Agricultural News

Supermac beefing up his targets for Irish producers

Sales of Irish produce at Supermacs' outlets will top €50m by 2021 on the back of continued expansion in the business....

Mike Brady: Beware the pitfalls of farm partnerships

Ireland has a very fragmented pattern of land ownership. The country has a total land area of 6.9m hectares of which 4.5m are used for agriculture. There are 137,500 farmers so the average farm size is just 32.4ha (80ac)....

Prime Kilkenny ground sells for €12,000 per acre

A 72ac section of the Kilmurray Estate with a renovated gate lodge at Thomastown Co Kilkenny sold under the hammer last week, making €860,000, just short of €12,000 per acre....

Mary Kinston: Whisper it, but we could do with a dash of rain

Breeding and grassland management have been the main topics of conversation at my discussion group in recent weeks....

One hundred not out for country's oldest bull sale

The tradition of voluntary service to their fellow farmers is being maintained by a dedicated group in the south- east who run what is believed to be the longest running and largest pedigree bull sale in the country....

It's relief all round on tax for young farmers

Fears were raised after last year's budget that provisions in the 2019 Finance Bill could potentially see young farmers hit with massive tax bills....

'Consumers know nothing about the Four Movement Rule' - Beef Plan

Consumers are being led to believe that farmers get the biggest portion of the price when they buy beef in supermarkets, that’s according to the Beef Plan Movement who are hosting a series of information days outside Tesco stores this weekend....

Tillage farmer lands 85ac Meath holding for well over €10,000/ac

With very little Meath farmland on the market so far this year, the sale of an 85.8ac tillage farm near Navan was expected to give an indication as to what sort of prices might be expected in the Royal County in 2019....

Derry contractor takes delivery of the first John Deere 9900i self-propelled forage harvester sold in Europe

A Northern Ireland agricultural contractor is deep into the 2019 silage season using the very first John Deere 9900i self-propelled forage harvester to be sold in Europe....

Improve your silage quality - and feel the benefit in liveweight gains

Grass silage accounts for 20-25pc of total annual feed per cow on well-run dairy farms and up to 30pc of total feed on beef farms depending on the production systems in place, figures from Teagasc show....

'After 12 weeks, lambs are little more than company for the ewe'

Sheep farmers have been warned to be wary of the temptation to delay weaning lambs in a bid to boost liveweight gain....

Man (60s) dies in farming accident 'after he is fatally injured by animal'

Gardaí in Granard are investigating the sudden death of a farmer (mid 60s) on his farm in Longford....

Agriculture students have to resit exam as test paper 'compromised'

Final-year agriculture students in Dundalk Institute of Technology have been told they must all resit an exam because a test paper had been "compromised"....

Micheal Martin accuses EU of breaking tradition to announce €100m beef fund

Micheal Martin hits out at Phil Hogan and the Government over funding announcement during election campaign....

Farmland element of 211-acre property near Newbridge has a guide price of €15,500 per acre

A rare and substantial mix of land located where the Greater Dublin area meets farming country is for sale just outside Newbridge in Kildare....

'Agriculture needs to wean itself off its dependence on single use plastic'

When you look around at the crops at the minute you can understand why old auctioneers would always say: 'If you have to sell land, sell it in May'....

John Fagan: Sheep farmers are paying a high price for Brexit dithering

The collapse in lamb price is very disheartening for sheep farmers. And in the light of the €100 million Brexit fund for the beef industry it is not beyond the realms of possibility that the same should not be sought for the sheep industry....

Farmers seven times more likely to suffer from heart disease

Farmers are seven times more susceptible to cardiovascular disease and three times more likely to get cancer than any other occupational group....

Fonterra revenue up 1pc despite weather challenges

Fonterra’s revenue for the nine months to 30 April 2019 was $15 billion, up 1pc on the same period last year it has emerged despite weather playing a significant role in determining milk prices....

