Agricultural News

CAP reform facing delays over budget and Brexit - EU officials

Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is facing a significant delay, due to uncertainty over Brexit and the future EU budget....

Average dairy farm income to soar to €74,000 in 2019 - Teagasc

Incomes on dairy farms will continue to race ahead of other farm enterprises this year, according to Teagasc's latest forecast....

Beef sector is facing summer meltdown as prices slump to €3.50/kg

The difficulties in the beef sector intensified this week as factories pulled prices across the board by 5c/kg or €15-20/hd....

Ornua overhaul plan in hands of smaller co-ops

Smaller dairy co-ops will decide the fate of a radical plan to overhaul the governance and shareholder structures of Ornua....

Margaret Donnelly: 'The debate about Ornua's future is long overdue and good news for farmers'

The debate about the proposed overhaul of Ornua should be welcomed and not seen as a distraction for those involved....

China June pork imports surge 62.8% from a year earlier

China’s pork imports in June surged from the previous year, customs data showed on Tuesday, as the world’s top consumer of the meat stocked up on supplies after African swine fever has decimated domestic pig herds....

EU wheat prices fall as harvest gathers pace

European wheat futures in Paris fell on Monday as harvesting gathered pace across the Northern Hemisphere, tracking a similar setback in Chicago....

Missing toddler had driven himself to local fair on toy tractor

A two-year-old boy was reunited with his family after driving his toy tractor by himself to the fair....

Ash Dieback disease will cost landowners €800m

The final cost of the Ash Dieback disease outbreak will top €800m, a forestry group has claimed....

John Heney: Beef sector needs change - not more whingeing

While it's very difficult not to be affected by the continuing stream of bad news surrounding our industry, inside our farm gates we have little to complain about this summer....

Marts: More woe as trade keeps ploughing downwards

Despite reports of some positivity in the sale for better-quality stores, the trade for bullocks and heifers overall continues to plough downwards....

'Sheep farming is in my blood but I am losing interest - it's a pity there isn't a few pound in it'

Storm Powell travelled to Tullamore Mart last week to hear farmers' views on the sheep price slump and why farmers are exiting the sector....

Farm worker seeks €1.65m for 'horrific' combine injuries

A 34-year-old farmer who has sued after he suffered horrific injuries to his hand when it was sucked into a combine harvester has claimed for €1.65m in losses, the High Court heard....

Big numbers help factories put the squeeze on farmers

The numbers keep coming, with last week's kill at 34,817, enabling factories to further squeeze prices....

Derek Deane: 'Beef will go the way of beet unless somebody shouts stop'

As a beef farmer for the past 35 years, I am beginning to wonder if the game is up? We are in the midst of the worst crisis in beef since BSE, and the Minister for Agriculture and his officials are sleepwalking through it....

Ann Fitzgerald: Embrace Farm offers wonderful support all farmers hope they'll never need

"It is the ultimate irony that the priest who led this service last year would himself die in a freak accident."...

'There is no such thing as the perfect pasture'

In the perfect world, a paddock system would have uniform square areas, or at least 2:1 rectangle areas....

IFA review of beef sector expected in September

The anxiously awaited consultancy in-depth review of the beef sector for the IFA has been provisionally listed for discussion at the September Council meeting of the IFA....

Solar power farms approved by planning watchdog

Two solar power generating projects, one of which had been refused permission by the local authority, have been given the go-ahead by An Bord Pleanála....

France asks EU for early farm aid to help drought-hit farmers

France will ask the European Commission to bring forward the payment of 1 billion euros of subsidies to help farmers cope with a hot spell that hurt crops and pasture, with more damage feared this week, the farm minister said on Monday....

Bayer welcomes judge's call for reduced damages in $2 billion glyphosate case

Germany’s Bayer AG welcomed on Friday a call by a U.S. judge to cut a $2 billion damages award to a Californian couple by a jury which found that its glyphosate-based weed killer had caused their cancer....

