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Sheep
Sheep price update: brighter-looking start to this week’s trade
Darren Carty
Kildare Chilling moved to reverse half of last week’s price pull on Monday morning and increased its quote by 20c/kg to a base of €6.70/kg plus its 10c/kg quality assurance bonus.
 
 
Plan needed to avoid ‘potential cash flow problems’ – IFA
All sectors will be hit with significant increases in input expenditure that will erode 2022 margins and need to be planned for, the IFA has said.
Irish genetics to the fore in first White Gold sale in Carlisle
Adam Woods has the latest from the first White Gold sale of females in Carlisle at the weekend.
Plan needed to avoid ‘potential cash flow problems’ – IFA
All sectors will be hit with significant increases in input expenditure that will erode 2022 margins and need to be planned for, the IFA has said.
Woulfe pours more pessimism on fertiliser outlook
Grassland Agro has imported about 35% less fertiliser compared to the same time last year.
IFA to host dairy calf webinar
The importance of early management of calves and the future of dairy beef systems are some of the topics that will be discussed on the night.
PODCASTS
Beef prices: cow beef is flavour of the month
Adam Woods has the latest on this week’s beef trade, including factory quotes for finished animals.
Watch: suck calves top €630 in Carrigallen
Niamh Gunn attended Carrigallen Mart last Saturday for its weekly suck calf sale. Check out the trade here.
In pictures: easier trade in Blessington
Niamh Gunn was in Blessington Mart on Tuesday to check out the sheep trade.
Camera at the Mart: record January numbers at Kilkenny Mart
Numbers hit record highs with demand proving as strong for the first lot as the last
Dairy management: preventing milk fever this spring
Aidan Brennan has some tips for farmers hoping to avoid milk fever in freshly calved cows this spring.
Meath students put mixed species swards to test
Two transition year students put the mixed species versus traditional sward debate to the test as part of the BT Young Scientist exhibition.
Historic election as VCI president and deputy president filled by two females
The incoming president and deputy president were appointed, following an uncontested election, by members of the veterinary council.
Need for beef changes goes beyond farm gate
Dr Paul Crosson from Teagasc Grange confirms that young bull beef systems have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions per kg of beef carcase by up to 32% when compared to steer beef.
ABP launches Advantage Beef scheme
Adam Woods has all the details on the new ABP advantage beef programme and what farmers need to know about it.
Magan bows out of animal health
Longford dairy farmer Mike Magan speaks honestly and openly to Jack Kennedy about his tenure as chairman of Animal Health Ireland.
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Calf rearers advised to consider milk quality and feeding level for pre-weaning
Getting pre-weaning nutrition right must be a priority to get the best possible results from calf rearing.
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Win a Kverneland Disc Spreader and save thousands!!!
To kick off 2022 and to provide some relief to farmers struggling with fertiliser costs, Kverneland Group Ireland is hosting a competition to win a Kverneland Exacta CL 2,000l capacity Disc Spreader.
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Cow Start the next generation in fresh cow supplementation
Owen and Conor Galvin milk 450 cows with their father Gerry just outside the village of Finuge, Co Kerry.
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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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Permanent TSB joins Brexit Impact Loan Scheme for farmers
Over €330m in lending is available to business owners, including farmers, who have been affected by Brexit.
Kerry Group opens new facility in Saudi Arabia
The new facility opened by Kerry Group in Saudi Arabia comes in response to growing consumer demand in the region.
Another impact assessment shows loss from Green Deal
A report from Wageningen University shows the consequences of EU Green Deal policy, with loss of production, increased prices and demand on land outside Europe.
Glanbia Co-op finalises funding for Glanbia Ireland buy-out
Glanbia Co-op has now reduced its holding in Glanbia plc from approx 32.4% prior to the Christmas vote down to 30.5%.
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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.
Information sought on stolen quad in Cork
The quad was stolen from a secure yard between Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Online machinery auction to take place Saturday
Hennessy Auctioneers is set to hosts its first monthly online machinery auction of 2022 this Saturday 22 January. A selection of tidy used tractors are catalogued.
New 10t ‘rubber duck’ from Doosan
With a new-look design and four-wheel steering, Doosan has just unveiled a new DX100W-7 10.7t wheeled excavator.
Irish genetics to the fore in first White Gold sale in Carlisle
Adam Woods has the latest from the first White Gold sale of females in Carlisle at the weekend.
Super land in the shadow of Slievenamon
A 36ac farm between Fethard and Mullinahone is attracting strong interest despite its recent arrival to the market.
Significant forestry offering in the Premier County
A circa-73ac forestry plantation has come on the market south of the M8 motorway in Tipperary.
Plenty of interest in 33ac parcel in Tipp
The land on an elevated site over the M8 motorway on the outskirts of Cashel is expected to garner plenty interest.
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.
Tipperary has highest level of hedge-cutting prosecutions
Just six counties have shared over half of all illegal hedgecutting prosecutions between them since 2011.
Europe likely to suggest changes to CAP eco schemes
The European Commission has commenced the task of assessing the CAP strategic plans submitted by member states, says Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski.
Frost scheme for damaged forests should include those planted since 2015 – IFA
A new scheme has been made available to forest owners whose plantations were affected by major frost events which damaged young trees.
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."
DAERA clarifies suckler headage scheme rules
The proposed scheme comes with conditions around age at first calving and calving interval.
Farming should be with nature – UFU
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has come forward with proposals for a “Farming with Nature” programme that aims to improve farm incomes and environmental sustainability.
Scottish Prices: beef steady in Scotland as hogget trades softens
Scottish R grading steers are getting paid less than those in northern England.
Scottish Prices: English cattle price jumps ahead of Scottish trade
Cattle in some English abattoirs are getting more than the Scotch equivalent.
Life
DIY: how to give your denims a make-over
Do you have denims that you never wear because you feel like there is something not quite ‘right’ about them? Ilka Denker talks to denim make-over queen Aisling O’Mara for some inspiration.
Sport: Galway not to be written off this early
The days of back-door revival are gone, but we predict a team’s championship performance based on these early-door games, writes Denis Hurley.
From farm fields to international audiences
Folk singer Emer Dunne started off singing on the family farm for the cows, but it wasn’t long before she moved on to international audiences, writes Anne O’Donoghue
Epic ambition
Helen Sharp chats to Emma McCabe, the powerhouse behind the trailblazing equine marketing company, Epic Management.
The Front Row: no End(game) in sight for Les Mis viewings
After getting to see Endgame in the Abbey Theatre recently, Leo Powell is looking forward to rewatching Les Misérables in the Bord Gáis this year too.