TOP STORIES
Beef
Thrive weekly roundup: weighing yearlings and transitioning calves outdoors
Declan Marren
The dairy beef programme roundup has a video update from the demo farm, where yearling stock have been weighed, while we outline the importance of managing the transition to grass for calves.
 
 
EU to provide €37bn to ramp up biogas production
The EU is backing biomethane as one of the key measures to help stop Russian energy imports and move to green energy by the end of the decade.
‘Narrow majority’ of IFA pig protesters voted for midnight stand-down
A 4c/kg farmer pig price rise has been announced by processors to be effective from next week, taking prices to €1.74/kg, as the IFA’s campaign for €2.00/kg continues.
War threatens to tip tens of millions into food insecurity - UN
UN Secretary General says that there should be no restrictions on exports or some countries may face long-term famines as a result of the war.
Russia turning wheat into a weapon of war
A new environmental budget should be established outside of the CAP to reward farmers for delivering environmental dividends.
Tight supply to hit winter feed prices
The war in Ukraine is a major factor affecting international markets, but weather conditions in other grain growing regions could also cause further disruption.
No easy fix to fixed milk price problems
While Lakeland has delivered a solution that at least stops the bleeding if not healing the wound, can other co-ops find solutions for fixed milk price participants?
Sustainability can't be sidelined in response to Ukraine – webinar
A webinar on the topic of food security hosted by Colm Markey MEP discussed food security in the context of Ireland, Ukraine and internationally.
European buyers hungry for organic Irish beef – Bord Bia
EU consumers would be willing buy more organic Irish beef, Bord Bia’s Joe Burke has said.
Organic beef sector ‘losing value’ at the weanling stage
Producing organic beef could be more attractive if the marketing options for organic weanlings were developed, a webinar heard.
PODCASTS
Watch: weanling heifer hits €5.82/kg in Carnaross Mart
Niamh Gunn reports from Carnaross Mart, Co Meath, for its sale of weanling bulls and heifers on Tuesday.
In pictures: bulls top €4/kg at Gortatlea sale
Trade was on fire for E and U grade weanling bulls at Gortatlea Mart in Co Kerry at Wednesday evening's weanling sale.
Camera at the Mart: Angus and Hereford crosses top €3/kg
A special entry of 100 Charolais, Hereford and Friesian-cross bullocks sparked intense competition with factory agents demonstrating an insatiable appetite for slaughter-fit cattle and forward stores.
Sheep Trends: prices edge upwards by €3 to €5 per head
Demand for hoggets has intensified, with tight numbers adding competition to the trade, while spring lamb supplies are also failing to satisfy market demand.
Wet and windy May good for some, bad for others
The outlook for grass growth rates over the coming week remains strong, writes Aidan Brennan.
Watch or listen: Farm Tech Talk - The Livestock Show
May is on the way out and the mixed weather is leading to lots of grass on farms, but taking out paddocks for silage is tricky.
SPONSORED
Calf rearers urged to make weaning protocols part of milk feeding plan
Calf rearers are being urged to plan for weaning at the start of the season by incorporating it into their milk feeding plan.
Deer populations around TB outbreaks must be addressed – IFA
The IFA has called for better co-ordination in TB management with the re-establishment of the Deer Management Group.
Rush Control, red water and keeping an eye on stock bulls
Helpful tips and advice for drystock farms.
Teagasc Athenry sheep open day set for 18 June
Farmers will have the opportunity to view technical presentations and participate in interactive workshops with Teagasc sheep specialists.
May health tips: summer scour syndrome
Check out this month’s animal health tips from Tom McTeague, Animal Health Ireland.
SPONSORED
Good silage starts in the field but finishes in the clamp
Fermentation relies on bacteria utilising sugars in the grass, but depending on the species of bacteria carrying out the process, the end products will differ.
SPONSORED
Best advice on weed control in grazing pastures
For a growing number of Irish farmers, Forefront T is the product of choice to control weeds such as docks, thistles, nettles and dandelions in grazing pastures.
SPONSORED
Experience boarding life at Glenstal Abbey School - Taster Weekend for fifth class
Boys starting secondary school in September 2023 are invited to stay in the school's Norman castle on the 4-5 June, to learn about boarding life at Glenstal Abbey School in Murroe, Co Limerick.
SPONSORED
Improving profitability through excellent reproductive performance
Compact calving and six-week calving rate is crucial for profitability on your farm.
