enthusiastic staff to join the pay roll.
Seamus Nagle knows a thing or two about bovine genetics, so much so that his fledgling company BullBank is quickly making its mark on the beef industry.
Grass growth back on track in the west after 50mm of rain in past week
The unsettled weather is expected to continue until the weekend, when temperatures will rise once again.
Contractors are digging as deep as 300ft and 400ft to source water for farmers as the demand for second wells escalates in some of the bigger farms around Ireland.
Farmers are being advised to avoid panic-selling store lambs and, if possible, hold out for the Eid al-Adha Festival next month which could see prices pick up again across the country.
Farmers old enough to remember previous droughts say that the ferocity of this year’s heatwave is unprecedented, writes Siobhán English.
Studying in Ireland full-time was never an option for John Morley as he commuted between his home in Mayo and his London office.
Cattle losses increased by just 2.5pc at the start of this year despite the fodder crises and severe weather conditions.
While many of his friends were out enjoying themselves on New Year's Eve in 2016, west Wicklow dairy farmer Clive Williamson was thanking his lucky stars to be alive after a close encounter with a bullock left him nursing several broken bones in a hospital bed as the clock struck midnight.
As silage harvesting continues at speed, farmers will need to make the most of the better weather early this week.
Not too many farmers can say they fared well during this past winter, but Peter Byrne of Newtown Farm was content with business.
'Simplicity is the key," says farmer Thomas O'Connor. There are not too many farms in Ireland where you will see over 100 young bulls grazing together in harmony in one paddock, but it is this unique approach that gives the O'Connor family the edge when it comes to successful farming.
WASTE plastic from farms will no longer be collected by the Farm Relief Service (FRS) in Wicklow because the business does not qualify for the recycling levy.
'Horticulture is not for everyone and I sort of stumbled into it," says Andrea McCann, farm horticulturist for the Amber Springs and Ashdown Park Hotels for the past two years.
The Molloy family ran a traditional farm near Holycross in Tipperary for generations, but you won't find cattle and sheep grazing there any more.
For many years horse riding has proven to greatly benefit both adults and children suffering from a wide range of physical and mental disabilities.
LacPatrick suppliers remain concerned and worried about the uncertainty surrounding the co-op, writes Siobhán English.
FARMERS have been advised to seek help from their local District Veterinary Office (DVO) rather than resort to the illegal dumping of dead animals.
Early starts and late nights, sometimes with little or no sleep. It's a familiar pattern of a large animal vet at this time of year. You would be hard pushed to catch a 30-minute conversation with them on any given day. This is their peak season and there's no time for idle chat.
Excessive use of insecticides and proposed changes to the laws regarding hedge cutting will cause further depletion of our declining bee population, bee expert Philip McCabe has warned.
It has been a long winter for Co Tipperary tillage farmer Noel Delany and it will be an even longer spring as the wet weather continues to hammer down on his 500acre farm near Fethard in Co Tipperary.
It has been quite a few weeks for Donnchadh Doyle and the team at Monbeg Stables. Breaking sales records, and churning out nine point-to-point winners in a single weekend - it is one spring season that they will remember for years to come.
An invasive species of worm has arrived in Ireland and is feasting on a vitally important part of our ecosystem.
Storm Ophelia, Storm Emma and recent heavy snowfalls have been a real headache for Peter Roe in recent months.
Collection services at one of the largest knackeries in the midlands are close to a standstill due to an influx of fallen stock after the recent storms.
Amy Finn is a young lady with lots of ambition. A graduate of Kildalton College and now involved in the ISH Young Breeders Programme, the Kilkenny native fully intends to follow her dream of, one day, breeding and producing horses for both the Irish and foreign markets.
In recent months multiple-winning National Hunt racehorses such as Road to Riches and Outlander have been spotted enjoying a day on the hunting fields of Ireland.
The lambing season might just be getting underway at the Wafer household in Co Wexford, but not before John's wife Ivy Rothwell gets to cheer on Road To Respect in the Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival on Friday.
For over 15 years bruised and damaged apples from the organic orchard at Clashganny Farm near Portlaw were seen as little more than a nuisance and offloaded to local farmers as feedstuff for their cattle.
"The continental sire definitely produces a better show jumper," says Greg Broderick.
We all know that horse breeding is not an exact science. A top stallion and a top mare do not always breed the best, but when it does, there is immense satisfaction.
When up-and-coming jump jockey Tom Hamilton came to Ireland in the summer of 2016, the plan was to take a break after a three-year stint studying business in Edinburgh.
Back in the 1960s the thoroughbred stallions Nordlys and Water Serpent featured in the back-breeding of countless Irish horses, Ambassador, Big Idea and Ideal Water to name but a few.
Two years ago Dubliner Shauna Jager was intent on becoming a nurse. Now the 18-year-old is on a completely different career path and is studying science at Bray College of Further Education. "It is all thanks to the Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition that I am now hooked on agriculture," she said. "Never before would I have considered it but the time spent on the...
Aside from some 400,000 visitors who pass through the doors to kiss the world-famous stone each year, you never know what you might spot while walking through the grounds of Blarney Castle these days.
