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UK grants emergency authorisation for sugar beet neonicotinoid
Stephen Robb
The UK government has approved the emergency authorisation of the neonicotinoid thiamethoxam to protect sugar beet crops against beet yellows virus, which is spread by aphids.
 
 
Kerry Group sets December milk price
Kerry Group follows Glanbia and Lakeland Dairies in increasing its milk base price for December 2021 milk supplied.
100 sheep attacked by ‘savage’ dogs in Meath
What are thought to be large dogs killed five ewes and a further three were euthanised soon after due to their neck wounds.
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Protecting livelihoods and improving animal transport standards - Billy Kelleher
This week, the European Parliament will debate a new set of recommendations drawn up by a Committee of Inquiry into the protection of animals during transport, of which Billy Kelleher is a member.
AHI and Teagasc CalfCare webinar supported by Volac
Due to COVID-19, the Animal Health Ireland (AHI) and Teagasc CalfCare on-farm events have now been cancelled. Instead, a calf-rearing webinar will be held on Tuesday 18 January at 7.30pm.
Farming's carbon reduction targets 'difficult but not unachievable' - O'Mara
Teagasc held its 88th Signpost webinar on Friday 15 December where farm sustainability was discussed.
IFA and gardaí team up for crime prevention webinar
The webinar will include practical ways for farmers to keep safe on the internet including how to safeguard children.
PODCASTS
Camera at the Mart: northern customers active for in-calf heifers in Elphin
Adam Woods was in Elphin Mart, Co Roscommon, for a special sale of 104 in-calf heifers last Friday night.
Camera at the Mart: Carnaross Mart kickstarts 2022 calf sales
Niamh Gunn attended the first calf sale of 2022 in Carnaross Mart last Monday. Check out the trade here.
Camera at the Mart: Thainstone averages over €1,400 at anniversary store sale
Over 1,200 cattle were sold at Aberdeen and Northern Marts as it marks 150 years of trading in Scotland.
Camera at the Mart: €6.44/kg at opening Roscrea cattle sale
This year’s opening show and sale in Roscrea was met with a phenomenal demand for heavily muscled stock.
Kerry Group sets December milk price
Kerry Group follows Glanbia and Lakeland Dairies in increasing its milk base price for December 2021 milk supplied.
Dairy Management: how to cut energy costs in 2022
With rising energy costs, such as electricity, oil and gas, Aidan Brennan has some advice for farmers about mitigating the worst of the effects.
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AHI and Teagasc CalfCare webinar supported by Volac
Due to COVID-19, the Animal Health Ireland (AHI) and Teagasc CalfCare on-farm events have now been cancelled. Instead, a calf-rearing webinar will be held on Tuesday 18 January at 7.30pm.
Vets have right to say no to out of hours calls – VCI
New codes of conduct from the Veterinary Council of Ireland will come into effect this month, with updates on emergency care and veterinary medicines.
Intensive efforts ongoing to resume beef exports to China
At last week’s Bord Bia Meat Market Seminar, the Department's Sinead McPhillips said that while efforts are ongoing, ultimately the decision remains a matter for the Chinese authorities.
New AHI chair is dairy farmer from Clare
Animal Health Ireland has appointed James Lynch as the new chair of the board.
Department should pay for extra TB testing – ICSA
The ICSA has made calls for the Department of Agriculture to pay for the cost of pre- or post-movement TB testing when cattle are purchased to be moved onto restricted holdings.
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Protecting livelihoods and improving animal transport standards - Billy Kelleher
This week, the European Parliament will debate a new set of recommendations drawn up by a Committee of Inquiry into the protection of animals during transport, of which Billy Kelleher is a member.
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How can dairy farmers save on electricity bills this year?
Dairy farmers face soaring electricity costs this year, with bimonthly power bills rising by up to 50% or higher after a series of price hikes by energy suppliers.
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AHI and Teagasc CalfCare webinar supported by Volac
Due to COVID-19, the Animal Health Ireland (AHI) and Teagasc CalfCare on-farm events have now been cancelled. Instead, a calf-rearing webinar will be held on Tuesday 18 January at 7.30pm.
