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Minister tight-lipped on plan for 200,000 suckler cow cull
Caitríona Morrissey
Minister Charlie McConalogue has not indicated what he will do with the Food Vision report which recommends two suckler destocking schemes.
 
 
Carthy brings beef to the ICMSA agm
Despite Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil being present at the ICMSA agm, it was the Green Party who farmers focused their frustrations on.
Dr Grainne Hurley takes leading Teagasc role in West Cork
A graduate of UCD, Dr Grainne Hurley will now lead Teagasc’s advisory and educational operations in the West Cork area.
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Investing €750m in Irish Farmland
Cork-based renewable energy developer BayWa r.e is planning to convert over 3,000ac of farmland into solar farms and offering Irish farmers long-term financial confidence in uncertain times.
Tillage soils show impressively high carbon levels
Any remaining tillage fields were sampled for soil carbon after harvest and the results are back.
Lakeland makes the switched to LNG
The development paves the way for the processor to use Irish liquefied biomethane from next year.
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.
MartBids Database: demand drives buoyant mart trade
The mart trade remains in very positive territory at the moment, reflected in some of the prices being seen in fatstock sales around the country.
Camera at the Mart: €6,500 sale topper for Skibbereen fat stock
It's not every sale where a heifer comes close to making €10/kg, but that's what happened at Skibbereen Mart's fat stock show and sale last Friday.
Camera at the Mart: weanlings to €12.50/kg in Manorhamilton fat stock
Record prices and a 98% clearance rate was the tune of the day in Manorhamilton as it hosted its third annual Christmas fat stock.
Sheep mart prices: factory price pull hits mart trade
Agents remain keen for lambs, but they are not willing to compete to the same intensity as in previous weeks due to the recent easing in factory quotes.
Tirlán adjust fixed milk price support scheme
Changes have been made to allocations into the fixed milk price support scheme, with the deadline extended until 22 December.
Dairy Trends: GDT steady as latest Ornua index falls
The energy cost element of the processing cost is variable and changes each month depending on energy costs.
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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.
News round-up from Northern Ireland
Weekly round-up of news from the farming industry in Northern Ireland.
Urgent meeting sought with Minister McConalogue on animal medicines
Adam Woods and Noel Bardon have the latest on the ongoing controversy over changing animal medicines rules.
'Mindset towards calves on dairy farms has to change'
If your mindset is that a calf has to be gone out of your farm as quick as possible, you have a mindset problem, a west Cork IFA meeting heard on Monday night.
Handling focus: designing the unit for yourself and the animal
The design of a handling unit should take into account both the safety of the operator and the safety of the livestock passing through it.
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Investing €750m in Irish Farmland
Cork-based renewable energy developer BayWa r.e is planning to convert over 3,000ac of farmland into solar farms and offering Irish farmers long-term financial confidence in uncertain times.
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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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Possible dealmaker selected for talks between Co-op and Group
Discussions around the future of the business to be lead by board-appointed negotiator
Cavan man receives ICOS ‘Plunkett Award’
The ICOS annual ‘Plunkett Award’ has been given to Cavan man Jim Maguire for his contribution to the co-op sector.
Kerry co-op at a crossroads as McGowan departs
The Co-op has to wrestle with an SGM, joint venture plans, and the leading milk price wrangle, and must now find a new person to run the co-op.
Kerry Co-op: a fraught decade
Leading milk price rows, a Revenue case over preference shares, boardroom power-struggles and shareholders trying to dissolve the co-op. It has been a busy decade in Kerry Co-op.
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Safety reminders as farm buildings come to the fore
With rapid housing of animals due to inclement weather, ESB Public Safety Manager Michael Murray is asking all farmers to remind themselves risk factors and implement safety checks.
Three farmers fined for misuse of green diesel
The latest tax defaulters list sees five farmers hit for the misuse of green diesel, failure to hold a current oil licence and failure to declare income tax.
‘I’m getting out of contracting for the same reason I got into it-to make money’
A Limerick contractor’s fleet of machinery will be up for grabs at an online retirement dispersal auction on Wednesday 14 December at 7.00pm.
Deere reports 75% increase in net income for Q4 2022
John Deere has reported $2.246bn in net come for quarter-four during 2022 compared to $1.283bn in 2021, a total increase of 75%, meanwhile net sales are up 37% for the same period.
Derrylahan Texel dispersal to take place in Ballinrobe
Adam Woods previews the Derrylahan Texel flock dispersal sale which takes place this weekend in Aurivo Mart, Ballinrobe, Co Mayo.
90ac with some forestry for sale in Co Kerry
The grassland part of this holding is good-quality land which will be of interest to many farmers in the locality.
Big holding for sale in Meath
The land is currently in tillage and suited for all farming enterprises.
116ac farm with entitlements in Clare
The farm is attracting great interest as few farms of this size - in one block - come up for sale in the area.
Designing an efficient and safe handling facility
Constructing a handling facility that works for both farmer and animals requires careful planning and consideration.
Biodiversity decline faster than dinosaur extinction - Noonan
Biodiversity is being lost at a rate faster than when the dinosaurs went extinct, Minister for Heritage Malcolm Noonan has warned.
Ireland currently meeting nitrogen reduction target
Ireland is currently meeting its nitrogen reduction target for 2025 which was set out in Ag Climatise, Ireland’s roadmap to climate neutrality.
Carthy brings beef to the ICMSA agm
Despite Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil being present at the ICMSA agm, it was the Green Party who farmers focused their frustrations on.
Listen: anaerobic digestion is just breaking down material in a big tank
Renewables editor Stephen Robb caught up with Stephen Nolan, plant manager with Green Generation, for the Young Stock Podcast.
Building in wood to achieve net zero
Avondale seminar explores the opportunities and challenges facing timber in decarbonising the construction industry. Donal Magner reports.
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.
MLAs pressed on agri climate plan
The UFU wants “proper recognition” of the carbon that is removed from the atmosphere and is stored in soils, trees and hedgerows on farms.
News round-up from Northern Ireland
Weekly round-up of news from the farming industry in Northern Ireland.
Kicking off the European Champions Cup
With three South African teams now in the European Rugby Champions Cup, Denis Hurley weighs up the chances of an inter-provincial final.
Big holding for sale in Meath
The land is currently in tillage and suited for all farming enterprises.
90ac with some forestry for sale in Co Kerry
The grassland part of this holding is good-quality land which will be of interest to many farmers in the locality.
116ac farm with entitlements in Clare
The farm is attracting great interest as few farms of this size - in one block - come up for sale in the area.