Agricultural News

North's farmers fear Border will be 'loophole' for State producers

Farmers in the North have written to the UK government warning that it must not allow the Irish Border to become a "loophole" that benefits Irish producers at the cost of UK farmers....

Government delays unveiling aid package for farmers facing turmoil

THE Government is delaying plans to unveil a package of emergency financial supports for farmers and small business owners who will be severely affected in the event of a disorderly Brexit....

How much should you be paying for silage ground?

March is often the time of year where deals are done on renting of ground for making silage, but how much can we afford to pay for this ground and when does it become too expensive?...

Martin Coughlan: First shots fired at Irish beef fail to dent prices

The UK government's attempts to sabotage the Irish cattle trade with threats of chronically high tariffs should be seen, in my opinion, for what they were - a crude attempt to turn Irish beef into a political bargaining chip....

Why medium sized farmers are the most exposed to Brexit

More medium-sized farms than small farms could exit agriculture as the risk of a no deal Brexit elevates, Teagasc’s Chief Economist Kevin Hanrahan has warned....

Factories: Lamb prices steady despite lower kill numbers

The sheep trade on the factory side continues exactly as it did last week....

Pair raked in €5m of investment through forestry 'Ponzi scheme', court is told

Two Dublin men ran a "Ponzi scheme" in which they induced dozens of people to invest more than €5m in a forestry investment scam, a court has heard....

The curious case of tainted milk from a Maine dairy farm

For Maine dairy farmer Fred Stone, the discovery in 2016 that his cows were producing tainted milk has since brought financial ruin and threatened to shut down a century-old family business....

Second US jury finds Roundup weed killer caused cancer

A US jury on Tuesday found Bayer AG's glyphosate-based Roundup weed killer caused cancer, a blow to the company eight months after another jury issued a $289 million verdict over similar claims in a different case....

Kiwi dairy giant Fonterra swings to profit but Australian drought weighs

New Zealand’s Fonterra Co-operative Group, the world’s biggest dairy exporter, swung to a first-half profit but remains under pressure from a challenging environment in Australia....

John Fagan: You never stop learning in sheep farming

Lambing is just about to kick off here and I am glad that I left it that bit later. It's almost the calm before the storm amidst the storms. March has always come in like a lion and generally goes out like a lamb and judging by the weather forecast this week it seems the weather gods are looking somewhat favourably on me this year....

Calf trade hit by sailing cancellations

The calf trade in the marts remains extremely difficult, with shipper demand being hit as a result of cancelled sailings due to the continuing poor weather....

VIDEO: Would ewe believe it? Sheep gives birth to sextuplet lambs for second year in row

Six is the lucky number for one ewe on the Teagasc farm in Athenry, Co Galway who has given birth to sextuplet lambs for the second year in a row....

Dairy industry warns Brexit has the potential to create completely new scale of a milk crisis

Brexit has the potential to create a completely new scale of a milk crisis, the European Dairy Association (EDA) has warned in a letter to EU Council President, Mr Donald Tusk....

Factories' 'cold' weight measures cutting €25/hd from beef prices

An adjustment in carcase weights being applied on cattle at the factories, which it is claimed is no longer justified, could be costing in excess of €750,000 per week in lower returns, livestock farmers have been advised....

'No transition plan ready to go for CAP' - Hogan

Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan has said that he does not have a transition plan ready to go if the planned reform of the Common Agricultural policy is not agreed in 2019....

Former ICMSA President John Comer fails in bid to become EU candidate

Former ICMSA President John Comer has failed in his bid to become a Fianna Fail candidate in the upcoming EU elections....

Why the UK asparagus crop could be the first rest test of Brexit

For almost 100 years, Chris Chinn's family has farmed asparagus in the rolling hills of the Wye Valley in western England....

Video: 246 acre farm to go under the hammer

A prime parcel of land in the Enniscorthy district will be auctioned off in Carlow this week....

Ireland 'willing to introduce further capping of farm payments'

The Irish Government is willing to introduce further capping of large EU farm payments and said plans to allow farmers to deduct labour costs would undermine such cuts....

