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The Grass Week: keeping quality in grazing ground and fertilising second cuts
Martin Merrick
We are approaching the time of the year for grasses to head out, so it is also when grass quality can go downhill in grazing and silage swards.
 
 
IFA seeks overhaul of dairy beef scheme
IFA seeks overhaul of dairy beef scheme
IFA president Francie Gorman has called for a payment of €100 per calf for farmers rearing calves from the dairy herd.
Gardaí now able to identify tractors without insurance
Gardaí now able to identify tractors without insurance
In 2022, one in every 12 private vehicles was uninsured in Ireland.
Ireland can learn from New Zealand on carbon tax changes
Ireland can learn from New Zealand on carbon tax changes
With methane, there is no substitute for ruminant livestock, other than unacceptable destocking, writes Prof Gerry Boyle.
Smallest farms only produce 4% of sector's emissions
Smallest farms only produce 4% of sector's emissions
The Small Farm Survey flagged small farms as being important for agriculture's sustainability.
50,000 football fans fly in for Aviva fixture
50,000 football fans fly in for Aviva fixture
Summer arrives on cue for airports and Dublin does not have spare parking stands for a once-off influx.
PODCASTS
Watch: top prices from the ringside in Kilkenny
Watch: top prices from the ringside in Kilkenny
Shanon Kinahan takes a look at some of the highlights from the weekly cattle sale in Kilkenny Mart.
Sheep mart prices: live export activity boosts lamb prices
Sheep mart prices: live export activity boosts lamb prices
The interest from live exporters has occurred amid tight supplies and is fuelling increased competition among buyers.
Camera at the Mart: numbers falling but trade remains strong in Corrin
Camera at the Mart: numbers falling but trade remains strong in Corrin
Shanon Kinahan was in Cork Marts Corrin on Tuesday for its weekly cattle sale.
In pictures: lambs sell to €5/kg in Dowra Mart
In pictures: lambs sell to €5/kg in Dowra Mart
There was a lightning trade for lambs and hoggets, with competition boosted by live export buying and demand outstripping supplies.
The Grass Week: keeping quality in grazing ground and fertilising second cuts
The Grass Week: keeping quality in grazing ground and fertilising second cuts
We are approaching the time of the year for grasses to head out, so it is also when grass quality can go downhill in grazing and silage swards.
Dairy cull cow kill up 23,500 head in 2024
Dairy cull cow kill up 23,500 head in 2024
There were almost 115,000 dairy cull cows drafted for slaughter in the first four months of 2024, while the beef cull cow kill of over 42,000 head was steady with 2023 levels.
There’s a future for palm oil in the dairy supply chain SPONSORED
There’s a future for palm oil in the dairy supply chain
If not palm, then what? Understanding the complex story of sustainable palm and the vital role it plays in supporting global conservation efforts, local economies and the dairy supply chain.
Productivity increases best way to reduce livestock emissions - Mitloehner
Productivity increases best way to reduce livestock emissions - Mitloehner
Professor Frank Mitloehner outlined the top measures to reduce emissions from livestock farming globally.
Munster Bovine appoints chief executive
Munster Bovine appoints chief executive
With over 30 years' experience in the veterinary sector, Martin Kavanagh has been appointed as the new chief executive of Munster Bovine.
Best in the business in Balmoral
Best in the business in Balmoral
Shanon Kinahan takes a look back at all the cattle champions from the 155th Balmoral Show
In pictures: Brownhill Tara crowned champion Charolais in Balmoral
In pictures: Brownhill Tara crowned champion Charolais in Balmoral
Adam Woods reports form the Charolais ring at Balmoral Show.
Take steps to minimise aftereffects of wet winter on silage, farmers urgedSPONSORED
Take steps to minimise aftereffects of wet winter on silage, farmers urged
Heightened risks of soil and slurry contamination in first-cut grass silage after the wet winter will require extra vigilance with silage making this season, an expert is urging.
Irish beef sales in Britain still growingSPONSORED
Irish beef sales in Britain still growing
Bord Bia meat and organics market specialist Seán Deane reports that Irish beef sales in Britain continued to grow in the first two months of 2024, building on last year's strong performance.
Outpacing the field with the only non-stop baler, the Kverneland FastBaleSPONSORED
Outpacing the field with the only non-stop baler, the Kverneland FastBale
In Clogheen, Co Tipperary, Thomas Moloney, alongside his father Jim, has been steering the family business through the evolving landscape of Irish agriculture for over six decades.
How FRS fencing and DURA² helped transform our home and farmSPONSORED
How FRS fencing and DURA² helped transform our home and farm
DURA² fencing provided John Paul Bennett and his wife Laura with a durable and environmentally friendly fencing solution for their home and farm.
