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Missed opportunity in anaerobic digestion plan
Jack Kennedy
An opportunity to make our farmer-owned co-ops central to this project has again been missed when they would have been an ideal vehicle to get central farmer involvement and ownership.
 
 
48 hours’ notice and immediate inspection result to be put in charter
48 hours’ notice and immediate inspection result to be put in charter
IFA rural development chair John Curran confirmed these measures have been agreed “in principle” under a review of the Farmers’ Charter of Rights.
Lemken's online portal hit by cyber attack
Lemken's online portal hit by cyber attack
German machinery manufacturer Lemken recently had its online system attacked by cyber hackers.
Diversification could see farming close to 2030 climate target
Diversification could see farming close to 2030 climate target
Potential emissions savings from farm diversification could see the farming sector achieve 99% of its emissions reduction target.
EPA expects Ireland to miss 2030 emissions targets
EPA expects Ireland to miss 2030 emissions targets
Farming and most other sectors are expected to overshoot their emissions targets for 2030, a new EPA forecast shows.
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.
PODCASTS
Camera at the Mart: full clearance for Cahir calf sale
Camera at the Mart: full clearance for Cahir calf sale
There was a 100% clearance rate, with exporters really active for calves at Cahir Mart for its calf sale on Friday evening last.
Sheep mart prices: lamb prices ease by €3 to €8 per head
Sheep mart prices: lamb prices ease by €3 to €8 per head
Agents have been keen to try to ease prices in line with factory quotes, while those buying lambs for live export have been quieter this week.
Martbids Database: big drop in mart numbers
Martbids Database: big drop in mart numbers
Adam Woods has the latest on this week’s mart trade, including news of what’s happening in the country’s marts.
Camera at the Mart: all types a classy trade in Sixmilebridge
Camera at the Mart: all types a classy trade in Sixmilebridge
Shanon Kinahan reports from a busy day's trading at Sixmilebridge Mart last Saturday.
DII calls for focus on water quality under Bord Bia quality assurance scheme
DII calls for focus on water quality under Bord Bia quality assurance scheme
Dairy Industry Ireland proposed a 10-point action plan, with the singular goal of securing European Commission approval of the continuation of the derogation.
Live exports surpass 200,000 head
Live exports surpass 200,000 head
Calf exports are now on a par to 2023 with over 161,000 head exported live while higher exports of stores and finished cattle are pushing exports over 6,000 head above 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.
Sheep management: enzootic abortion, selling hoggets and scheme dates
Sheep management: enzootic abortion, selling hoggets and scheme dates
While breeding seems a long time away early lamb producers in particular are being advised of potential supply shortages of enzootic abortion vaccines.
DAERA get animal health powers back
DAERA get animal health powers back
Environment Secretary Steve Barclay “has exercised his discretion to not retain direction and control” over key policy areas.
Tomohawk a powerful weapon in Midleton
Tomohawk a powerful weapon in Midleton
Shanon Kinahan was in Cork on Sunday for Midleton Show where she reports on the breed champions from the beef section.
Rockvalley rocks Rising Stars Calf Show
Rockvalley rocks Rising Stars Calf Show
Shanon Kinahan reports from the North Eastern Rising Stars Charolais Calf Show where Rockvalley Udaya took the plaudits
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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Irish inflation rises slightly, energy prices drop
Irish inflation rises slightly, energy prices drop
Food prices were unchanged in May from the previous month, but are 2.3% higher than a year ago.
Lemken's online portal hit by cyber attack
Lemken's online portal hit by cyber attack
German machinery manufacturer Lemken recently had its online system attacked by cyber hackers.
Maize boom means more work for Samco
Maize boom means more work for Samco
Limerick agri-engineering firm reports surge in turnover in latest accounts.
Moorepark Technology warns that losses will continue
Moorepark Technology warns that losses will continue
Teagasc joint venture reports fourth year of financial loss in 2023.