Creed slams IFA calf export demand as 'reckless' and risks bringing down entire industry

The Minister for Agriculture has described an IFA demand on live exports as 'reckless' for the industry....

Farm payments should not be 'robbed' to fund new EU challenges - Creed

Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed has said the current budget proposals for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) are not tenable....

Tractor ‘rolled over’ elderly Limerick farmer who was jump-starting vehicle

A man in his late 80s died in a farming accident after his tractor “rolled over him” when he tried to jump-start the vehicle, an inquest has heard....

British retail giant is backing Irish beef

The UK's biggest supermarket chain has insisted it has no plans to import cheap beef from South America post-Brexit amid concerns over Ireland's valuable export trade....

US heavy equipment makers feeling pain from tariffs, disputes: report

US makers of bulldozers and other heavy equipment are raising prices, losing sales and in some cases beginning to trim workers in response to the Trump administration’s protracted trade disputes with various countries, according to a new report....

Farmer landed in manure for driving tractor through town

A farmer who does’t own a car or have a driver’s licence has avoided a disqualification after he was caught driving a tractor through a busy Co. Limerick town....

Farmers dismayed as future of power plant in question after poor energy rating

An unfinished power plant that former Taoiseach Enda Kenny turned the sod on faces the ‘death-knell’ after a poor rating by the energy regulator....

Take five: a step-by-step guide to reseeding

There are many benefits to reseeding old pasture. Research has shown that newly reseeded grazing swards can produce 20-40pc more grass....

Lambing off to a smooth start bar one visit from a fox

Lambing 2019 is under way. It began with the Pedigree Bluefaced Leicester ewes on February 24....

Seven-month rule here to stay for ANC payments

The seven-month rule for retaining animals for ANC payments will remain in force, the Department of Agriculture told the farm organisations last week....

Macra needs a new direction, says president elect

Macra needs to become a stronger voice on all issues affecting the rural youth and not just young people involved in farming, says Thomas Duffy, the only person nominated to be the next Macra president....

Henry Walsh: We are in new territory with this year's grass growth

February was a wonderful month to be farming. Warm days and pleasant nights resulted in near-perfect conditions for growth, grazing and outdoor calving on the pad....

Farmers to benefit as EU tackles data 'black holes' in the food supply chain

The EU is set to equip farmers with more market data to help them negotiate better prices and contract terms with processors and retailers....

Powerful ground - 212ac tillage and grazing farm with a guide price of €1.9m

Bigger farms continue to dominate the agricultural land market....

Milk Brady: How to manage stress levels as labour shortages begin to bite

Spring is a very stressful time for most farmers. Dairy and suckler beef farmers are burning the midnight oil with compact calving patterns in the recommended systems of production. Tillage farmers avail of every available hour to tend to winter crops and plant spring crops....

Advice: Mediation - the wisest approach in boundary disputes

A recent dispute in Galway relating to farm boundaries has played out dramatically before the courts and brought to mind the many difficulties faced throughout the country that relate to land divisions and boundaries....

Forging new weapons in fight against grass weeds

Halting and reversing the spread of significant grass weed populations is at the heart of an initiative recently launched by Teagasc....

John Downing: Farm leaders have a fine tradition of cutting it on the political frontline

John Comer, the former ICMSA president from Mayo, has joined a long line of farm union leaders having a shot at national politics....

Ann Fitzgerald: Where is the leadership on the issue of hedge removal?

Last week, the Department of Agriculture circulated a press release stating that Minister Michael Creed, "has issued a strong reminder to farmers and advisors" on the illegal removal of hedgerows....

Processors using All-Ireland tickets as bait to lure farmers away from producer groups

Producer organisations (POs) are doomed to fail if farmers can be tempted to break ranks by the promise of All-Ireland tickets from processors, a leading agri solicitor has said....

Member States could get say in the introduction of salary 'loophole' for capping farm payments

A meeting of European Agriculture Ministers next week will discuss a proposal allow Member States to decide whether or not to introduce a controversial salary deduction when capping large farm payments under the proposed reforms of the Common Agriculural Policy (CAP)....

