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Beef
Beef price update: €5/kg base with some early signs of throughput easing
Darren Carty
Base prices seem to have steadied at a base of €5/kg for bullocks and €5.05/kg for heifers, with some agents commenting that numbers of shed-finished cattle may be easing.
 
 
Cowen to seek rebalancing of CAP towards food production if elected
Cowen to seek rebalancing of CAP towards food production if elected
Barry Cowen says his priorities lie with increasing CAP funding towards food production, reducing paperwork and rewarding farmers for delivery.
Ireland joins initiative to safeguard plant health
Ireland joins initiative to safeguard plant health
Ireland has joined the #PlantHealth4Life campaign led by the European Food Safety Authority, active in 22 member states. The campaign aims to raise awareness about plant health and our wellbeing.
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.
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.
Smallest farms only produce 4% of sector's emissions
Smallest farms only produce 4% of sector's emissions
The Small Farm Survey flagged small farms as being important for agriculture's sustainability.
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.
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.
Farm-to-farm movements down over 40,000 head in 2024
Farm-to-farm movements down over 40,000 head in 2024
Farm-to-farm movements reduced by over 28,000 head in Munster, while, in contrast, mart throughput has remained largely steady.
Watch: top prices from the ringside in Kilkenny
Watch: top prices from the ringside in Kilkenny
Shanon Kinahan takes a look at some of the highlights from the weekly cattle sale in Kilkenny Mart.
Sheep mart prices: live export activity boosts lamb prices
Sheep mart prices: live export activity boosts lamb prices
The interest from live exporters has occurred amid tight supplies and is fuelling increased competition among buyers.
What are the best days for silage this week?
What are the best days for silage this week?
With a mixed forecast, Aidan Brennan says farmers may have to take chances when they come, rather than waiting for perfect conditions.
Farm-to-farm movements down over 40,000 head in 2024
Farm-to-farm movements down over 40,000 head in 2024
Farm-to-farm movements reduced by over 28,000 head in Munster, while, in contrast, mart throughput has remained largely steady.
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.
Productivity increases best way to reduce livestock emissions - Mitloehner
Productivity increases best way to reduce livestock emissions - Mitloehner
Professor Frank Mitloehner outlined the top measures to reduce emissions from livestock farming globally.
Munster Bovine appoints chief executive
Munster Bovine appoints chief executive
With over 30 years' experience in the veterinary sector, Martin Kavanagh has been appointed as the new chief executive of Munster Bovine.
In pictures: Midleton Show champions
In pictures: Midleton Show champions
Shanon Kinahan takes a look back at some of the highlights from the 2024 Midleton Show.
Best in the business in Balmoral
Best in the business in Balmoral
Shanon Kinahan takes a look back at all the cattle champions from the 155th Balmoral Show
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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Grocery inflation falls for 13th month in a row
Grocery inflation falls for 13th month in a row
Latest Kantar data shows the pace of price rises continues to slow.
Farmers won’t decide UK election
Farmers won’t decide UK election
Farmers don't have the same lobbying force in the UK as they do in Ireland and, therefore, agriculture won't be a major issue in upcoming election.
UK inflation rate fall is good news
UK inflation rate fall is good news
Inflation falling to its lowest rate of increase in almost two years persuaded the UK prime minister to call an election.
Grain Trends: markets jump with weather news
Grain Trends: markets jump with weather news
Grain prices jumped this week, as concerns over weather and crop yields hit markets. Siobhán Walsh reports from the US this week.
Kuhn to display over 20 machines at Cereals
Kuhn to display over 20 machines at Cereals
Kuhn will showcase over 20 machines on its Cereals 2024 stand, including a debut for its Tineliner and Rowliner mechanical weeders.
SIP and John Deere grass demo day set for Clare
SIP and John Deere grass demo day set for Clare
John Deere dealership Geary’s Garage is set to host a working demonstration day with SIP and John Deere grassland equipment on Thursday 23 May.
Two farms hit the market in Louth
Two farms hit the market in Louth
Some of the land has been sown to a tillage crop while more is in grass, writes Paul Mooney.
€18,000/ac land near coast road in Waterford
€18,000/ac land near coast road in Waterford
The land is on the coast road, about 500m from the sea, and is in permanent pasture, writes Paul Mooney.
Good grazing land with bungalow in Limerick
Good grazing land with bungalow in Limerick
The 84ac holding in Gortboy has a farm road which runs through it, giving access to all fields, 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.
Productivity increases best way to reduce livestock emissions - Mitloehner
Productivity increases best way to reduce livestock emissions - Mitloehner
Professor Frank Mitloehner outlined the top measures to reduce emissions from livestock farming globally.
Farming for Water potential to have ‘huge reach’
Farming for Water potential to have ‘huge reach’
Lead on Farming for Water Mairead Whitty, said the EIP needs to draw on relationships with the project’s many partners.
Ballymena chicken manure AD plant eyes 200,000t expansion
Ballymena chicken manure AD plant eyes 200,000t expansion
The Tully Biogas Plant hit the headlines in 2017 when it became the first plant in the world to run entirely on chicken manure and now has plans to expand its capacity to 200,000t.
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.
Supports needed for forestry replanting, Gleeson concedes
Supports needed for forestry replanting, Gleeson concedes
Department supremo insists that the legal requirement to replant forestry ground after harvesting will not be removed.
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”.
Ballymena chicken manure AD plant eyes 200,000t expansion
Ballymena chicken manure AD plant eyes 200,000t expansion
The Tully Biogas Plant hit the headlines in 2017 when it became the first plant in the world to run entirely on chicken manure and now has plans to expand its capacity to 200,000t.
News round-up from Northern Ireland
News round-up from Northern Ireland
Weekly round-up of news from the farming industry in Northern Ireland.
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.
Author John Connell: ‘the sheep make me feel a new-found sense of prosperity’
Author John Connell: ‘the sheep make me feel a new-found sense of prosperity’
In an extract from his number one best-seller, Twelve Sheep, farmer and writer John Connell reflects on returning to his rural roots.
Irish Horse: why now could be the perfect time to buy a racehorse
Irish Horse: why now could be the perfect time to buy a racehorse
There are signs that the market is slowing down with value to be had, writes Mark Costello.
Gardening with Gerry: branching out with ‘Red Robin’
Gardening with Gerry: branching out with ‘Red Robin’
If you’re looking to add some vibrant colour and year-round interest to your garden, the ‘Red Robin’ can tranform your outdoor space, writes Gerry Daly.
Secondary school students host art exhibition in Athenry Mart
Secondary school students host art exhibition in Athenry Mart
Hundreds of people attended ‘Athenry Agri’ art exhibition, as secondary students from Clarin College Athenry created artwork inspired by agriculture, writes Sarah McIntosh.