Fendt's revamped 900 Vario range sets new standards in 200hp-plus tractor market

German tractor maker Fendt has launched a tractor that sets new standards in the 200hp-plus tractor bracket. The new Fendt 900 Vario series is aimed at large farms and contractors worldwide looking for a powerful, capable tractor....

84ac non-residential Meath farm with €950,000 guide

A non-residential farm of 84ac of quality Meath land is for sale by public auction at a guide price of €950,000....

Breading for quality leads Wicklow sheep farmer to success

Another milestone in his ambition as a sheep breeder to become best in class was accomplished by a Co Wcklow breeder at the 2019 Charollais Breed Championships....

€2m guide for prime 153ac farm with two residences and extensive facilities in east Wicklow

A superb residential farm on c153 acres at Ballygannon Beg, Glenealy, Co Wicklow, has come on the market at a guide price of €2m....

No show for pigs amid Swife Fever threat

The Irish Pig Society has said its members won't be taking pigs to any shows this summer due to the threat of African Swine Fever....

‘Silage effluent causes serious fish kill’ – Limerick council

Limerick City and County Council has urged farmers and silage contractors to redouble their efforts to eliminate silage effluent spillages from crops amid “a particularly bad year for pollution so far”....

'You can have all the safety measures in the world - but never trust a cow'

Brendan McLaughlin is "as good a farmer as you are going to meet in Ireland". That's what the judges said about him, when he won the REPS Farmer of the Year award in 2000....

Climate report 'overstating' cost of agri-biomethane

The cost of agri-biomethane has been massively overstated in the Government's recent Climate Action Plan, the industry body Renewable Gas Forum Ireland (RGFI) has claimed....

Jim O'Brien: Why men need to talk about the unease many feel

Is it only men that are restless? Is the predilection for gazing beyond the horizon waiting for the next adventure a man thing?...

Prolific sire sweeps the boards at Friesian open day

The progeny of a Dovea-bred Friesian sire proved the most popular choice with dairy breeders purchasing stock at the Celebratory Sale of 2019-born heifers and bulls from the Firoda herd at the Pure Friesian Open Day which attracted several hundred farmers to Co Kilkenny recently....

How to strike the right balance on soil nutrients

With silage wagons and balers busy in Irish fields, farmers should not forget that whatever nutrients come out must go back into the ground....

EU heading for large wheat crop despite early summer heatwave

The European Union is set for a larger wheat harvest this summer as a heatwave in late June which wilted some crops had a less severe impact than initially feared, traders and industry officials said....

Hungary's favourite gardener still digging up new tips as he turns 100

Gyorgy Balint, Hungary’s favourite gardener, turns 100 this month and his advice is more sought after than ever....

Ann Fitzgerald: 'Wild is wonderful, so why don't we fight harder for our pollinators?'

I'm delighted at the obvious progress being made by rural communities of the take-up of twin pollinator/biodiversity messages - but I feel there are a few further actions that would take the campaign up to the next level....

What are your farm's feed requirements and options?

Compared with June and July 2018, thankfully Ireland has reverted to a normal summer weather pattern, resulting in bumper silage and even hay crops....

See inside one of Ireland's last fur farms

When Sven Sjoholm's uncle spotted an advertisement in Fur Rancher magazine, outlining the tax breaks that Ireland was offering to mink farming start-ups, he showed the magazine to his brother Sune, who had better English....

Storm Ali's impact sends losses soaring at National Ploughing firm to €500,000

The impact of Storm Ali last year sent pre-tax losses soaring to almost €500,000 at the company which operates the National Ploughing Championships....

Farmer seeks €1.65m over combine harvester accident

A 34-year-old farmer who has sued after he suffered horrific injuries to his hand when it was sucked into a combine harvester has claimed for €1.65million in losses, the High Court heard....

Landowner convicted for removing gravel from the Blackwater river

Inland fisheries Ireland secured a conviction against Mr. Bryan O’Neill, a landowner on the Munster Blackwater, for removing spawning gravels during last summer’s drought....