Holiday makers warned not to bring home food amid swine fever fears

Holiday makers are being asked to be vigilant about bringing home food products such as ham sandwiches from their holidays abroad in order to prevent the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF)....

Balancing payments issue for farmers Sheep Welfare Scheme

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....

Gerry Giggins: Now is the time for a thorough inspection of winter housing

Last week I received an email from a client detailing the final load of cattle out of his sheds for the winter season....

'Factories won't benefit from €100m beef package, full stop' - Creed

Factories will not benefit from the €100m Brexit beef package, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has insisted....

Farming buyers prevail in €5m sale of 298ac tillage beef farming enterprise

Prumplestown House on 298ac near Castledermot in Kildare sold in lots for €4.87m at auction last week. The sale, conducted by John Dawson of Tullow, with joint agents Collier International, saw the property make an average of over €16,300/ac....

Farmers seven times more susceptible to cardiovascular disease

Farmers are seven times more susceptible to cardiovascular disease and three times more likely to get cancer, than any other occupational group....

Prison for burglar who targeted retired farmer (80)

Gardaí have thanked the people of South Kilkenny for their prompt response to a text alert circulated which proved crucial in solving a burglary at a rural farmhouse....

Plant-based food only cuts emissions by 10pc

A MOVE toward plant-based food production would only lead to a 10pc reduction in on-farm emissions at best, a Teagasc official has said....

Farmer anger intensifies as factories slash lamb quotes by 50-60c/kg

IFA met with senior management in Irish Country Meats in Camolin, Co Wexford this week and demanded the factories stabilise and restore lamb prices and stop undermining the market with price cuts....

Recommendations on vet practice ownership due in weeks

Recommendations on who can own a veterinary practice are due within weeks, after concerns were raised about corporate entities owning veterinary practices....

Opinion: European Parliament elections critical for the future of Irish and EU agriculture

The European Parliament elections, to be held this Friday in Ireland, and taking place across the EU from the 23-26 May, will be hugely significant in determining the future direction of Irish and EU agriculture....

Sterling down for record 13th day on hard Brexit fears

The pound fell for a record 13th consecutive day against the euro yesterday as UK Prime Minister Theresa May's latest Brexit plans looked close to collapse within a day of being announced....

Geographic labels are 'like intellectual property for farmers'

Developing countries are increasingly using geographic labelling to boost the value of products ranging from carpets to rice, raising rural incomes and protecting farmland, according to agriculture experts and lawyers....

'Irish dairy would be the biggest loser in a US/EU trade war' - Rabobank

Irish dairy would be the biggest losers if a trade war was to occur between the US and EU, according to a new report published by Rabobank....

Almost 600 feedlot type beef farms in operation in Ireland - Bord Bia

There are over 580 feedlot type farms that are all slaughtering 300 cattle a year in operation in Ireland, Bord Bia has stated....

EU Commission proposes to increase transparency on how food prices are reported

Having banned unfair trading practices and improved producer cooperation, the Commission is today presenting the third element to improve fairness in the food supply chain by introducing greater transparency in the way prices are reported throughout the chain, which it says currently puts farmers at a significant disadvantage....

'If Brexit hadn't happened the only thing we would be talking about is climate change'- Bord Bia CEO

If Brexit hadn’t happened the only thing the Irish agri-food sector would be talking about is climate change, Bord Bia CEO Tara McCarthy has said....

Global dairy prices fall, ending record gaining streak

Global dairy prices slipped at a fortnightly auction held early on Wednesday, snapping a record gaining streak....

Beef prices, broadband and rural isolation are top of the agenda for farmers running in this week's local elections

A week in politics is a long time. A lot of things can change: you're loved on a Monday and loathed by the time the seventh day rolls around. Well a week is a long time for farmers too. Blue skies and decent prices can be followed by black clouds and depressing returns in a matter of days....

Darragh McCullough: 'Bruton's big decision will save us from another decade of broadband stagnation'

Call it a coincidence. After voicing my frustrations about rural internet on the national airwaves at the weekend, two shiny vans rolled into the farmyard last week to install...high-speed internet....

