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This week in photos: harvest 2022 and Thrive open day
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Our top photos from the past week include some of the action from a rapid harvest progress, an egg producer in Monaghan and the scenes at Thrive open day, where the future of dairy beef is discussed.
 
 
Drought affecting maize yields in EU and US
Maize is one crop that Irish farmers always keep an eye on when it comes to grain price. Drought is affecting the crop this season.
Liquid milk producers have to be rewarded – NDC boss
It would be a "real shame" if Ireland lost its fresh milk market, Zoe Kavanagh of the NDC has said.
Decade of change ahead for farming - McConalogue
There is no measure or policy that will be forced upon farm families, the minister said at the opening of Tullamore Show.
Cities responsible for over 70% of global emissions
The European Commission sees urban farming and urban forestation as a means of reducing emissions from European cities.
Public urged to be conscious of dangers posed by fire amid warning
The NPWS will monitor parks by helicopter in a bid to reduce the incidence of wildfires over the coming days.
Letter highlighting the need to provide assistance to Ukrainian farmers
"Support Ukraine: Kiev Calling" - Brendan Dunleavy, B.Agr.Sc. (Hons), Killeshandra, Co Cavan.
In pictures: high clearance and prices for heavy stock in Ballinrobe
Martin Merrick reports from Ballinrobe Mart, Co Mayo, where heavy cattle were a real solid trade.
Camera at the Mart: €2,100 for sale topper in Kanturk weanling show
Weanling numbers were back a fraction, but the overall number of stock was up in comparison with previous early August sales in the north Cork venue.
Sheep mart prices: lamb prices increase by €4 to €10/head
The scale of the increase is influenced by the extent of the reduction in recent weeks, with markets adjusting to improved demand and prices rebounding.
PODCASTS
Liquid milk producers have to be rewarded – NDC boss
It would be a "real shame" if Ireland lost its fresh milk market, Zoe Kavanagh of the NDC has said.
Agri jobs: English 450-cow dairy farm seeks Irish worker
A number of roles have become available on dairy farms in both Ireland and the UK.
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Thrive: open day summary and booklet
Over 2,000 people attended the Thrive dairy calf-to-beef open day on Tuesday. Declan Marren outlines some of the key messages from the day.
Local vet criticises sheep shower operators
Scab is caused by mites, and the dip from shower units does not reach all parts of the sheep.
Kingdom farmers take the Kerry honours
Aidan Brennan reports on the winners of the Kerry Agribusiness milk quality and sustainability awards.
Tough sheep are more labour efficient, says vet
There are various measures of efficiency on sheep farms, from lambs weaned per ewe, to kilos of lamb sold per hectare.
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Kingdom farmers take the Kerry honours
Aidan Brennan reports on the winners of the Kerry Agribusiness milk quality and sustainability awards.
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August reseeding can produce up to 1t more grass the following spring
On-farm trials carried out by DLF over the last two years show that swards sown in August will produce up to 1t more grass the following spring than those sown in September.
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Terra Range: 25% less nitrogen used in Galway grazing trial
The Terra Range presents a wonderful opportunity to meet climate change targets by lowering N application, while maintaining high output of both grass and grain.
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Plant breeding – the ‘master key’ for the future of crop production
The importance of plant breeding and seed selection is of paramount significance in how modern day agriculture operates.
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US exports €1bn of beef in June
High level of US beef exports continued in June, with a record for half-year, but pigmeat exports fall back as demand from China halves.
FAO food price index falls again
FAO food price index falls again, but levels still remain well ahead of where they were this time last year.
Meat alternatives have lower environmental impact – Oxford study
New research is a step closer to labelling food for environmental impact. Anne Finnegan examines the findings.
Farmer stamp duty relief measures under review
Department of Finance officials are reviewing farmer stamp duty relief measures ahead of Budget 2023, the Irish Farmers Journal can reveal.
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Maintaining milk yield and fertility with GAIN Lactation Sustainer
Paul Flaherty farms full-time on his 52ha farm, his autumn-calving herd of 85 predominantly Friesian x Holstein cows are fed on a grass-based system and supplemented with the GAIN Dairy Feed range.
Lemken expands mechanical weeders for ridges
The Lemken-owned mechanical weeding brand Steketee has recently introduced the EC-Ridger for weed control in ridged crops such as potatoes, and carrots.
Cheffins to host major machinery auction for contractor destined for New Zealand
Cheffins will be disposing of the machinery belonging to contractors Haywood Farms ahead of their move to New Zealand.
Over 52,000ha of straw going through the chopper
Peter Thomas Keaveney takes a look at good practices surrounding straw incorporation and speaks to two farmers using different types of machines to carry out the job.
Watch: supreme Texel champion tops Blessington at €13,000
There were more than 400 sheep shown and offered for sale in Blessington this Saturday at the Irish Texel Sheep Society’s premier show and sale.
House and equestrian yard in Co Dublin
The compact property has peace and privacy but is on the edge of the busy city.
29.48ac on Lough Derg in Tipperary
The good-quality grassland lies in two main fields and runs down to the shore of the lake.
76ac farm with forestry on offer in Clare
The land is on the main road and is made up of 47ac of grassland and 28ac in forestry.
New parlour halves milking time for Carlow farmer
A new 20-unit parlour has more than halved the milking time for Niall Maloney.
Improving beef farm sustainability
Teagasc has released a checklist and guide to help to improve sustainability on beef farms, which can help the environment and farm profit.
Cities responsible for over 70% of global emissions
The European Commission sees urban farming and urban forestation as a means of reducing emissions from European cities.
New forestry programme must learn from its predecessor
The next plan needs to be innovative and carbon-driven, but not a carbon copy of the under-performing old programme.
New forestry plan laudable but lacks detail
Forestry Programme (2023-2027) needs to be aligned to CAP, simplified to attract farmers and quantified in relation to support measures and carbon trading.
UK pig herd in a sharp decline
Sow numbers across the UK are down by around 15%, anaylsis by AHDB suggests.
News round-up: diesel prices and Holstein bull index
Weekly round-up of news from the farming industry in Northern Ireland.
NI shows complete first year since COVID
The two-year interruption affected local shows financially, although a £200,000 aid package from DAERA has been well received.
Northern View: tight cattle numbers keeps trade steady
Prices paid for prime cattle in NI are largely unchanged from the previous week.
Life
Behind the scenes of the summer shows: Joan Widger of Clonmel Agri Show
With the return of summer shows, our new series goes behind the scenes with the dedicated volunteers; starting with Joan Widger of Clonmel Agricultural Show. In conversation with Niamh Gunn.
Sport grieves for Dillon Quirke
Dillon Quirke's death is a tragedy felt throughout the country, but his memory will live on.
The stage to the screen and beyond with actor Stephen O’Leary
Stephen O’Leary always enjoyed acting, but never saw it as a career. Now, from the stage to the screen and a feature film on the horizon, his star is certainly on the rise.
Steps to success: remember to breathe
Careers columnist and entrepreneur Caroline Murphy discusses the importance of taking a break and being present during times away from work.
Style File: Lynn Haughton of The Upcycle Movement
Re-designer Lynn Haughton talks to Maria Moynihan about the real cost of fast fashion, her upcycled accessories range and how to look stylish without costing the earth.