Farmers urged to hold off on fertiliser deals

Farmers have been urged to hold off purchasing large consignments of fertiliser until Irish prices have eased back in line with the international trade....

Peter Hynes: Spending on straw and minerals has paid dividends this calving season

It's hard to believe we are well into March already. With 80pc of the cows calved, all we need is plenty more dry weather to keep the workload down....

Martin Coughlan: Is hard border fear moving sheep south?

Later today we may, or we may not, have some clear indication of how Britain intends to proceed with Brexit as MPs gather for another vote on the matter....

Farmers must stay calm and not react to UK tariff 'political stunt' - Hogan

Farmers must stay calm and not react to the UK’s tariff statement which was a political stunt, EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan has warned....

'Some farmers feel over-run by the ever increasing number walkers on their hills'

Farmers that work Ireland's spawling upland areas have raised concerns in relation to land access and issues around liability....

Fane Valley buys duck producer Silver Hill, promises investment

Northern Irish agri-food group Fane Valley has acquired Silver Hill Foods, the Monaghan-based duck producer....

'Farmers need to ditch the 'underpaid whinging image'- BBC star tells Dublin conference

Farmers need to shed the image of being overworked and underpaid and become more business minded, BBC broadcaster and farmer Adam Henson told an Alltech conference in Dublin....

Agri students target a future in dairying

Dairy farming is the future for agriculture graduates in the south of the country, judging the mood among students at last week's open day in Clonakilty Agricultural College....

Farmers opt out of beans after 2018 'disaster'

Beans have the potential to be the most profitable crop tillage farmers could sow this spring, yet merchants have confirmed seed sales remain sluggish....

New scheme aims to put Donegal farmers in clover

Hardy cattle, broadleaf trees and plenty of clover could prove a winning combination for farmers and the environment in north Donegal, say the backers of a new initiative in the county....

Make digesters a priorty says climate report

A national strategy on anaerobic digestion should be developed as a priority, a new report has recommended....

City school takes the overall prize in national calf-rearing competition

Five students from Laurel Hill secondary school in the heart of Limerick City were announced as the overall winners of the 2019 Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition....

EU auditors raise concerns over supervision of organic imports and product traceability

The control system for organic products in the EU has improved in recent years, but challenges remain, according to a new report by the European Court of Auditors....

Why US growers are betting the farm on soybeans amid China trade war

US farmers are gearing up to plant what could be their third-largest soybean crop ever despite failing to sell a mountain of beans from their last harvest due to a U.S.-China trade war that remains unresolved....

Officials in Brussels to discuss 'potential bailouts' for agri-food sector

Senior officials from the Department of Agriculture were in Brussels yesterday meeting EU Commission representatives about potential bailouts for the sector in a worst-case scenario....

Robin Talbot: We had to about turn after turning out the calves

We have a simple rain gauge that someone got as a Christmas present standing in our garden which told us that we had more precipitation in the first five days of March than we had for the entire months of January and February....

Urgent action needed to curb dog attacks on sheep warn farm leaders

Centralised control of the microchipping database for dogs needs to be handed over to the Department of Agriculture, farm organisations have demanded following a spate of dog attacks on sheep flocks around the country....

Concerns over moves to cut TB outbreak compensation for farmers who don't act to reduce their disease risks

Concerns have been raised over moves to cut TB outbreak compensation for farmers who have not acted to reduce their disease risks, writes Louise Hogan....

Tariffs will mean Irish steaks are 25pc dearer in the UK

Devastating tariffs will mean that the price of Irish food for British consumers will skyrocket - forcing many to turn away from our produce....

Beef farming 'won't survive disastrous changes' - sector reacts to tariff regime threat

Threatened tariffs and import quotas in a cliff-edge Brexit would be 'disastrous' for beef farming....

Brexit crisis: ‘Beef farmers are on their knees already’

Edmund Graham, a beef farmer on the Border, is already counting the economic impact of Brexit....