New strategy unveiled for Mayo's €500m farming sector

A roadmap for Mayo farming aims to improve farm incomes and maximise the sustainable contribution of agriculture to the county's economy....

Top dairy farmer demands 'zero tolerance approach' to the mistreatment of Irish calves

A zero tolerance approach to the mistreatment of animals has been demanded by the one of the country’s leading dairy farmers....

'Pure Lunacy': Silage contractors 'working round the clock' pleaded with to slow down as accidents peak

Silage harvesting, which hit near 'round the clock' operation on farms over the past week, has been described as "pure lunacy" as farm fatalities are heading towards setting a new national record for 2019....

'Irish agri sector needs to restore public trust'- Hogan

The Irish agri sector needs to restore public trust as climate change is the “single biggest issue” across Irish doorways in the run up to the EU elections, EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has said....

Farmer killed instantly while singlehandedly knocking down an old farm shed, inquest hears

The often lethal dangers associated with farm activities was highlighted by a coroner at an inquest into the death of a 50-year-old Co. Mayo farmer who was pinned beneath a slab of concrete which collapsed upon him while he was demolishing an outhouse....

EU auditors to visit Ireland over biodiversity in farming

The European Court of Auditors will visit Ireland as part of an audit to assess whether the EU’s agricultural policy helps maintain and enhance biodiversity....

Calls for CPOs to be used for graveyards as farmers ramp up prices

Farmers are demanding development prices for lands that County Councils require to carry out vital extensions to cemeteries....

Battle lines drawn on €100m beef bailout fund

Sharp divisions over the share-out of the €100m Brexit beef package emerged this week, with the farm organisations expressing divergent views over who should qualify for supports....

Big Phil may give Leo an election 'dig-out' but there's no such thing as a free burger

Rural Ireland is fast becoming the winner from the local and European elections....

'We are not ready for EID tagging' warn sheep marts

Many of the country's marts are not prepared for the introduction of electronic tagging of sheep (EID) and will not have tag reading systems in place by June 1....

Lurching can't be categorised as a crime - Justice Minister

Gardai cannot categorise 'lurching' as a crime on its Pulse system, the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has confirmed....

'We don't like killing them' - Export firm giving bull calves away for free

Friesian bull calves are being advertised for free by an Irish live export company....

Margaret Donnelly: Beef bailout may cause more problems than it will solve for some

Even the most optimistic of us would find it hard not to adopt a cynical outlook at the announcement of a €100m beef support package days out from European and local elections. Despite what the politicians say, the timing would strongly suggest that it's merely another sweetener after the €3bn National Broadband Plan....

The €100m question: how did Big Phil arrive at that bailout figure?

Factory prices appeared to have stabilised after their recent resurgence. Yesterday I could find no agent willing to push beyond €4.00/kg for bullocks and €4.10/kg for heifers....

Calls for use of CPOs to buy land for graveyards as prices soar

Calls have been made for compulsory purchase orders (CPO) to be used for graveyards as farmers ramp up prices for land....

Council gives green light to $4bn Intel plan - in spite of farmer's objection

Kildare County Council has given the green light to plans by Intel for its planned new $4 billion (€3.53bn) manufacturing fabrication (FAB) facility at its Leixlip plant....

Farmer loses appeal over receiver's appointment over his EU farm payments

A Co Meath farmer has lost his Supreme Court appeal over a bank’s appointment of a receiver over annual payments of some €170,000 to him under the EU Basic Payment Scheme....

Broadband still value for money even if only 10pc of farmers use it - Bruton

Even in the worst case scenario – if just 10pc of farmers use the technology - it would still be worth the massive sums the Government is investing, Communications Minister Richard Bruton has claimed....

EU wheat in good shape after rain eases concerns over dry spring

Welcome rain in the four largest European Union wheat producers raised hopes for a good harvest this summer after a dry spring sparked fears of a repeat of last year’s drought-damaged crop, experts said on Friday....