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Watch: father and son operation cultivates a better future
Maurice Cogan and his son Robert had been beef and tillage farming for many years, but when they started to plan for the future they realised that dairy farming was where they wanted to take the farm.
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Low-cost loans for farmers extended - Varadkar
Agricultural primary producers can continue to secure credit to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on their businesses, according to Tánaiste Leo Varadkar.
World beef production forecast at 58.2m tonnes in 2022
Slightly more beef to be available for global trade in 2022, according to the latest USDA FAS forecast.
Krone turnover increased by over 11% last year
Despite the trials and tribulations endured across 2020 and 2021, Krone’s agricultural machinery division has reported a turnover increase of 11.1%.
Dairy Trends: no big retail milk price increases just yet - supply still tight
Tight milk supplies and farmgate milk price rises have not yet turned into retail price rises.
In pictures: Cheffins to host timed online auction of tidy contractor kit
Cheffins will host an online timed auction running from 26 January to 31 January. With over 80 lots booked, machines will include tractors, grass and muck equipment as well as plant machinery
Krone turnover increased by over 11% last year
Despite the trials and tribulations endured across 2020 and 2021, Krone’s agricultural machinery division has reported a turnover increase of 11.1%.
Templetuohy Farm Machinery appointed as agent for Lucas equipment
Templetuohy Farm Machinery have been appointed as agents for Lucas bale feeders and straw blowers.
Westfield Aubracs set for full dispersal
The herd, established 25 years ago, offer breeders a super opportunity to acquire top bloodlines.
Mid-Cork farm proves appealing
Demand for residential farms in the Cork area finished on a high late last year and has continued in a similar vein in early 2022.
Half a million for quality bog holding
An 85 acre property consisting of bog and forestry has recently come on the market in Co Westmeath.
Bandon valley farm holds many trump cards
A 58ac residential farm that holds a lot of aces, some of them hidden, is creating a stir in the Bandon valley.
Farm building activity in 2022 a ‘crystal ball job’
Sheeting prices are forecast to rise further in early 2022 but some in the sector say the cost increases for other materials are beginning to level out.
Allow horticultural peat harvesting on sub-30ha plots - report
A report released by the Government has recommended that the use of peat as a medium for growing fruits and vegetables should be ceased by 2030.
‘We must move beyond the divisive nature of the climate debate’ - IFA
Speaking to members of the Oireachtas, IFA deputy president Brian Rushe said agriculture's emission reduction targets will be an enormous challenge.
Over 70 cases of illegal tree felling reported to Department
"Reports of alleged illegal tree felling are a matter that the Department takes very seriously."
Minister Hackett to create citizens’ assembly panel for future forestry strategy
The plan is to use a citizens’ assembly-type panel to gather feedback on the development of a new forest strategy for the country.
UFU ‘deeply concerned’ over cut in production at Moy Park
UFU deputy president William Irvine said that members are extremely disappointed and worried about Moy Park pulling back on production.
News roundup from Northern Ireland
Weekly roundup of news from across the farming industry in Northern Ireland.
Scottish Prices: English cattle price jumps ahead of Scottish trade
Cattle in some English abattoirs are getting more than the Scotch equivalent.
Five new climate change projects launched
The Government has allocated £170,000 on new projects to reduce emissions and tackle climate change in agriculture.
Life
DIY: how to convert a picture frame into an eco-friendly notice board
Avid to-do list writer, but annoyed by all the papers lying around or looking for a more sustainable way to make your lists? Ilka Denker shows you how to upcycle a picture frame into a notice board.
A family escape to the Amalfi Coast
Liam Clancy banishes the January blues with a sun-soaked account of his family holiday to an ‘agriturismo’ on Italy’s famous Amalfi Coast.
Climate Conversations: taking action on household food waste
One of the goals in the government’s Climate Action Plan 2021 is to reduce food waste by 50%. But where does the average citizen begin to make an impact?
How much meat is too much meat?
We can argue up and down and over and back but we are never going to agree on everything. No, this is not religion or politics, Amii McKeever is talking about our diet.
Katherine’s Country: preparing for spring
Executing a plan is far easier than trying to firefight and get through tasks without rhyme or reason. This time of year is the time to plan for the busy season and keep the stress levels controlled