Commission to quiz IFA over data sharing of farmers who opt out of paying levy

The Data Commission has confirmed it will meet the IFA over aspects of its levy collection system that allows the sharing of some farmers' data....

No protection, reduced standards and no guarantee of cheaper food, says Ulster farmers over no-deal tariff plans

The Ulster Farmers' Union has blasted proposals by the UK government to implement a free trade zone on Northern Ireland as giving no protection to the industry, potentially reducing food standards and providing no guarantee food will get cheaper....

South Tipp farm with substantial cattle facilities back on the market for €2m

A 175ac farm at Ballyvarra near Mullinahone in Co Tipperary, on the market for some time, has seen a flurry of interest of late....

Kevin Doyle: 'Northern Ireland will become "Bandit Country" if no-deal Brexit goes ahead'

THE road signs at the frictionless Irish border might as well say ‘Welcome to Bandit Country’ if a no-deal Brexit goes ahead....

Explainer: Why the UK's no-deal tariffs could be 'devastating' for Irish farmers

The UK government has published details of its temporary tariff regime that would be implemented in the case of a no-deal Brexit, which it says is designed to minimise costs to business and consumers while protecting vulnerable industries....

Calves being sold for as little as 50 cent as Brexit fallout hits home – Dáil told

Calves are being sold for just 50 cent as Ireland’s beef sector, already badly hit by low prices, now faces huge Brexit tariffs on its €1bn UK export market, the Fianna Fáil leader has told the Dáil....

Kevin Doyle: 'Northern Ireland will become "Bandit Country" if no-deal Brexit goes ahead'

THE road signs at the frictionless Irish border might as well say ‘Welcome to Bandit Country’ if a no-deal Brexit goes ahead....

Kerry announces a cut to its February milk price

Kerry Group has announced its base price for February milk supplies is 31c/L vat inclusive. Based on average February milk solids, the price return inclusive of vat and bonuses is 35.56c/L, according to a spokesperson for Kerry....

Boortmalt boss moots new approach on barley pricing

The MATIF pricing structure set for malting barley between Boortmalt and the IFA may not have been the right option, according to Boortmalt CEO Peter Nallen....

Calls for Data Commissioner probe into the IFA system for collecting levy

Farmers are calling for the Data Commissioner to investigate the IFA system of collecting levies....

UK government announces 'disastrous' no-deal tariffs on beef, dairy and lamb entering mainland UK

While the UK government will not introduce any new checks or controls on goods moving into Northern Ireland if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal, large tariffs will hit Ireland's agri-food trade with the rest of the UK....

Farmer who fronted McDonald's beef campaign moves into dairying

In his more than 20 years farming, Liam Delaney has done everything he knows how to do to make beef production work, inside and outside the farm gate and in terms of advocating for the sector....

Calves backlog rises as weather hits the trade

Trade for weaker Friesian calves remains poor due to large numbers and a weather-related shipping backlog....

Trials on hi-tech beef grading machines at advanced stage

A trial using digital cameras and LED lights as part of the mechanical grading system in meat factories is at an "advanced stage", it has been confirmed....

Martin Coughlan: Big kill figure keeps prices on the floor

Factory prices remain unchanged for the majority of farmers and feeders, with heifers on a €3.85/kg base and bullocks on €3.75/kg....

Capacity for 1,200 extra animals a week secured for Irish calf exporters in France

Irish calf exporters have received approval by the French Authorities for an increase in the holding capacity of one of the lairages at Cherbourg which facilitates the processing of animal exports to the EU....

Agri inputs rise by 5pc in January 2019

Agricultural price inputs have increased by 5.7pc in January 2019 compared to the same period last year, according to latest figures from the Central Statistics Office....

Michelin rolls out heavy duty, dual purpose tractor tyre

News likely to appeal to agricultural contractors and farmers alike is the announcement from Michelin that latest versions of its RoadBib tractor tyres are now available....

Concern a delay in new CAP will undermine low-income farmers

Farmers have raised concerns that the seemingly likely delay in the rollout of a new CAP will undermine low-income farmers....