'We might as well be giving lambs away for free': Sheep farmers protest over 'savage' price cuts

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....

Anne Fitzgerald: 'Time to take stock as new battle lines are drawn for our MEPs'

Just over 15 years ago, my then editor Mairéad McGuinness called to tell me that, instead of posing the hard questions as she had for many moons previous, she was going to move to try to answer them, by running for Europe. Duly elected, her star has fittingly risen steadily and hopefully it still has a way to go....

East Cork 80ac farm holding has mass appeal

East Cork land is valued ground and dairy farmers in the area will be closely watching the progress of an 80ac residential farm at Coneybeg, Watergrasshill....

Timber! How contracting is felling old ways

The forest industry in Ireland has evolved in recent years to a situation where contracting is the norm. There may now be many links in the chain between 'forest owner' and 'forest worker'....

What compensation are farmers entitled to for disturbance during the construction of a motorway

Disturbance during the construction of a motorway through a farm can be massive, particularly if the holding is a dairy, bloodstock or other livestock farm....

Man arrested over the slashing of bales on Limerick farm

GARDAI have arrested a Limerick man in connection with 16 bales of silage being slashed to pieces in the dead of night....

Rural isolation and suicide pose major concern - Tánaiste

Suicides across rural Ireland now pose one of the greatest challenges to society, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has acknowledged....

Ewe can rely on this Royal contractor

Cathal Swan, his wife Julie and their son Shane farm at Skyrne, close to Tara in Co Meath....

'Heavy soil farmers may have to work more land, but return on assets is high'

A new study has found that efficient dairy farms operating on poorly drained soils can be as profitable as those on drier land....

Omega lambs and fitbit cows: New Zealand responds to alternative protein threat

At Dave Harper’s family farm in New Zealand’s scenic Canterbury region, a painstakingly bred flock of lambs is grazing, not on grass, but on a field of herbs selected to unlock healthy omega-3 fatty acids in the animals’ meat....

Legal advice: Neighbouring farmers leaving our road in an awful state. Can I use a right away to stop them?

Q.We live at the end of a 'right of way' and are the only house on this right of way. Ourselves and three other farming families have the right of way on the road. However most of the rest of the land, except our own, is rented to other farmers. Between ourselves and the three other families, we spent a lot of money to get the road resurfaced and up to proper standards....

'We'll never go back to the days of having three butchers in a town'

'There's a time for everything - working in an abattoir is a young person's game." That's according to farmer, butcher and abattoir owner Dominic Feely, who has decided to put his abattoir facility in Daingean, Co Offaly up for sale....

Trial hears dairy farmer among five men deceived into transferring approximately €1.765 million into bank accounts

A man has gone on trial charged with deceiving five men into transferring approximately €1.765m total into bank accounts he controlled....

Interview: Mark Goodman on why we can't expect any Asian country to replace the UK beef market

Demand for beef is growing in Asia, but we can't expect China or any Asian country to replace the UK market, according to Mark Goodman of ABP....

John Large: How we shield lambs from surge in grass growth

When grass growth is high at this time of year the challenge of managing this grass is usually trying to get swards grazed out satisfactorily without any adverse effects on lamb performance....

Analysis: Bayer bets on 'silver bullet' defense in Roundup litigation; experts see hurdles

Bayer AG plans to argue that a $2 billion jury award and thousands of U.S. lawsuits claiming its glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup causes cancer should be tossed because a U.S. regulatory agency said the herbicide is not a public health risk....

Mourinho set for transfer to Scotland after auction sale

Export interest in Irish Limousin genes boosted the trade at the Irish Limousin Cattle Society Premier Show and Sale at Central Auctions Mart in Roscrea last Saturday....

123ac Tipp farm sale marks end of an era

The sale of a 123ac farm at Lisnagaul near Bansha in Tipperary will mark the end of an era in farming for the O'Brien family....

