Designated land: €490/ha payments proposed
Farmers could receive €400/ha to have 'exclusion areas' to prevent livestock entering certain habitats under the proposed schemes.
Ornua PPI index rises again for February
The Ornua PPI released for February lifted again from January levels as global markets improve further.
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Sulphur; a critical nutrient for grass and soil health
Sulphur is a critical element in the process of protein formation in plants such as grass, and in improving the quality of both grazed grass and silage or hay.
Spring signals boost buyer confidence in marts
Shane Murphy looks at how each of the livestock sections performed ringside over the past week
1,700 calves on offer in Bandon Mart
There was a big lift in calf numbers at Bandon Mart’s weekly calf sale this week and prices remain relatively firm.
In pictures: suckler outfits in demand in Carrigallen
Adam Woods was in Carrigallen Mart on Monday night for a special sale of suckler cows and calves.
In pictures: 1,700 calves on offer in Bandon Mart
There was a big lift in calf numbers at Bandon Mart’s weekly calf sale this week and prices remain relatively firm.
Base milk price has to rise to reflect market returns – IFA
The Ornua purchase price index (PPI) lifted again for February, rising to 108.5, equivalent to a 0.4c/l price lift, while prices surged 15% at Tuesday’s Global Dairy Trade (GDT) auction.
Ornua PPI index rises again for February
The Ornua PPI released for February lifted again from January levels as global markets improve further.
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Volac’s whey-based milk replacers deliver top calf performance
Advances in technology and research have led to whey-based milk replacers becoming the go-to protein source for calf nutrition.
Calf TB testing flexibilities extended into June
The Department of Agriculture has extended flexibilities around the TB testing of calves due to the continuing difficulties caused by COVID-19.
Dairy Management: fertiliser, grazing and cow health
Aidan Brennan looks at how much nitrogen to spread, what fields to graze next and has pointers for keeping animals healthy.
Newborns spring into life on farms
Newborn arrivals on any farm bring excitement and new hope, but also challenges.
Vets getting ready for a busy spring
Adam Woods speaks to some busy vets around the country too check in what issues are cropping up and what they see as problems in the future.
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Hear from the women making waves in the industry
There are a number of women making waves across the industry, with many using their voices to raise awareness of the contribution that women are making in the challenging world of agriculture.
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Kverneland launch new tillage equipment to the Irish market
Kverneland Group Ireland is introducing new tillage equipment to the brand’s extensive machinery portfolio.
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ASA – supporting graduates throughout their career and beyond
The Agricultural Science Association or ‘the ASA’ has long been known as the professional body for graduates of agricultural, horticultural, forestry, environmental and food science.
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Sulphur; a critical nutrient for grass and soil health
Sulphur is a critical element in the process of protein formation in plants such as grass, and in improving the quality of both grazed grass and silage or hay.
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Half year profits recover for Origin as crop planting increases for 2021
Origin has issued an optimistic outlook for the rest of 2021 and forecasts “good growth” in profits this year.
Ornua PPI index rises again for February
The Ornua PPI released for February lifted again from January levels as global markets improve further.
Animal proteins attracting venture capital
Animal proteins may not appear to be an attractive investment but the drive for sustainable supply chains is a driver for venture capital.
Despite the hype no budget confirmed for new REPS – IFA
The Programme for Government stated there was to be €1.5bn over 10 years from carbon tax to fund a REPS-2 type scheme and this money to be in addition to CAP Pillar II funds.
John Deere takes wraps off new stronger and smarter 9R Series
John Deere has just unveiled its new 9R Series tractor range, which is headed by the flagship wheeled 9R 640 and tracked 9RX 640 which offer an output of up to 691hp.
Claas give Arion 400 series a makeover and boost to 155hp
Claas have revamped its Arion 400 series to include a new design, a new top spec model, a power boost, more hydraulic power and more lift capacity.
Polaris updates its Sportman 570
Polaris have heavily updated its Sportsman 570 ATV range for 2021. Alongside, increased capabilities updates have been introduced in terms of styling and performance. Gary Abbott
Stirling round two hits top price of 26,000gns
All breeds saw a marked increase in average price compared to the 2020 sale.
Flying start to year as farm reaches €780k at auction
This Kildare land was knocked down to a beef farmer buyer at €13,220/ac. The underbidder was a tillage farmer.
Tidy Bandon valley parcel on the market
A 19ac holding close to Bandon town has come on the market with Hodnett Forde property services Clonakilty. In one block this land in an agricultural heartland is sure to attract interest.
30 properties sold between €750,000 and €3.5m
According to Sherry Fitzgerald agricultural land barometer, prices experienced a strong recovery in the latter half of 2020 following a decline in quarter one.
Calving facilities and Department of Agriculture specifications
Calving facilities and isolation boxes are currently eligible for grant aid under TAMS II but they must be built to Department of Agriculture specification.
Draft states agri-food needs to 'show it is reducing environmental negatives'
Sustainability is the focus of the document which has seven main goals, among them a target of climate neutrality by 2050.
Sustaining our soils for the future of farming
In this webinar we heard about the research, the advice and the practical implementation measures to improve soil health on farm.
‘Inescapable contradiction’ in Bord na Móna’s position on rewetting
ICMSA acknowledged the company’s commitment to work with adjoining landowners, but raised queries around their position.
Protection of farm incomes central to Irish climate ambitions – McConalogue
McConalogue said the objectives of the Green Deal to make Europe the first climate neutral continent by 2050 aligns well with the Government's Ag Climatise plan.
News round-up from Northern Ireland
Weekly news round-up from the farming industry across Northern Ireland
Hogget price surges to 610p/kg
Finished hoggets in NI ave hit 610p/kg as competition between processors intensifies
Scottish lamb sales still strong as numbers tighten
John Sleigh has his take on this week's beef and lamb markets in Scotland
Getting ready for births at Cranna
This week, John Sleigh and Robert Gilchrist speak to the Duguids on their preparation for spring.
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Funding climate change initiatives a central function now for McGuinneses
Stepping into the position of Irish Commissioner in the finance portfolio is no easy move but Mairead McGuinness has never been one to shirk from a challenge. Writes Amii McKeever.
Flying start to year as farm reaches €780k at auction
This Kildare land was knocked down to a beef farmer buyer at €13,220/ac. The underbidder was a tillage farmer.
Empowering women to feel body confident
When it comes to our bodies, we can be our own worst critic. Thankfully, times are changing and the body positivity movement is well underway within the fashion industry, writes Katie Barragry
GAA calendar change cements a new way of doing things
Having segregated championship seasons may not be a perfect way to go, but it is better than any alternative, writes Denis Hurley.
Are your mothering instincts actually damaging your mental health?
In this month’s mental health feature, psychotherapist Enda Murphy talks about how mums, by constantly trying to solve problems and find solutions for their children - can damage their own health.