For daily news, mart prices and ePaper access from 6am on Thursday, subscribe for just €1 SUBSCRIBE
Farmers continuing to invest in farms – AIB
Out of any sector, agricultural customers of AIB sought overdraft credit least often over the last five years.
Post-Brexit problems for UK regulators
National Audit Office report in UK reveals staffing and cost issues in taking over regulatory functions previously carried out by the EU.
JBS profits continue to rise
Even with rising cattle prices in the US, JBS reveal soaring profits for first three months of 2022.
Kerry Co-op poised to move on dairy factories
Kerry Co-op directors are investigating how they might manage the acquisition of the dairy processing arm from Kerry Group.
SPONSORED
Easter and Ramadan drive lamb trade
Seamus McMenamin sheep and livestock sector manager, Bord Bia, reports that Easter and the month of Ramadan combined with no notable improvement in global supplies mean a strengthening lamb trade.
Seven low-hour Masseys and more up for grabs
Irish Machinery Auctions is hosting an online timed auction with over 70 unreserved lots on behalf of Holden Plant Rentals. Bidding is now live with lots due to close from 11am on Thursday 26 May.
2014 Volvo L60G fetches €80,000 at Carlow auction
Michael Doyle Auctioneers held an online machinery auction on Thursday 12 May. With over 2,000 viewers tuning in, the highest price was secured for a 2014 Volvo L60G which made €80,000 plus VAT.
New tractor registrations down 12% on 2021
FTMTA figures show that 213 new tractors were registered in April, meaning tractor sales for the first four months of 2022 are down 12% on the same period last year.
Balmoral back with a bang
Adam Woods profiles some of the winners at last week’s Balmoral Show.
Laois farm has cattle yard and quaint farmhouse
The holding - which is going to auction - also has forestry and entitlements.
84ac of grassland and forestry in Westmeath
The farm consists of 58.5ac of grassland and 25.5ac of forestry. There is also a large farmyard.
Top-class house and yard on 20ac in Meath
The house is ready to move into, the sheds are likewise ready for immediate use.
Weekly podcast: shed building costs spiral, fertiliser prices and new Macra CEO
Rising farm building costs, fertiliser prices, the new Macra CEO and IFA member unease over its leadership’s salary increases all feature.
EU to provide €37bn to ramp up biogas production
The EU is backing biomethane as one of the key measures to help stop Russian energy imports and move to green energy by the end of the decade.
53 farms secure €21m in renewable heat scheme
Switching to renewable fuel sources for heat is fast becoming an attractive option for many farms and significant funding is available to help farmers make the switch.
Sustainability the theme at RDS awards
RDS awards make a welcome return as top forestry prizes go to Wicklow, Down and Cavan, with excellent projects in Laois, Clare, Cork and Meath running them close.
Forestry sector calls for forestry development agency
Forestry is the only natural resource without an independent statutory agency to represent the sector. Donal Magner reports.
NI news in brief: agflation, Queens rules and RHANI
Round-up of news from across the farming and food industry in Northern Ireland.
TB casts a cloud on farmer mood at Balmoral
While the general mood among farmers was upbeat, TB continues to cast a shadow on the industry.
Average price of estate purchases up 87% at Savills
The average estate sold for £8.8m which was a rise of 87% on the year at Savills.
‘Derisory’ offer from Government to control geese
Crofters frustrated by the level of funding to support goose management.
Food
Food News: celebration of the food and drinks of Mayo
Regional food producers across the country are really coming together and this summer the spotlight in on Mayo, writes Ciara Leahy.
Is the grand tour trip now a thing of the past?
The origins of modern day tourism are centuries old. People have travelled to learn, to relax and to escape but will the affordable travel we have become accustomed to last?
Suzanne Eade on being appointed Chief Executive of Horse Racing Ireland
All eyes are on Horse Racing Ireland's new Chief Executive Suzanne Eade, since stepping into the biggest job in Irish racing at the end of 2021.
Damien's Diary-Silage Season
Silage season is up and running – get out the Child of Prague, writes Damien O'Reilly.
Katherine's Coiuntry: Dairygold approach farm safety in a different way
Dairygold Co-op held a Farm Safety Event with a difference. Katherine O’Leary believes that this dramatic production has the power to invoke cultural change around wellness and safety on farms.