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UK inflation rate fall is good news
UK inflation rate fall is good news
Inflation falling to its lowest rate of increase in almost two years persuaded the UK prime minister to call an election.
Grain Trends: markets jump with weather news
Grain Trends: markets jump with weather news
Grain prices jumped this week, as concerns over weather and crop yields hit markets. Siobhán Walsh reports from the US this week.
Profits soar at Greencore
Profits soar at Greencore
Maker of convenience food sees the benefit of cost-cutting measures.
Profits jumped more than €200,000 at ICBF in 2023
Profits jumped more than €200,000 at ICBF in 2023
Income boosted by Brexit reserve money granted as part of the national genotyping programme.
Kuhn to display over 20 machines at Cereals
Kuhn to display over 20 machines at Cereals
Kuhn will showcase over 20 machines on its Cereals 2024 stand, including a debut for its Tineliner and Rowliner mechanical weeders.
SIP and John Deere grass demo day set for Clare
SIP and John Deere grass demo day set for Clare
John Deere dealership Geary’s Garage is set to host a working demonstration day with SIP and John Deere grassland equipment on Thursday 23 May.
Two farms hit the market in Louth
Two farms hit the market in Louth
Some of the land has been sown to a tillage crop while more is in grass, writes Paul Mooney.
€18,000/ac land near coast road in Waterford
€18,000/ac land near coast road in Waterford
The land is on the coast road, about 500m from the sea, and is in permanent pasture, writes Paul Mooney.
Good grazing land with bungalow in Limerick
Good grazing land with bungalow in Limerick
The 84ac holding in Gortboy has a farm road which runs through it, giving access to all fields, writes Paul Mooney.
Lack of cash hits on-farm construction
Lack of cash hits on-farm construction
A combination of atrocious weather, reduced cashflow and uncertainty around the nitrates derogation has stalled a major share of farm construction work.
Productivity increases best way to reduce livestock emissions - Mitloehner
Productivity increases best way to reduce livestock emissions - Mitloehner
Professor Frank Mitloehner outlined the top measures to reduce emissions from livestock farming globally.
Farming for Water potential to have ‘huge reach’
Farming for Water potential to have ‘huge reach’
Lead on Farming for Water Mairead Whitty, said the EIP needs to draw on relationships with the project’s many partners.
15-year renewables income available for farmers under new scheme
15-year renewables income available for farmers under new scheme
Details of the long-awaited Small-Scale Renewable Electricity Support Scheme were revealed and will allow farmers to build commercial wind and solar projects and receive support for 15 years.
Renewed focus on renewables at Balmoral
Renewed focus on renewables at Balmoral
There was a significant presence of renewable energy providers at this year’s Balmoral Show and, despite little grant aid available for farmers, interest was high writes Stephen Robb.
Supports needed for forestry replanting, Gleeson concedes
Supports needed for forestry replanting, Gleeson concedes
Department supremo insists that the legal requirement to replant forestry ground after harvesting will not be removed.
Putting land into forestry a ‘big leap’ for landowners - Department boss
Putting land into forestry a ‘big leap’ for landowners - Department boss
Brendan Gleeson said that it is “extremely unlikely” that the 8,000ha forestry target will be met, unless there is “an explosion in demand”.
News round-up from Northern Ireland
News round-up from Northern Ireland
Weekly round-up of news from the farming industry in Northern Ireland.
Dairy commodities on an upward trend
Dairy commodities on an upward trend
Dairy commodities saw butter and powder prices increasing at the GDT and Dutch auctions.
Property
Stunning 263ac island for sale for €1m in Kerry
There is access from the beach beside this Dingle Peninsula property, which has many potential uses, writes Paul Mooney.
Super Sunday of hurling drama
Super Sunday of hurling drama
So many permutations – the only pity is that so few games remain after the weekend fixtures, but the possibilities are endless, writes Denis Hurley.
Author John Connell: ‘the sheep make me feel a new-found sense of prosperity’
Author John Connell: ‘the sheep make me feel a new-found sense of prosperity’
In an extract from his number one best-seller, Twelve Sheep, farmer and writer John Connell reflects on returning to his rural roots.
Irish Horse: why now could be the perfect time to buy a racehorse
Irish Horse: why now could be the perfect time to buy a racehorse
There are signs that the market is slowing down with value to be had, writes Mark Costello.
Gardening with Gerry: branching out with ‘Red Robin’
Gardening with Gerry: branching out with ‘Red Robin’
If you’re looking to add some vibrant colour and year-round interest to your garden, the ‘Red Robin’ can tranform your outdoor space, writes Gerry Daly.