When Co Mayo sheep and cattle farmer Sean Ruane picked up his first ever Irish Draught mare, Robeen Lass, from her breeder Peter McHugh eight years ago, little did he know that he had the potential of breeding a champion in the show ring.
'We need to sell our story - we have a great one to tell," said Maura McCarthy on the success of farming in Ireland as she addressed some 500 people who attended the Bord Bia farm walk on Harry and Amanda Murphy's holding near Ferns, Co Wexford last week.
If you are carrying livestock, you need the correct licence. It is a simple word of advice from the Road Safety Authority (RSA), yet this summer dozens of drivers have found themselves being pulled over by the Gardai for not carrying the correct paperwork.
Almost 50pc of the fatal accidents involved farm machinery since 2006, and quad bikes accounted for 15pc of those fatalities.
The UK's road safety charity, Brake, has called for an overhaul of driver learning courses to include mandatory rural road tests.
Regular Clifden visitor Lucinda Kelly headed west last week in the hope of adding another accolade to that won at the Dublin Horse Show the week previously, but it was not to be with Killaneen Boy.
Each year Connemara ponies bred in Ireland are sold the world over. Rarely does one return back to its roots, so it was great to see Poesie Melody at Clifden Show recently to lift the supreme championship for her new owner Noel Sweeney.
"The standard was so high on both farms it was impossible to split them."
Each year hundreds of exhibitors across the country, and beyond, vie for their place at the Dublin Horse Show. Be it ridden, in-hand showing or show jumping classes, the competition is hot and everyone wants to take home a piece of RDS silver at the end of a long week.
When Sligo man Sean Gilligan decided last year that he needed to travel to gain some experience in the sheep industry, he could not have picked a better spot than New Zealand.
If anyone is heading towards Victoria in Australia between now and Christmas, please pack a few bags of Smoky Bacon Tayto for Stephen Cullen.
Next week as the Irish team prepares to bid for a 24th victory in the prestigious Nations Cup for the Aga Khan Trophy, Eddie Macken, James Kernan and Con Power will be the toast of the RDS as they celebrate the 40th anniversary of the memorable three-in-a-row between 1977 and 1979.
Switching from a life riding out racehorses in Westmeath to working with sheep in the wilds of Australia might not be on everyone's bucket list, but it seems Ben Brabazon has landed on his feet.
Members of the RTÉ series Dragon's Den are among the latest in a growing number of enthusiasts to have enjoyed a day's racing as part of the new 'Experience It' initiative by Horse Racing Ireland.
'It's all about the craic -that is what racing is all about and we're going to have plenty of that in Galway next week."
Japanese Knotweed has the potential to devalue land prices if left untreated, an invasive species expert has warned.
As riders we all have accidents at some point in our lives. Be it a simple injury, or something more serious, we recover, and we try to move on.
From herding cattle to the winner's enclosure, The Black Russian has brought Fergus Hanley much joy as a small-time trainer.
Rarely does the Bloomfield Team leave the Dublin Horse Show without a champion's sash, or two. This year, Jane Bradbury and Daphne Tierney - the duo behind the team - are right on target for another bumper week, with eight horses currently being primed for the five-day spectacular next month.
The traditional Irish Sport Horse faces extinction, a former US Olympian jumper and leading breeder has warned.
The fluctuation of sterling in recent months has had a negative impact on thoroughbred sales in Ireland, Charles O'Neill of Irish Thoroughbred Marketing has warned.
Down through the years the small town of Fethard in Co Tipperary has become a popular tourist destination not only for its association with horses, but also its rich culture and heritage.
Competing at eventing at all levels takes time, effort and a lot of money. Few can boast at being able to survive without producing and selling horses to fund this expensive sport.
It's a man's world, but that doesn't bother Rachael Blackmore. In fact, she thrives on the competition - so much so, she will soon be credited as being one of the fastest jockeys to ride out their claim as a Conditional when her tally of wins approaches 60 in the coming weeks.
Siobhán English profiles the shortlisted candidates in the Beef, Dairy, Sheep and Tillage categories for the Zurich Farm Insurance Farming Independent Farmer of the Year Awards which take place tonight in Dublin.
The stunning five-year-old Irish-bred gelding Bloomfield Bespoke crowned a fantastic week for show horse owner Daphne Tierney and rider Jane Bradbury by landing the supreme hunter championship at the prestigious Balmoral Show.
There's no panic on Derek O'Connor. He's a laid back kind of lad for sure. Put him on the back of a horse, though, and it's a different story. He's the real deal.
Late April signifies the start of the new showing season and last weekend exhibitors from around the country travelled to Thomastown in Co Kilkenny, a popular county show which traditionally serves as a wonderful venue ahead of the annual Balmoral Show which kicks off next Wednesday.
It's been dubbed the 'Irish Cheltenham' and this week Punchestown will once again welcome thousands of Irish and overseas visitors to see the world's top hurdlers, chasers and bumper contenders battle for supremacy.