Live exports on continent halted over forecasts of another severe heatwave

With another severe heatwave forecast, road transport of live cattle through continental Europe has been prohibited from this weekend, until further notice....

Farm worker sues employer after hand sucked into combine

A farm worker’s hand was sucked in to a combine harvester as he tried to free grain clogging up the machine, the High Court heard....

Hill farmers demand end to Pillar 1 payments for nitrate derogation farmers

Farmers who avail of a nitrates derogation should not qualify for any Pillar 1 CAP payment, and these funds should be redistributed, according to the INHFA's 10-point plan for the suckler sector....

Majority of dairy farmers willing to plant forestry

A recent survey of dairy farmers which showed that 84pc would be willing to plant trees on their farm is a clear signal that farmers are willing to make a contribution to mitigate the effects of climate change....

At 80,000ha, we remain on course for a record harvest of winter barley

We are just heading into the harvest of the largest area of winter barely we have ever had in this country. It's approaching 80,000ha this year. For an individual crop, this is a remarkable success story....

Deforestation in Brazil accelerates in July, threatening EU trade deal

More pressure is set to be heaped on the EU Commission to abandon its controversial Mercosur trade deal after new data shows deforestation in Brazil has soared in July....

Darragh McCullough: 'Forestry will be a big part of farming's future but placing all our bets on Sitka spruce is pure folly'

For the past couple of months I've been looking at my options for getting into forestry. For years, I'd been guilty of dismissing it as an enterprise that was only of interest to farmers on marginal land....

Vehicle tax will add €1,000 to the price of new and used cars

The price of new and used diesel and petrol cars will go up by as much as €1,000 under plans to clamp down on emissions....

Met Éireann issues weather warning for 10 counties as thundery downpours to hit

MET Éireann has issued a rainfall warning for 10 counties as thundery downpours are expected to hit the west of Ireland and parts of the midlands....

Farmers 'turn on each other' over the distribution of beef supports

The distribution of the recently announced €100m beef support package for the beef sector has seen farmers turn on each other....

First yields good but combine will tell real story

The cereal harvest is up and running as combines roll into winter barley crops across the south and east on the back of the recent warm weather....

Deaths in Northern Ireland farming sector increased to eight last year

Eight people died in agricultural incidents in Northern Ireland last year....

Vets may take legal action over new ruling on practice ownership

Veterinary representatives have criticised a ruling by the Veterinary Council that it won't interfere on the ownership of practices, saying vets won't have clinical autonomy if they are employees of lay corporate bodies and say it may take legal action....

Factories 'greed' is at root of beef crisis, claims IFA

The country's beef processors have been accused of "hypocrisy and greed" on their beef pricing policies by a leading national IFA officer...

'Reckless': Farmers warned over 'underestimated' problem of Japanese Knotweed

Farmers and gardeners have been warned that accidentally planting or recklessly allowing Japanese Knotweed to spread to another property could result in a prosecution....

Mike Brady: Lost the zest for the land? Should you quit or should you stick?

Farmers are just like all self-employed business people; they find it hard to say no to work....

Marts : Farmers feel mental strain in world of falling prices

Each mart manager or auctioneer I have talked to over the last week has spoken of an air of despondency among their clients. Mart managers note many things as they go about their business, and when the mood music changes, they notice....

Dan O'Brien: 'It's not exaggerating to fear that something akin to an economic war could break out with Britain in months'

'War made the state and the state made war." This is the pithy theory of one historian on the role of conflict in creating the sort of modern states in which we in Ireland live today. That theory is contested, but what is not contested is the fact that the number of wars between countries has fallen dramatically since 1945....

Defra: No plans for ‘widespread cull of livestock’ if there is no-deal Brexit

Officials have denied drawing up plans for the slaughter of millions of sheep in the event of a no-deal Brexit....

Prices in meltdown as factories turn up the heat

Factory prices for sheep continue to melt, like an ice-cream cone in the July heat. Like that ice cream cone, the factories continue to bleed the value out of the farmers' lambs. What official quotes were available yesterday showed lambs to be back another 10-15c/kg....

