Agricultural News

Farmers heap pressure on Hogan for 'no deal' support

Following the defeat of the Brexit motion in the House of Commons this evening, IFA President Joe Healy traveled to Brussels for a meeting with EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan....

Martin Coughlan: Farmers the losers in beef numbers game

The factory trade continues to be difficult with the numbers game remaining the main stumbling block. Last week's overall factory kill was 35,828, up significantly on the 32,974 from the same week last year....

Carrefour to audit abbatoirs, demand cameras for animal welfare

Carrefour will audit the slaughterhouses which supply its own-brand meat and ask them to install cameras in response to rising consumer demand for socially responsible practices....

Coveney says he hasn't cut back on meat

TÁNAISTE Simon Coveney has said he hasn’t decided to eat less meat in a bid to cut his own carbon footprint....

Mart insurance to remain 'stubbornly high' until there is a change in accident frequency, FBD warns

Mart insurance premiums will remain stubbornly high until there is a change in the severity and frequency of accidents, FBD Insurance has said....

Principal appointed to Teagasc Kildalton Agricultural College

Teagasc has appointed Tim Ashmore as the new Principal in the Teagasc Agricultural and Horticulture College in Kildalton, Pilltown, County Kilkenny....

Toyota Hilux seized over suspected diesel theft from farmyard

Gardai in Meath have seized a Toyota Hilux suspected of being involved in the theft of diesel from a farmyard in Slane this week....

No-deal Brexit would end cross-border sheep trade

Brexit could cause serious difficulties for the Irish sheep processing sector, Bord Bia's Declan Fennell told last week's Meat Marketing Seminar....

Watch Pöttinger mowers swath merging without conditioners

The latest development from Pöttinger enables swaths to be merged for the first time without a conditioner: thanks to the new cross conveyor auger the swath is merged immediately after mowing....

National Reserve will be open for applications in 2019

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, has today confirmed the National Reserve will be open for applications in 2019....

TDs demand new rural crime task-force and stronger trespass laws

A dedicated rural crime task-force and a review of trespass laws to strengthen the rights for farmers to protect their property were among a series of demands set out by Independent TDs last night....

More new year cheer for sheep farmers as prices keep on rising

In contrast to the cattle factory trade, the early weeks of 2019 have seen the fortunes of those with sheep to sell improve, with quotes on our table below better this week by 5-10c/kg....

Kerry Group holds milk price for December supplies

Our Kerry Group base price for December milk supplies remains unchanged at 32cpl vat inclusive. Based on average December milk solids, the price return inclusive of vat and bonuses is 39.5cpl....

Robin Talbot: We are €200/hd worse off on young bull sales

I recently sat down in front of the computer and compared the sale of Under 16-month bulls sold in the back end 2017 and those sold in the comparable period 2018. As suspected, it wasn't pretty viewing....

Beef Plan Movement looking to raise €2m to produce and market own beef

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....

'Call it panic or what not....but we saw the word superlevy and decided not to milk the cows'

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....

Storm Emma-type bread shortages will be the norm in the event of a hard Brexit, warn farmers

Bread shortages on par with those experienced during last year’s Storm Emma snow could become the norm in the event of a hard Brexit, farmers have warned....

Beef crisis: Economist to undertake root-and-branch investigation of beef sector

A wide-ranging review of the beef sector is being undertaken by the IFA in reaction to growing concerns about the viability of suckler beef farming....

'We're no shrinking violets'- IFA exec, despite survey showing Irish female farm managers among lowest in EU

Ireland has one of the lowest percentages of female farm managers, a new EU survey has revealed, but dairy farmer Imelda Walsh believes that "women aren’t shrinking violets" and the tide is turning....

Bread shortages seen during Storm Emma could become norm in event of hard Brexit

Bread shortages on a par with those experienced during last year's Storm Emma snow could become the norm in the event of a hard Brexit, farmers have warned....

Varadkar dines out on steak amid beef backlash

Farming groups and Opposition TDs have reacted furiously to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's remarks that he's eating less meat to reduce his carbon footprint....

