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15-year renewables income available for farmers under new scheme
Stephen Robb
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.
 
 
GDT rises to highest level in 19 months
GDT rises to highest level in 19 months
The previous GDT auction held on 7 May also witnessed an increase in the price index.
Thunder warnings in place as flash floods expected
Thunder warnings in place as flash floods expected
The southeast is forecast to see the heaviest downpours, with five counties under a status orange thunder warning.
Take steps to minimise aftereffects of wet winter on silage, farmers urged SPONSORED
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.
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.
Lightsource BP to hold event on planned 182ac Meath solar and battery project
Lightsource BP to hold event on planned 182ac Meath solar and battery project
The solar farm developer is set to hold a community information event on 22 May on a proposed 182ac solar farm and battery storage in Co Meath.
Using the lightning effect to create nitrogen
Using the lightning effect to create nitrogen
Aidan Brennan reports from the Netherlands, where GEA have launched a new machine that increases the nitrogen content in slurry and reduces emissions.
PODCASTS
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.
Camera at the Mart: prices and numbers up in Bandon
Camera at the Mart: prices and numbers up in Bandon
Tommy Moyles reports from the calf sale in Bandon, where numbers were up and prices followed at the west Cork mart's weekly calf sale on Monday.
Camera at the Mart: big numbers in Ballybay
Camera at the Mart: big numbers in Ballybay
Adam Woods reports from Friday night’s suckler and weanling sale in Ballybay Mart in Co Monaghan.
Martbids Database: mart trade steadies this week
Martbids Database: mart trade steadies this week
Adam Woods has the latest on this week’s mart trade, including what’s happening in the country’s marts.
ICMSA to take part in protest in Brussels next week
ICMSA to take part in protest in Brussels next week
The EU and member states finally act on the historic threat to farmer incomes and the ability of the EU to feed itself going forward, ICMSA president Denis Drennan said.
GDT rises to highest level in 19 months
GDT rises to highest level in 19 months
The previous GDT auction held on 7 May also witnessed an increase in the price index.
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.
€750,000 for antimicrobial resistance research
€750,000 for antimicrobial resistance research
Three projects have been awarded €250,000 each to develop tools aimed at combating the rise of antimicrobial resistance.
Muir left powerless on animal disease
Muir left powerless on animal disease
The power to direct and control policy around major animal diseases in NI now lies with the UK government
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.
In pictures: double trouble as Limousins scoop junior and senior titles
In pictures: double trouble as Limousins scoop junior and senior titles
As the curtains close on day three of the 155th Balmoral Show, Shanon Kinahan once again takes a look back on the highlights from around the cattle lawns.
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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Biblical flooding in Brazil has devastating impact
Biblical flooding in Brazil has devastating impact
Flooding over the first two weeks of May in Brazil shows how terrible the consequences of climate events can be for human life, never mind agriculture.
Tributes paid to Kerrygold creator Anthony O’Reilly
Tributes paid to Kerrygold creator Anthony O’Reilly
Tony O'Reilly, one of Ireland's leading businessmen and the creator of the world famous Kerrygold brand, has died.
Bothar reports €280,000 loss in latest annual report
Bothar reports €280,000 loss in latest annual report
Charity says significant progress made in reorganisation and improving corporate governance.
Balmoral educates, informs and entertains
Balmoral educates, informs and entertains
Balmoral Show has prizewinning livestock, showjumping and a whole lot more that attracts an audience far beyond farming and the agri-food industry.
John Deere S7 combine set for UK debut at Cereals
John Deere S7 combine set for UK debut at Cereals
John Deere will present its new S7 Series combine along with its other new wares at the Cereals 2024 event in Bedfordshire on 11-12 June.
Horsch to debut two new Sprinter drills to Cereals
Horsch to debut two new Sprinter drills to Cereals
The German manufacturer will showcase two new models of tine seed drills - the Sprinter 6.25 SL and the Sprinter 12.25 SC - for the first time at the Cereals show.
New quad bike regulations -  are you ready? SPONSORED
New quad bike regulations - are you ready?
Quad bikes are designed to cope with a wide variety of terrain types and so are a fantastic aid for farm work - by Ciaran Roche, FBD risk manager.
Three parcels of farmland go for sale – at Dublin prices
Three parcels of farmland go for sale – at Dublin prices
North County Dublin farmland is both good quality and very well located. As a result, the guide prices here are hot and in demand, writes Paul Mooney.
Elegant country living in Co Westmeath
Elegant country living in Co Westmeath
Coole Farm has an attractive period house plus three self-contained apartments, writes Paul Mooney.
€31,000/ac paid at auction in Tipperary
€31,000/ac paid at auction in Tipperary
A small holding near Clonmel, Co Tipperary had plenty of bidders before the hammer dropped, while another compact holding in Donegal made over €28,000/ac, 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.
Government to launch major review of wildlife legislation in summer
Government to launch major review of wildlife legislation in summer
An extensive public consultation on the review of Ireland’s wildlife legislation is to open in mid-June.
Majority of Ireland’s bathing waters of 'high standard'
Majority of Ireland’s bathing waters of 'high standard'
The Environmental Protection Agency has published the Bathing Water Quality in Ireland report for 2023.
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.
Major Tipperary hydro project edges closer
Major Tipperary hydro project edges closer
Silvermines Hydro is a proposed 360MW hydroelectric power station in Silvermines, Co Tipperary, and will be the largest hydro project of its kind in Ireland.
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”.
Main RDS forestry awards go to Donegal, Cavan, Kilkenny and Cork
Main RDS forestry awards go to Donegal, Cavan, Kilkenny and Cork
Winning entries beat off strong competition from forests in counties Wicklow, Laois, Waterford, Meath, Limerick and Louth.
News in-brief from Northern Ireland
News in-brief from Northern Ireland
Weekly news in-brief from across the farming and food industry in Northern Ireland.
Lamb prices rebound as plants reverse cuts
Lamb prices rebound as plants reverse cuts
Tight supplies and a strong live trade has seen factories reversing last week's cuts to lamb prices.
Life
Meet the Maker: Mairidh Nic Cormaic
In this week’s Meet the Maker, Grace Hanna chats to Mairidh Nic Cormaic, founder of Sew it Seams, about her handmade fleeces and accessories.
Irish Horse: should racecourse admission be free all the time?
Irish Horse: should racecourse admission be free all the time?
One track is leading the way in recruiting new racegoers, writes Mark Costello.
Sport: glory days for Cork
Sport: glory days for Cork
Cork’s win over Limerick may be pivotal or may count for nothing, but it was a special occasion for those present, writes Denis Hurley.
Nice organic farm with elegant farmhouse
Nice organic farm with elegant farmhouse
With Boyle town on one side and Lough Key on the other, the location of this 96ac farm – guided between €1.4m to €1.5m – has plenty going for it, writes Paul Mooney.
Gardening with Gerry: azaleas allure
Gardening with Gerry: azaleas allure
There are thousands of varieties to choose from, with azalea colours ranging from pinks and purples to oranges and yellows, writes Gerry Daly.