Since its inception in 2014 the Young Riders' Academy has seen an absolute wealth of talent pass through its doors.
Finding a bar stool for a pint of cider in Swans Pub in Skryne or even O'Connells on the Hill might prove difficult next Saturday afternoon when Raz De Maree gives local trainer Gavin Cromwell his first ever runner in the Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree.
The majority of National Hunt horses bred in Ireland come from the small breeder/farmer sector, who usually confine their breeding enterprises to five mares or less, Shane O'Dwyer, the chief executive of the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association, told the Farming Independent this week.
With the Cheltenham Festival now just days away, Irish trainers, owners and breeders alike are eagerly looking forward to five days of top-class racing action in the Cotswold Hills.
For over 30 years, David and Judith Cosby have been breeding both traditional Irish sport horses and Irish draughts with much success.
Most people will have thought about retiring from the hunting field by the time they reach 70, but not David Cosby.
How often have you encountered a horse that rears or bucks for apparently no reason? Or perhaps nips or attempts to bite you when tacking up?
For over 30 years now, the Fitzgeralds of Ballinasisla Stud have been breeding top-class sport horses, amongst them Coolcorran Cool Diamond and Jokers' Girl.
Last year, the British Horse Society (BHS) released some startling figures in relation to road accidents involving horses. It was a wake-up call for everyone, including Irish riders and drivers, some of whom sadly lack basic knowledge when it comes to the hazards of horse riding on public roads.
Each January hundreds of riders from across the globe descend on Florida for the annual Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Centre in Wellington.
Only a handful of coloured horses ever graced the international eventing and showjumping circuits, and those that do usually gather the attention of competitors and spectators alike.
Few will remember the great National Hunt sire Roselier gracing the front page of the Irish Independent on December 21, 1988, but for Sean Kinsella, it is a day forever etched in his memory.
In recent times Ireland has lost an enormous amount of traditional Irish bloodlines through both the sale and disposal of horses as we struggle to recover from the recession that struck in 2008.
Shared horse ownership is certainly not new to Ireland, and many of our leading breeders, owners and riders have been using the concept for years.
Calls are being made for the strict regulation of horse-drawn carriages and their operators in Dublin City Centre in light of the seizure of a horse by gardaí after complaints from the public about the animal's welfare.
Every time we ride our horse, we take a risk. As horse owners we are acutely aware of their unpredictable nature, and that accidents can happen at any time, anywhere. We learn to fall off, and most of the time we immediately re-mount, unless of course we are injured.
At the inaugural amalgamated Goresbridge/Monart Select Event Horse Sale in 2010, the then four-year-old Cooleys Pay Cheque was sold for a sum of €29,000 to British resident Fiona Elliott.
The recent spell of dry weather has been welcomed by farmers countrywide, but for the hunting community, warm temperatures are not ideal.
Top-class horse producers the world over will always emphasise the importance of the dam when choosing a young horse, yet for others, stallions are often thought to be the most influential part of the stallion-mare mating equation.
A well-mannered horse can give a lifetime of enjoyment, but one which has had a bad start in life, or who has learned bad habits along the way, can take a lifetime to fix.
Without doubt Ireland is home to the finest thoroughbred stallions in the world, with the likes of Galileo, Dubawi and Sea The Stars currently occupying the top three positions in the Leading Sires table in Europe.
It took over 70,000 volunteers to successful co-ordinate this summer's Olympics, but thousands of others worked away behind the scenes for almost nine weeks to ensure the smooth running of the 2016 Games.
Producing and selling young horses takes much time and patience, but it all paid off for Ger O'Neill at the recent FEI World Breeding Jumping Championships in Lanaken, Belgium as he lifted Ireland's third ever gold medal at these finals with the six-year-old Irish Sport Horse Killossery Kaiden.
The Leonard family name has been synonymous with top event horses for years, with the likes of Ringwood Cockatoo, Ballingowan Pizazz and Ballynoe Castle RM all gaining worldwide acclaim in the sport over the past decade.
For the past 15 years the FEI World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses have been a valuable stepping stone to bigger things.
The hunting season is fast approaching, but Dónal O'Beirne must sit back and watch as riders, horses and hounds start to prepare for a busy few months ahead.
Founded in 1826, the Iverk Show celebrates its 190th birthday this Saturday at its showgrounds outside Piltown, Co Kilkenny.
During this year's show circuit, dozens of horse owners have been discussing the issue of skin irritations caused by summer flies, midges and ringworm.
History was made recently as the Irish young rider team claimed its first ever gold medal at the European Showing Jumping Championships in Millstreet in Cork.
Ireland is home to some 200,000 horses and ponies, but presently just 200 full-time and 200 part-time farriers attend to these animals on a regular basis.
A new international forum that will bring together the official and national operations based around the world that facilitate and promote the retraining of racehorses has been unveiled by Godolphin in Newmarket.
The launch of the Wild Atlantic Way in 2014 opened up so many doors for both the long-established, and fledgling tourism enterprises. From the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal to Kinsale in Co Cork, some 500 visitor attractions are dotted along the world's longest touring route covering over 2,500 kilometres.