Turkey suspending live exports of cattle "a further setback for Irish beef farmers"

Sinn Féin Agricultural spokesperson Martin Kenny TD has described the news that Turkey has suspended live exports of cattle as "a further setback for Irish beef farmers."...

'I had a very nice Hereford steak last night' - says Varadkar under fire for cutting back on meat comments

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....

Farm safety projects took centre stage at Young Scientist competition

Farm safety and farmers' mental well-being were the focus of some rural-centred projects on show at this year's BT Young Scientist Exhibition in Dublin....

'It isn't a farmer's job to look after people's dogs'-INHFA President calls on State to step in on sheep attacks issue

State authorities need to step in to prevent further dog attack devastation on sheep flocks, President of the INHFA has urged....

Large increase in the number of soils in the optimum pH range for grass production

The 2018 annual review of soil sample results prepared by Teagasc is showing some improvement in soil fertility after years of decline or stagnation....

Dog owner told €200 is not enough compensation for farmer

A dog owner whose pet attacked and kill a sheep on a neighbouring farm has been told by Judge Kevin Kilrane that €200 she paid over is not enough in compensation....

'Reckless in the extreme': Taoiseach comments on meat eating slammed by farmers

Comments by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar regarding consuming less meat to mitigate climate change has been described as “reckless in the extreme”....

Global Dairy Trade sees fourth rise in succession as Irish co-ops hold their milk price

The second GDT (Global Dairy Trade) event of the year has seen prices rise for the fourth time in succession and has signalled a positive start to 2019 as Irish co-ops hold their milk price quotes....

Is producing 'marginal milk' costing you money?

Marginal milk brings revenue, but it also brings additional costs and often these are costs are much greater than what most people consider in simplistic partial budgeting excercises, John Roche said, speaking at the recent Irish Grassland Association conference....

We cannot feed our nation without non-UK labour, says NFU Scotland

Britain will not be able to feed itself without the help of seasonal non-UK labour after Brexit, according to the head of a farming union....

Martin Coughlan: Mart closures raising some hard questions

In the last 10 months three major marts have ceased trading. Added to the loss of Castleblayney and Carrick-on-Suir marts in 2018, last week's closure of Mountrath had some in the business asking hard questions as to where now for those remaining....

Grass growth 'phenomenal' but cold snap is on the way

Farmers have reaped the rewards of phenomenal early grass this January, with livestock back out on paddocks across much of the country and silage even being cut in some areas....

Irish farmers can't rely on a 'rabbit out of a hat' solution to Brexit - ICMSA President

The Irish government can’t wait for "a rabbit out of a hat solution to Brexit" and must make plans on the basis that the UK will leave the European Union, ICMSA President Patrick McCormack said....

China has culled more than 900,000 pigs due to African swine fever

China has culled 916,000 pigs after around 100 outbreaks of African swine fever in the country, the agriculture ministry said this week, as the disease continues to spread to new regions and larger farms....

Man killed while cutting trees on farm named as young father-of-five

A young father of five has been killed after part of a tree hit him while he was clearing away forestry in Co Donegal....

EU Auditors warn that food safety system overstretched (highlights pesticides levels on food imports)

The EU’s system for protecting consumers from chemical hazards in food is overstretched, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors....

Factory management surveyed by Department about use of CCTV in meat plants

A survey on the use of CCTV in slaughterhouses in Ireland has been undertaken by the Department of Agriculture....

Man dies while cutting trees on his farm

Gardai have confirmed that a man died on Friday, while cutting trees on his farm....

Varadkar 'trying to eat less meat' to reduce carbon footprint

TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has said he's trying to eat meat less as part of his own efforts to reduce his carbon footprint....

Dairygold offers suppliers a 0.15c/L bonus - if they participate in milk recording and herd health programme

Dairygold has announced that it is introducing a new milk supplier sustainabilty bonus, based on farmers milk recording and join a herd health programme.....

Cork: A divided county - how one half has reduced its TB rates but the other half has seen an increase

The incidence rate of TB in Cork has largely remained the same over the past number of years, but there is a significant difference between north and south of the county....