Alliance adds 15 new sizes to popular tractor tyre range
Alliance adds 15 new sizes to popular tractor tyre range
Claiming to be the only steel-belted VF tyre on the market, Yokohama has added 15 new sizes to the Alliance Agriflex+ 372 VF tyre range for tractors and harvesters.
Lemken's online portal hit by cyber attack
Lemken's online portal hit by cyber attack
German machinery manufacturer Lemken recently had its online system attacked by cyber hackers.
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.
Top class fattening farm in Co Meath for €1.8m
Top class fattening farm in Co Meath for €1.8m
This farm comes with a purpose made cattle yard that was built in the past five years to a very high standard. It's now going for auction, writes Paul Mooney.
Victorian house for sale on c27ac in Wexford
Victorian house for sale on c27ac in Wexford
The holding is a short distance from Enniscorthy and part is zoned for development, writes Paul Mooney.
Lakeside holding on 86ac and 56ac farming enterprise
Lakeside holding on 86ac and 56ac farming enterprise
One is a lakeside farm, the other has a cattle yard with a large slatted shed, writes Paul Mooney.
60-point rotary and drafting system streamlining milking in Piltown
60-point rotary and drafting system streamlining milking in Piltown
The DeLaval 60-point rotary is seeing the farm’s 400 herd of cows milked in just under an hour and a half.
Major campaign launched to up farmers' focus on water quality
Major campaign launched to up farmers' focus on water quality
The campaign focuses on eight actions farmers can take to reduce the risk of impacting on water quality.
Teagasc to lead 'Better Farming for Water' campaign
Teagasc to lead 'Better Farming for Water' campaign
The new campaign will create eight new roles within Teagasc, including six water catchment co-ordinators, a water quality catchment research officer and a programme manager.
Slurry and grass to fuel AD plants
Slurry and grass to fuel AD plants
The industry will be agri-centric, meaning farmers will be the main suppliers of feedstock such as grass silage and manures to produce biomethane gas which will decarbonise the energy sector.
Comment: State selects path of most resistance for AD development
Comment: State selects path of most resistance for AD development
The route the state has taken to realise its plans of a vibrant new, agri-centric anaerobic digestion sector ranks as one of the most difficult in Europe and ensures the 2030 target wont be met.
Heated exchanges at ash dieback taskforce
Heated exchanges at ash dieback taskforce
Forestry growers' representatives said they signed up to the taskforce's terms of reference "under duress".
The need for continuity and support for forest research
The need for continuity and support for forest research
Message of late distinguished forester and researcher, Gerhardt Gallagher, who advocated a co-ordinated research programme and research centre within forestry development agency, needs to be adopted.
News in-brief from Northern Ireland
News in-brief from Northern Ireland
Latest news in-brief from across the farming and food industry in Northern Ireland
Next steps confirmed for Red Tractor review
Next steps confirmed for Red Tractor review
The latest review into Red Tractor farm assurance is being led by a former vice chancellor of Harper Adams University
Life
Meet the Maker: Orla Hickey
In this week’s Meet the Maker, Grace Hanna chats to Limerick artist Orla Hickey about how a pottery class in Skibbereen reopened her eyes to her creative abilities.
Hurling championship has kept us enthralled - football has a hard act to follow
Hurling championship has kept us enthralled - football has a hard act to follow
There are just nine games left in the hurling championship – can the football thrill us more in the meantime, asks Denis Hurley.
Auction or private – what’s the better deal?
Auction or private – what’s the better deal?
The majority of farmland sales are by private treaty, but when there is keen interest in a property, sellers may get a better price at public auction, writes Paul Mooney.
Katherine O'Leary: I love to be rocking when the Boss takes to the stage
Katherine O'Leary: I love to be rocking when the Boss takes to the stage
Music brings people together and Bruce Springsteen holds a special power to really connect with his audience, writes Katherine O’Leary.
Country Sound: milestone music anniversary for Frank McCaffrey
Country Sound: milestone music anniversary for Frank McCaffrey
Country singer Frank McCaffery was among the first Irish artists to recognise the demand for country music and Irish songs in English theatres, writes Michael Commins.