'U-Turn on hedgerow cutting will endanger human life'

The Government's move to scrap plans to allow roadside hedgecutting in August has provoked a strong reaction in some quarters....

Ireland to oppose EU plans to scrap daylight saving time

Ireland will oppose the EU's plans to scrap daylight saving time under proposals to be brought to Cabinet by Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan today....

Pace of factory price tumble shows signs of slowing down

Factory prices remain under pressure. However - with the kill figures last week coming in at 34,650 - are there signs that the possibility of further downward pressure might be easing?...

John Fagan: Sheep farmers are exiting the sector in their droves and who can blame them with prices on the floor

Fair play to the ICSA and Sean McNamara for standing up for sheep farmers and resisting the price drop. It's about time farmers started to stand up for themselves, and the recent protest at the Kepak plant in Athleague can only be deemed a success....

Margaret Donnelly: Department has taken the hard but fairest approach on divvying up the Brexit beef fund

The Beef Plan movement took to the streets of Dublin, with significant numbers of support from both members and politicians, last week....

Mitsubishi reveals prices and spec of its new L200

MITSUBISHI has just released prices and specs for its new L200 Double Cab pickup....

Milk price unchanged but co-ops warn of sluggish global demand

DAIRY processors have been accused of paying below-market returns for milk, even though most co-ops announced unchanged prices for June....

Argentina ranchers kill the fatted cow amid cash crunch, turn to China

Argentina’s world-famous ranchers are culling their breeding cows at the highest rate in 30 years and tapping Chinese demand for meat in order to help pay their bills as access to credit has dried up for farmers in South American’s No. 2 economy....

Sheep farmers packing it in at a rate of 12 per week

Up to 12 farmers a week walked away from the sheep sector in 2018, the latest National Sheep Survey confirms....

Support farmers and double ethanol in petrol now to meet Ireland's climate goals - industry

Ireland should double the volume of ethanol in its petrol as a quick way to make climate goals achievable, according to a report by economist Jim Power....

Creed accuses 'active' social media campaign of 'misleading farmers

The Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has claimed that there was an 'active' social media campaign over the past week to 'mislead' farmers on the Government's position on the controversial Mercosur trade deal....

Kildare Chairman to run for IFA deputy role

IFA Kildare Co. Chair Brian Rushe has been nominated by his county to run for the role of IFA Deputy President....

Fiona Muldoon: 'There is no way around it - if we want generous insurance awards, it means accepting higher premiums'

Without doubt, insurance costs have risen in recent years, and for many business and personal customers, this has been a very difficult pill....

Remote Border checks can work even if there is a no-deal Brexit - Hogan

A way can be found to avoid animal and food checks at the Border - even in the case of a no-deal Brexit, Ireland's EU Commissioner Phil Hogan has said....

Plans to allow roadside hedge cutting during August scrapped

The Government will not be proceeding with regulations that would have allowed general roadside hedge cutting during August this year on a trial basis....

Farmers need 'behavioural change' on safety - Creed

Behavioural change is needed to prevent accidents on farms, the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has said ahead of Farm Safety Week....

Radical overhaul of Ornua board on the cards

A radical overhaul of the Ornua board is being considered by the organisation, the Farming Independent understands....

Ornua to close UK ingredients factory

Following a major review of its European ingredients’ operations, Ornua has announced a proposal to close its Whitchurch site in Shropshire....

US judge slashes Roundup jury award to $25.3m; Bayer still plans to appeal

A federal judge on Monday slashed a damages award Bayer owed a California man who blamed Roundup weed killer for his cancer, to $25.27m from $80.27m, while rejecting the company’s bid for a new trial....

Wheaten straw deals being struck at €85-90/t

Contracts with mushroom composters for wheaten straw are understood to have been agreed at €85-90/t....

Beef finishers the big winners from Brexit bailout fund

Beef finishers are set to be the big winners from the EU and Government's Beef Brexit bailout fund....