Farmers in all sectors can now get grant aid for Meal Bins

In response to requests the Department of Agriculture has approved Meal Bins for all sectors under the TAMS farm building grant scheme....

Clean slate for County Limerick farmer fined over his Effin cows’ dung

A COUNTY Limerick farmer convicted and fined €300 over his Effin cows’ dung now has a clean record after an appeal to the Circuit Court....

Vets to vote on agreement to end work to rule in factories

A deal has been reached that is expected to end the work to rule by vets in meat factories, after weeks of disruption....

Coffee price slump leaves farmers earning less than a cent a cup

In the verdant southern highlands of Ethiopia, coffee farmer Gafeto Gardo is thinking about calling time on an industry that has sustained families for generations....

Six steps to improve your finances and your long-term prospects

Many farmers are glad to see the back of 2018, and will now wonder what 2019 will bring....

'Ireland is one of the best places in the world to grow cereals but the economics are against growers'

With the average Irish person eating an estimated 54 kilogrammes of flour each year, a casual observer would be forgiven for thinking that growing cereals in Ireland would be a lucrative occupation. However the truth is that the cereal sector is doing far from well....

Tighter hogget numbers to bolster prices this spring

Hogget prices are expected to hold above €5/kg for the early months of the year as numbers continue to tighten....

Producer groups a 'positive' for beef sector - Creed

Producer groups could have a positive role to play in the future development of the beef sector in Ireland, the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, has maintained....

US to seek comprehensive agriculture access in EU trade talks

The United States on Friday signaled it would not bow to the European Union’s request to keep agriculture out of planned U.S.-EU trade talks, publishing negotiating objectives that seek comprehensive EU access for American farm products....

Hogan tipped to stay on amid pressure to name next EU commissioner

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will come under increasing pressure to make an early decision about who will be Ireland's next EU Commissioner....

Ann Fitzgerald: 'Laying the roots for an exciting new venture in forestry'

I'm delighted that we're starting 2019 on an energising note inside the farm gate, as we have just completed the planting of eight acres of forestry....

Tommy Boland: Scanning results in UCD farm indicate a bumper crop of triplets

The remaining 15 lambs (2pc of all lambs born) from the 2018 lambing season were sold on December 19....

'A new mindset is needed to solve the TB problem'

Waterford suckler and sheep farmer Sean Harris wonders if Bovine TB will ever be eradicated in Ireland - and quickly answers his own question by saying, "Never," if the authorities persist with the current eradication programme....

'We have to make sure Roundup stays available to farmers'

Liam Condon has come a long way since his teenage years spent doing "back-breaking work" picking vegetables on a neighbours' farm on the Navan Road in Dublin 7....

Helen Harris: 'Banks are open for business - as long as you don't mention machinery'

As the weather gets that bit colder, there is no excuse for not getting on top of all the indoor jobs. January is also the month of conferences and it's a great time to get finances in order....

Farm evictions: Can you potentially be physically removed from your property?

Q I have been following recent media reports about farm evictions. What is the process for a court judgment against you if you get into financial difficulty? Can you potentially be physically removed from your property? What is the role of the county sheriff and the Garda Síochána? What are the laws on the methods finance companies and their personnel employ in enforcing an eviction?...

Dumping of dead calves in plastic bags ‘shows disgusting disregard for area’

Six dead calves were found dumped in the Stoneyford area of Lisburn Co Down in the last 24 hours....

Tillage returns improve but Teagasc urges caution after 'freak' year

The average returns from winter wheat and spring barley increased 50pc in 2018 compared to 2017, preliminary results from the Teagasc eProfit Monitor indicate....

Farm Finance: The road to farming success is paved with realistic resolutions

Most of us like to face into a new year with a positive 'can do' attitude....

Hunting with dogs to be ‘effectively halted’ in Scotland

Scottish ministers are cracking down on hunting with hounds in moves that will effectively shut down the activity north of the border....