Unfair Trading Practices Directive formally adopted by the EU

The Unfair Trading Practices Directive has been formally adopted by the European Parliament today....

Fleet Commands respect - Churchtown's Cheltenham prospect can add to long line of success stories from Cork

Churchtown in Cork is well known as the birthplace of the legendary trainer Vincent O'Brien. Many good horses have also hailed from here, the latest being Commander Of Fleet, who is a firm favourite for honours at next week's Cheltenham Festival for his owner Michael O'Leary and trainer Gordon Elliott....

New border roles spark fears of vet shortages

Farmers could face further difficulties in getting vets to call out to their farm as the Department of Agriculture's invitation to vets to register for Border Inspection Posts (BIP) with them as part of Brexit contingency planning could exacerbate the shortage of large-animal specialists....

Fears of wind and flood damage as Storm Gareth set to blow in at 130kmh

Storm Gareth is set to batter Ireland with wind speeds of up to 130kmh this afternoon, as coastal flooding and potential damage to property is feared....

Mike Brady: Why a business plan will give your farm a better chance of flourishing

The very mention of terms like 'cashflow', 'financial projections' or 'farm business plans' tends to immediately turn off most farmers....

Little time for farmers to deal with rainfall changes from global warming, study says

A radical decrease in greenhouse gas emissions is needed if farmers are to have time to prepare for major changes in rainfall that could decimate crops, researchers said in a report released on Monday....

Base milk price gap stretches to €12,000

The divergence in prices being paid by co-ops to milk suppliers has reached "unsustainable proportions", the ICMSA has warned....

IFA could face legal challenge on levy collection system

The IFA could face legal challenges to its levy collection system which identifies farmers opting out of the levy collected by meat processors, marts and co-ops on the association's behalf....

Irish, French farmers 'stand together'

Key Irish and French farming associations have strongly supported the EU27 position on Brexit....

Grocery prices rise as Brexit costs set to drive more increases

Grocery prices rose 1.5pc in the 12 weeks to February 24, and further increases are likely on foot of Brexit, according to market researchers Kantar Worldpanel....

Judge criticises fund's 'cavalier' attitude in €3.48m demand to woman over dairy farm lands

A High Court judge has criticised a fund's "cavalier" attitude in dealing with a woman whose company operates a dairy farm in Co Tipperary....

UK secures 'legally-binding' changes to Brexit deal after Theresa May makes last-minute dash to Strasbourg

The UK Government has secured "legally-binding" changes to the Brexit deal after Theresa May made a last-minute dash to Strasbourg for talks on the eve of a crucial vote in the House of Commons....

Glanbia holds February base milk price as co-op cuts support payment

Glanbia will pay its milk suppliers 31.5c/L (including VAT) for February manufacturing milk supplies at 3.6pc butterfat and 3.3pc protein, down from the 32c/L it paid for January milk....

€3.5m claims from landowners against ESB

The ESB is facing compensation claims for some €3.5m from property owners whose land is needed to run power cables for the national infrastructure....

Why the consumer is king for sheep farmers

The sheep industry must follow the consumer trend towards healthy eating by delivering lambs with lower fat scores....

New Claas Terra Trac system lands top prize for reducing shear-effect grass damage

The 2019 SIMA machinery exhibition is taking place in Paris this week. This is a huge event that usually attracts close to 300,000 visitors. The show has been bolstered by a growing Irish following in the last 10 or so years and for those who like their machinery gigs, they don't come much bigger than this one....

Root and branch overhaul of laws governing co-operatives on the way

The rules governing co-ops will be overhauled this year, as the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys brings forward legislation to bring them into the 21st century....

Mary Kinston: How to make the most of this spring's grass 'rocket fuel'

The busy spring workload has kicked in with cows calving left, right, and centre. This requires the daily sorting out of colostrum cows, fresh heifers, and treatments to finally create an ever growing mob of milker's. Some mornings seem to take an age to get finished....

Demand for Level 8 Ag Science courses jumps

The number of students applying for Ag Science Level 8 courses has jumped by 13pc, the latest figures from the CAO show....

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