Friesian bulls hit the high seas, as a very positive change in the weather lifts all boats

The change in the weather earlier this week was about as welcome as Conor McGregor at the St Patrick’s Day parade in Chicago on Sunday.

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Legal advice for farmers: Appeal Court verdict of interest for farmers

In a recent case, the Court of Appeal in Ireland overturned a 2012 High Court judgment which had ordered a man, who had been left the family pub business from his ...

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146-acre West Cork farm offers varied possibilities

One of the largest farms to hit the market in Co Cork this year so far is for sale with Dunmanway-based auctioneers Lehanes & Associates.

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Teams from 13 countries to take part in European Ploughing Championships in Wexford

Stephen Cadogan The 36th European Ploughing Championships will take place in Springpark, Ballinaboola, Co Wexford on Saturday and Sunday, March 30 and 31.

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Cormac MacConnell: It’s an ill wind that blows no good...

The Gael Warning I accurately issued last week can be downgraded somewhat by now, thank heavens.

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How Article 50 filibuster could plunge us into no-deal smugglers’ paradise

Richard Halleron The board members of Lakeland Dairies and the other southern co-ops that draw milk across the border from Northern Ireland for processing will hope ...

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Different Times: Flooding at the Lee Fields

This week’s picture from our archives shows an angler being rescued from floods at the Lee Fields, Cork in April, 1928.

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When word of mouth can damage your reputation

My neighbour is telling anyone who will listen that my bull is infertile, because his cows aren’t in calf yet.

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Lovely area except for the local cattle

I met a lady in Cookie O’Callaghan’s Saturday night who had a crow to pluck with me.

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Solar and LED grants for all farming sectors

Agriculture Minister Michael Creed has announced grant aid for solar panels and LED lighting on all farms.

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Only 50% donkeys for 2020 ANC

From 2020, only 50% of the stocking density requirement can be fulfilled using donkeys, in the Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) scheme.

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Say cheers to a craft brewery on a hilltop farm in rural Clare

Trish Flanagan The Western Herd Brewery at Kilmaley, outside Ennis, is located on a farm, in the family for eight generations

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Macra paved the way for newly funded ‘Big Hello’

Macra has welcomed the announcement by Rural and Community Development Minister Michael Ring that €10,000 is to be made available to each of the 31 local authorities, ...

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42-acre farm near Adare guided at €18,000 per acre

Adare is a name that catches the attention. It’s one of Ireland’s most admired towns, featuring a main street that is literally as pretty as a postcard, ...

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February beef intake increased 26% in six years

The continued strong supply of cattle to factories is weighing heavily on the ability of finishers to put any pressure on processors to lift prices, which remain ...

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Too late to act if cows are thin or butterfat is low

Buffer feeding simply means filling the feed gap between the energy requirement of a cow and the energy consumed by her in grazed grass. If there is a deficit, the ...

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ICMSA: Co-ops stretching farmer loyalty to limit

Farmers’ loyalty to their local co-ops is being severely tested by the widening gap between the best and worst prices offered for milk supplies, said ICMSA ...

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Ask yourself the farm safety questions: Can you do better?

Last year was an improved one in terms of farm fatalities.

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The poor Friesian bull calf is like ‘nobody’s child’ in the marts

A farmer warned me earlier this week that I should make sure all outhouses and sheds were locked up tightly every night. “Don’t wake up one morning to ...

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Batten the hatches, keep out of the water

This is a Gael Warning.

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EU tests in humans and livestock confirm rising AMR

One of the worrying trends in antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is that medicines to treat diseases transmissable between animals and humans, such as campylobacteriosis ...

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Commitment to increase trails in the Walks Scheme

Payments are made to about 1,900 landholders to maintain 39 recreational walking trails around the country, and the Department of Rural and Community Development ...

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How American farmers plant 30% more acres

The peak crop-planting season is under way in the United States, and farmers have found a technologically advanced way to plant 30% more acres per hour or per day.

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Don’t rely on good faith in contract rearing

Contract rearing of replacement heifers is an arrangement where a dairy farmer enters into a contract with another farmer for the replacement stock to be reared ...