How this farmer's sheep got through the snow and fodder crisis, while he coped with depression

Eoghan Ó Conchúir had battled and taken control of depression, an illness which nearly claimed his life. Today, Eoghan sits in Dingle's Benners Hotel knowing that tens of thousands have listened to his call on Facebook for people to ignore the stigma that sometimes goes with depression and take steps like those which saved him last summer....

Cold snap to replace this milder weather at end of week

Don't pack away the winter hat and gloves just yet because a colder snap is on the way....

Firefighters rescue 39 bulls from overturned lorry

Some 39 bulls have been rescued from an overturned lorry by firefighters....

Hogget prices reached 5-year high last year, but national flock numbers expected to decline

The country's national sheep flock is expected to decline this year, despite hogget prices reaching a five-year high last year....

Get in the zone ahead of slurry spreading season - See the slurry spreading dates across Ireland

Let me start by wishing all readers a happy and healthy 2019. We had unseasonably mild weather over Christmas and the New Year, which has really helped ground conditions come on....

Vets under pressure to halt work-to-rule action

Farm organisations and meat processors have called for a resumption of talks to end a 'work-to-rule' protest by temporary veterinary inspectors (TVIs) which is seriously disrupting operations at slaughter plants....

Glanbia and Lakeland hold milk price but warn of 'volatile' and 'uncertain' market

Glanbia and Lakeland Daries have held their milk price for December supplies while also issuing warnings to suppliers about pressures on the global dairy market....

Up to 40,000 less cattle will be slaughtered this year - Bord Bia

Between 20,000 and 40,000 less cattle will be slaughtered in 2019, according to Bord Bia’s Latest forecast on the meat sector....

Ringside at Headford Mart: 'The mood this time last year was far more positive'

I have never been to the country around Headford in Galway, but in putting together this piece on Headford Co-operative Livestock Mart I may just put that to rights in 2019, writes Martin Coughlan....

Department commences 2019 Forestry payments - €26m paid to almost 5,000 forest owners

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has announced the commencement of the 2019 Forestry Premium payments totalling some €26.1 million to almost 5,000 forest owners....

Gerard Sherlock: 'We're keeping our fingers crossed for another clear TB test result'

The terrific weather of the past three months definitely made it a lot easier to farm. And only for the darkness dropping down around 4pm, you could be tempted to work on a lot longer....

'A hard Brexit might be the best thing for our dairy industry - it would free up lots of land'

A hard Brexit could, indirectly, provide some opportunities for high profit dairy farmers, according to one leading Agri Consultant....

Land prices nationally fell slightly in 2018 but raced ahead by 25pc in southern counties

Land prices remained steady in 2018 despite a year of severe weather events, fodder shortages and cashflow problems, not to mention the spectre of a no-deal Brexit....

South Leinster: Commuter belt land market heating up

South Leinster continues to be the prime place in Ireland to own or sell farmland, it remains an expensive spot for the buyer. This year the region was ahead in all the land indicators but was knocked back into second place by Munster in the per-acre stakes....

North Leinster: 'The money is where the milk is'

The land sale figures for North Leinster in 2018 tell a stark tale. The amount of land sold under the hammer at 2,421ac was down 17.5pc on 2017 while the amount of money generated by sales was back 33.5pc. The 2018 per-acre price slipped from €12,229 to €9,860 or 21pc below the 2017 level....

Munster: Intense competition driving Munster prices to record highs

For the first time since these auction surveys began, the per-acre price for land is highest in the southern province at €14,292/ac, beating south Leinster land by over €700/ac and marking an increase of 25pc on the price per acre achieved in the province last year....

The fertiliser plan to set your farm up for success this growing season

The amount of phosphorous (P) and potassium (K) for required largely depends on how much grass is going to be utilised according to Stan Lalor, speaking to the audience at the Irish Grassland Association conference this week....

Connacht/Ulster: Sales buoyant as 1,400ac changes hands

Farm sales in Connacht and Ulster were more than buoyant with all indicators on the ascendant apart from the average per acre price that fell somewhat....

Would I take my Aryzta job now? Honestly, I don't know - McGann

ARYZTA chairman Gary McGann said he doesn't know if he would have assumed the role of chairman at the baked goods company had he known how bad its problems were....

