Listen: Farm Tech Talk - The Livestock Show
Early December and the Food Vision report has just been published, while scheme deadlines for ACRES and organics are approaching next week.
Q&A: Sheep Improvement Scheme
The Department of Agriculture has published a list of the most commonly asked questions and answers for the new scheme ahead of the closing date of 19 December 2022.
Farm orgs need to come forward with climate plan – CCAC
Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC) chair Marie Donnelly says farm organisations need to put forward their own measures to reduce emissions and stop just saying no to plans.
Sustainability credentials a ‘licence to supply’ dairy buyers
Buyers of Irish dairy want to see the metrics from programmes designed to reduce farm emissions.
Farm-level carbon emissions to be measured on new platform
Teagasc, along with the Department, ICBF and Bord Bia, has launched a new platform which will allow for whole-farm sustainability assessments and the counting of carbon emissions and removals.
Cow kill hits 20-year high as factories scramble for cattle
Last week’s cow kill was the highest weekly throughput of cows in over 20 years, with numbers boosted by culling in an expanding dairy herd and a continued decline in the suckler herd.
Camera at the Mart: record entries and prices at Kanturk
Kanturk Mart hosted its largest ever fat stock show and sale this week and trade was on fire.
Camera at the Mart: big jump in numbers in Tuam Mart
There were 1,300 lambs and over 200 cull ewes on offer, with a vibrant trade in recent weeks and keen demand from factory agents enticing more farmers to show sheep live.
Sheep mart prices: higher prices enticing numbers to marts
Many mart managers reported an unexpected increase in the number of sheep on offer, with some producers taking advantage of a vibrant trade and opting to show sheep live.
Thrive weekly roundup: picture report of finished cattle and Friesian bull query
The dairy-beef programme roundup this week includes an in-picture slaughter report from the demo farm and deals with a common query on the lack of Friesian bulls in the Thrive programme.
Phosphorus use to be restricted on thousands of farms
New rules in the nitrates directive mean that thousands of farmers will have to submit soil sample results in order to get a phosphorus allowance in 2023.
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Legacy of Transformula evident in second-lactation Ottawa cows
A top-performing Holstein herd is reaping the benefits of its calf rearing programme three years on with heifer replacements now in the milking herd.
Attorney General torpedoes veterinary medicines changes
The legal view has also scuppered the proposed introduction of a national database for fertiliser sales.
ICSA refuses to back new TB testing requirements
ICSA animal health and welfare chair Hugh Farrell has called on Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue to clarify who will pay for additional TB testing requirements.
Beef Management: calf creep hygiene and finishing cattle costs
This week’s beef management notes look at the importance of hygiene in the calf creep area while we outline the need for finishing stock to be performing every day during the final feeding phase.
February timeline for tighter TB-related movement restrictions
Cows and males aged over 36 months moving farm-to-farm or through a mart face new testing requirements if not TB tested in the last six months and left a holding that has tested in the last six months
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Dial before you dig yourself into a hole
14,617km of pipelines transport natural gas to hospitals, schools, homes and businesses 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This network of pipelines is hidden underground across the country.
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Tipperary contractor swears by McConnel Power Arm
Paul Farrell is a first-generation agricultural contractor, based near Clerihan, Clonmel, Co Tipperary. He started his business in 2008 after many years of working for a local contractor.
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Dial before you dig a must for Kilkenny farmer
Natural gas is highly flammable so damaging a gas pipeline can cause major disruption, property damage, serious injury or even death.
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Legacy of Transformula evident in second-lactation Ottawa cows
A top-performing Holstein herd is reaping the benefits of its calf rearing programme three years on with heifer replacements now in the milking herd.
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Supermarkets should stock more organic and local produce - CCAC
Chair of the Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC) Marie Donnelly says farmers need to be rewarded more for sustainable production.
Kerry Co-op CEO to depart next year
Thomas Hunter McGowan said that is has been a privilege to lead the co-op for over five years.
Positive mood music doesn’t solve Brexit problem
EU response to UK legislation on NI Protocol was an inevitable political response, but negotiations will continue.
Greencore full-year results show strong growth in profits
Company is less optimistic about the outlook for 2023
CNH Industrial ceases sale of construction equipment in China
CNH Industrial has just announced that it will cease the sale of its construction equipment in China, effective from 31 December 2022.
Green diesel prices drop by up to 30c/l in three weeks
A reduced demand in China coupled with a strengthening of the euro against the dollar has seen green diesel prices drop by as much as 30c/l in three weeks, write Peter Thomas Keaveney Gary Abbott.
JCB brings competition to the compact telescopic loader market
JCB has added the 514-40 to its Loadall range, its smallest telescopic handler manufactured to date with a height of just 1.8m and width of 1.56m.
Coolcran and Lisglass lead the way at Northern Ireland Simmental calf show
Shanon Kinahan reports from the second four-breed calf show which took place last Saturday 26 November at Dungannon, where Coolcran and Lisglass Simmentals both came out on top.
34.2ac in Galway for online auction
The land is at Maam East and will be offered in three lots, two suited for grazing, one suited for silage and grazing.
Neighbours team up to buy farm
Laois auctioneer held number of successful farmland auctions in recent weeks.
Former dairy farm for sale in Cavan
This c90ac residential farm is in a traditional dairy area, is in one block and has many good features.
Ramping up soiled water storage for 2023
Storage requirements for soiled water is set to double in the next two to three years.
Supermarkets should stock more organic and local produce - CCAC
Chair of the Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC) Marie Donnelly says farmers need to be rewarded more for sustainable production.
Climate plan should be short and backed with funding - CCAC
Government is expected to launch its climate action plan for 2023 in the coming weeks and the Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC) has called for it to be shorter and more targeted than before.
Coillte and Gresham House get Dáil airing
While a tie-up between the State forestry agency and the British investment house has not been officially confirmed by either party, there are plenty of straws in the wind regarding a mooted deal.
Forestry: spoilt for species choice
Close to 40 tree species are grant-aided in Ireland, but forest owners should narrow the list down considerably, advises Donal Magner.
NI round-up: record cattle kill, tier 2 letter and safety risks
Weekly round-up of news from across the farming industry in Northern Ireland.
Fat lamb prices rise to 560p/kg
Demand for fat lambs remains solid and prices have increased to 560p/kg for the main run of animals sold direct for slaughter.
NI milk prices 5p/l behind ROI
Official milk prices show that farmers in NI have received significantly less for milk than counterparts in ROI over the last 12 months.
Complications with bird flu vaccine rollout
Vaccinating for bird flu could have implications for international trade as it is unclear how it would affect the UK’s official avian influenza disease status.
Life
Sprinkling magic through the post
The need to connect during COVID provided the catalyst for Laura Dempsey’s Pickled Pom Pom cards; designed with love, care and a sprinkle of magic on a family sheep farm, writes Maria Moynihan
Five spots to see Santa this Christmas
The main man himself will be making an appearance in various locations around Ireland before delivering presents to the world. Naomi Hamilton-O’Donnell has a roundup of Santa experiences.
From agriculture to aristocracy, meet the "accidental duchess"
Farmer’s daughter turned accidental duchess, Emma Manners, has written a book detailing her extraordinary journey, writes Maria Moynihan.
Entertaining at home: the perfect time to host a holiday brunch
If you're planning to entertain over the festive season, why not host a brunch? Neven Maguire shares some of his favourite eggy recipes for wowing guests.
The perfect cuppa for your holiday brunch
When it comes to festive brunches, these Irish coffee roasteries have created the perfect accompaniment, writes Janine Kennedy.