Hard-hit Northern beef farmers switching to dairy as outlook for milk improves, says bank

Northern Ireland's dairy farm industry is growing amid improving conditions for the sector, the head of agriculture at Ulster Bank has said....

Hunt accident horse riders loses High Court case against hunt and land owner

A woman who sued after she was injured in a horse riding accident on a fox hunt has lost her High Court action....

Unacceptable if beef package directed at 'handful of factory agents' - Marts

ICOS Marts Committee have warned that if a new €50m beef support package announced by EU Commissioner Phil Hogan amounts to slaughter only assistance it could be directed to a handful of factory agents....

Beef farmer Edmond Phelan officially puts name forward for ICSA top job

Waterford beef and tillage farmer Edmond Phelan has officially put his name forward to run for ICSA president it has been confirmed....

Aurivo holds its April milk price

Aurivo today announced its April milk price, saying it will pay a base 30.5c/L - the same as for March milk....

Drones to help fight spread of wildfires

The National Parks and Wildlife Service has teamed up with Coillte to tackle wildfires using drones....

Minister announces removal of under 30 month restriction for beef exports to Japan

Irish beef bound for Japan will no longer be bound by an under 30 month rule, after the terms of exports health certificates were changed....

Bayer confident of appeals of glyphosate weed killer court defeats -executive

Bayer AG is confident its appeals of recent court rulings that its glyphosate weed killer Roundup caused cancer will be successful, a senior executive said on Thursday, amid a steep selloff of the company's shares this week....

It was good while it lasted: Sunny weather coming to an end says Met Eireann

The much welcome spate of warm weather is soon coming to an end, according to Met Eireann....

Gove says US food standard demands unlikely to affect UK

American demands for the UK to accept chlorinated chicken and use of hormones in food is to “appeal to aspects of the domestic audience” rather than a workable trade negotiation, Michael Gove has claimed....

John Joyce: 'Copper injections a major boost to cow fertility'

There is an unusual silence around the farmyard these mornings, with the bawl of a newborn calf or the odd rattle of a feed barrier having been replaced with the chirping of the nesting birds in the trees....

Meath farm sells for €27,000/ac

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....

Concern over factory controlled feed-lots access to €100m beef fund

The distribution of a new aid package for beef farmers has been greeted by some with concerns raised that factory owned feedlots may have access to the supports....

Krone BigM450 plans to 'mow the country'

Farmhand, the Krone distributors for Ireland, claim to be 'mowing the country' with their huge demonstrator BigM450 self-propelled mower....

Big Phil may give Leo an election 'dig-out' but there's no such thing as a free burger

Rural Ireland is fast becoming the winner from the local and European elections....

Dairygold announced milk price cut, days after saying prices are more than market returns

Dairygold has announced that it is cutting its April milk price to 30.69c/L....

Election candidate shocked after muck and farm waste dumped on her car overnight

A CORK City Council election candidate who has fearlessly campaigned against illegal dumps and unlicensed refuse collectors had her home targeted in a vile attack....

'I didn't pull the zip up on my coat. I lost my arm and nearly died because of it'

A Co Tyrone farm accident survivor has issued a stark warning on farm safety....

100pc clearance of 90 lots at Laois auction

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....

Kerry Group announces its April milk price

Kerry Group has announced its base price for April milk supplies at 30.5c/L (VAT inclusive)....

Big Phil's €100m election bailout for Leo

A week out from crucial local and European Elections, former Fine Gael Minister and now EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has announced a package of €50m for under pressure beef farmers....

Over 100,000 guns could be banned under new EU rules

New legislation proposed by the EU means farmers could have to pay millions of euro to replace obsolete guns....

'Quality of calves from dairy herd won't change overnight' Glanbia

Improving quality of calves coming off the dairy herd won’t happen overnight, Head of Glanbia Beef Martin Ryan has said....

'Coupled payments an MII cop-out'

The ICSA has slated calls for a coupled payment on suckler cows and called instead for the factories to pay more for beef and for the return of a 'REPS-type' scheme for beef producers....

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