How an extra tonne of grass can reduce many dairy farmers' feed costs by €8,000

Addressing grass growth on the whole farm, not just the milking platform, is essential for reducing the costs associated with feeding according to Teagasc Dairy Business and technology Advisor Richard O’Brien....

'What kind of a sick individual would do this?' - Gardai investigate slicing of calf’s tongue

A Garda investigation is underway in Inishowen, Co Donegal after a calf in the area had his tongue sliced in a suspected malicious attack....

Farmer with a 'heart of gold' who died tragically named locally

A rural community is coming to grips with the devastating loss of a neighbour with a "heart of gold” who was regarded as one of the most progressive farmers in his locality....

Cheese exports to the UK down in 2018, despite Brexit stockpiling

Irish exports of cheese to the UK fell significantly last year despite milk processors moving significant quantities in the later months of 2018 to avoid any post-Brexit risks....

2018 weather cost dairy farmers 6c/L - how to get your farm finances ready for any challenge

Dairy farmers need to prepare now and can’t assume that an extreme weather year like 2018 won’t happen again, Head of Agriculture at AIB Tadgh Buckley has warned....

Can you be a high profit dairy farmer? Here's the 7 key traits you need

There are certain traits and characteristics that are common among profitable farmers that see them earning a higher margin compared to their peers, Agricultural Consultant and Land Agent Mike Brady told the room at this week's Irish Grassland Association conference....

Illegal dumping - 'Any farm within 10 miles of a town is being targeted'

Farmers fear that illegal dumping on their land will get worse before it gets better....

Testing programme extended in Monaghan to address major TB outbreak

Farmers in Monaghan have been informed that the TB testing programme has been extended due to the high incidence of bovine TB in the county....

EU trade commissioner says talks with US will not include agriculture

The European Union and United States have not yet agreed on the scope of their trade negotiations, but the EU will not include agriculture in the talks, its trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström told reporters on Wednesday....

Investigation launched after farmer dies tragically while demolishing shed

A Co. Mayo farmer died tragically today after part of the roof of a shed which he was demolishing fell on him....

Farmer receives garda warning about patrolling roads around land with shotgun

Gardaí have told a farmer that he cannot patrol the roads around his farm with a shotgun to protect his sheep against attacks by dogs accompanying hillwalkers....

Lamb prices break the magical €5/kg barrier

Before getting into the nitty gritty of factory prices, a word about an issue that has periodically dogged relations between farmers and factories....

Brexit anxiety reason for formation of new IBEC-led forestry group, say industry leaders

Brexit anxiety was the catalyst that led to the formation of Forestry Industries Ireland (FII), a new trade association for the forestry and timber industry that has been set up by IBEC....

New rules could force older marts to shut down

New mart regulations introduced this week will increase pressure on marts already struggling to cope with rising insurance costs and red tape, industry sources have warned....

Factories can pick and choose from abundance of bulls

While this is a new year, base prices for bullocks and heifers have remained exactly as they were in my last report before Christmas, ie €3.75/kg for steers with heifers 10c/kg better at €3.85/kg....

New peer-to-peer farm safety initiative to be rolled out in 2019

The Irish Farmers Association is to rollout a peer-to-peer farm safety learning initiative which will encourage farmers to undertake practical measures that will reduce the risk on their own farm....

Feeding cows seaweed 'will not help in tackling global warming'

Hopes that a seaweed additive to cattle feed could dramatically reduce Irish greenhouse gases have been dashed by Agriculture Minister Michael Creed....

Value of Irish food and drink exports falls in 2018 as dependence on UK market increases

The value of Irish food, drink and horticulture exports fell 4pc last year on the back of Despite a year of unprecedented global volatility, involving political uncertainty, extreme weather events and continuing currency fluctuations....

2 simple ways to check if your slats have signs of cracks or faults

Firefighters recently saved three cattle from a slurry tank after the cattle fell in and almost drowned and Teagasc is reminding farmers to check their slats for signs of cracks and faults....

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