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Farmers have expenses too. And they may be tax deductible

The rise in the number of farming companies over recent years has made the issue of mileage and subsistence much more relevant for farmers, writes Kieran Coughlan

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Rendering bottleneck is latest Brexit scare

The EU Commission has been warned of problems looming for rendering companies in the EU-27 which have been shipping Category I Meat and Bone Meal to the UK for incineration. ...

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Dairy markets boosted by GDT result

New Zealand’s third warmest summer ever is a growing factor in rising dairy markets which may help to ease Irish milk producers’ Brexit worries.

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Many times burned, now shy, after sobering adventures in calf buying

When reporting on the subject of mart prices, and specifically the Friesian bull calf at the marts, I suppose I am fairly biased.

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€1.8m guide price for Cashel grass farm

Cashel Marts had a number of successful public auctions last year, but are currently offering a large grass farm in South Tipperary by private treaty.

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Fake food news is unwanted but serious distraction

The effects of fake food news could be as bad as the measles outbreaks in recent years caused by people not trusting vaccines, says EU Commissioner for Health and ...

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Where next for organic food?

Where to now and next for organic food? This is the question Maartje van den Berg, Rabobank’s senior analyst for consumer foods, has focused upon following ...

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€50-60m initially for farmers in Future Growth Loans

The Department of Agriculture has issued further details of the Future Growth Loan Scheme, and said announcements will be made shortly, and that it will be launched ...

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Scientists map bees throughout Europe

Scientists have mapped distribution of bumblebees in Europe.

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Oral distraction device lets cattle know who’s boss

The Easy Boss E oral distraction device for safer cattle handling has been introduced north of the border.

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Cost of my beef €5.38, my selling price is €3.70-€3.80

Award-winning beef farmer Gerard Dineen on why there is a lot of despair among beef farmers right now

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Cross-party support for struggling cattle farms

Specialist beef farmers received strong cross-party backing at last week’s Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine, with several TDs and senators ...

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Farm View: Predictions of likely events this month as Brexit looms

It’s a month to Brexit, but the UK and EU armies of negotiators are already camped on the cliff edge.

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Celtic donkey will have the last laugh

I sold a blast of bullocks at Macroom mart on Saturday, in an attempt to keep the wolf from the door. And with my business done, I went to a nearby bar in order ...

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Dutch dairy cull reduces phosphate output

A huge national dairy herd cull in the Netherlands since 2016 has brought the country’s runaway phosphate production from livestock manure under control.

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Key factors in getting the VAT rate right

Revenue have this week announced a delay in the planned increase in VAT rate from 0% to 23% in respect of certain food supplements such as vitamins, minerals, fish ...

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Farm near Limerick Racecourse on track for big offers

A 95-acre farm for sale near Limerick City with Newcastle West-based auctioneer Tom Ruddle comes from a fascinating history that has been entwined with British rule ...

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Tenders to decide value of farm in Ovens

There’s a strong zone of agricultural land on the edge of the newly-extended Cork City boundary. In the last couple of years, some parcels of this land have ...

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Essential guide on how to optimise early lactation in your herd

The recent period of mild weather has given farmers an extra pep in their step, writes Seamus Callanan

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Wellies: Your best bet, whatever the weather

It has been milder and brighter along the banks of the Shannon in Killaloe at the start of February’s final week than it was for long stretches of many of ...

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Talamh Beo ‘to get public involved’

Talamh Beo, a new organisation in Ireland that “represents the interests and defends the livelihoods of people producing food, fuel and fibre using sustainable ...

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Gillian Beasley all set to represent ICA at Cork heats of Rose of Tralee

Gillian Beasley, competing for Ballinora Guild, won the Cailín contest last Saturday night and now goes forward to represent ICA in the Cork heat of the Rose ...

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Irish second for RDP drawdown

Ireland is second in drawing down rural development (RDP) programme funds — with only Finland drawing down more, stated Department of Agriculture, Food and ...

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Main checks to be aware of once UK exits the EU

Department outlines live animal import-export rules

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AgTech conference to offer insights on future of farming

The future role of technology agri-business is to be discussed in depth at ‘AgTech – The Future of Sustainable Agricultural Business’ in Fota Island ...

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Scientists say farmers can cut 8% of global carbon emissions

The world’s agriculture can cut annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by about 3.9 Gigatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents by 2050, says the Joint Research ...

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