Italian farmers oppose EU-Mercosur trade deal: Italy's agriculture minister

Italy’s farm sector strongly opposes the trade deal that the European Commission reached with the Mercosur group of South American countries in June, Italian agriculture minister Gian Marco Centinaio said on Monday....

Imports of hormone-free beef: EU-US agreement confirmed

The European Union and the US will soon sign an agreement reviewing the functioning of an existing trade arrangement ensuring an autonomous tariff quota (TRQ) for imports of high-quality beef into the EU....

'We wanted to move out of the city, but I had no idea about living in the country'

One of the most successful off-farm enterprises in the country lies nestled between an Aldi and Des Kelly Interiors along the Long Mile Road on the outskirts of Dublin....

Grassroots diary: Best Angus bulls ready to lock horns for All-Ireland title

The country's best Angus bulls are battling it out in regional heats with the aim of being crowned overall winner of the Aldi Angus All-Ireland Bull Calf Championship next month....

Architect-design residence on 30ac in Westmeath for €750,000

The Bawn is a detached, single storey modern residence with unique features sitting on 31ac of tillage land at Knockmant, Killucan in Co Westmeath....

Hogan on Mercosur: 'Irish beef farmers understand this is a better deal than was on the table in 2004'

The EU's Agriculture Commissioner has said there are a lot of misinformation and misplaced facts in relation to the EU-Mercosur trade agreement....

JCB launches electric and rotating telehandlers

JCB has just launched its new electric Teletruk and a new rotating telehandler, both of which will generate interest in agricultural markets....

O'Keeffe clan take the Suffolk championships by storm again

Suffolk sheep breeders from Donegal to Wexford and Louth to Kerry vied for the honours at the 2019 breed championships held in conjunction with the 2019 NSBA Championships at Kilkenny....

Nitrates derogation should rule out farmers from CAP Pillar 1 payments - INHFA

Farmers who avail of a nitrates derogation should not qualify for any Pillar 1 CAP payment, and these funds should be redistributed, according to the INHFA's 10-point plan for the suckler sector....

Processors warn dairy markets are under pressure

Dairy processors are being accused of paying below market returns for milk, as they warn markets are under pressure....

China vows to tackle dead pig scam amid swine fever epidemic

Criminal gangs in China are faking outbreaks of African swine fever on farms free of the disease and forcing farmers to sell their healthy pigs at sharply lower prices, the agriculture ministry has said....

Japanese market opens to Irish sheepmeat

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed has confirmed that Ireland has secured access to the Japanese market for sheepmeat....

We all need to up our game on soil fertility

School summer holidays are well and truly upon us so our daughters Georgie and Becky are busy showing calves which is a great part of the farm here as it allows us extra family time in what is always a hectic schedule....

How to get the ideal clover cover into your fields

The benefits of adding white clover to grassland are well known to many farmers, and include uptake of nitrogen for plant growth and increasing herbage and milk production....

Wall Street banks bailing on troubled US farm sector

In the wake of the US housing meltdown of the late 2000s, JPMorgan Chase & Co hunted for new ways to expand its loan business beyond the troubled mortgage sector....

Preparation for next year's lamb crop starts at weaning

Last year we were weaning early to conserve what grass we had for the lambs; this year we waited until last week to wean any lambs. We had plenty of grass so we left them with their mothers for an extra two weeks. We got some that were fit to kill and these went straight off with their mothers to the factory. The rest were divided into two groups according to their weight and will get the best...

It's all about achieving a work-life balance, say award-winning dairy duo

An award-winning farming couple say balancing life and work is central to their success in and out of the milking parlour....

Bumblebees could be wiped out within 30 years, heralding 'disastrous' future for our ecosystem

Ireland could be set to lose nearly 90pc of our bumblebees and a fifth of our butterflies by 2050 if they continue to decline at their current rate....

€5m vaccine project to target liver fluke parasite

A ground­breaking research trial this summer is set to test a vaccine that might prevent liver fluke....

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