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Sheep
Inclement weather reducing risk of blowfly strike
Darren Carty
Sales of blowfly protection products are slow to kick off with lower temperatures and negligible risk to date putting this task lower down on the list of farmer priorities.
 
 
Teagasc paper confirms no traces of protected urea in milk
Farmers in Ireland are being encouraged to switch from using CAN fertiliser to protected urea.
Lack of support for organic sector evident in scheme application numbers - IFA
The IFA has described the programme for Government aim to align the area under organic production with the EU average of 7.5% as unrealistic.
Sustainable beef production webinars
The first in a series of beef webinars focusing on the sustainability of the sector will be held on 20 May
Bridging the Gap: diversity, inclusion and equality
Bridging the Gap is an event on diversity, inclusion and equality; brought to you by the Irish Farmers Journal and Ornua.
Digital tax should not be feared, says accountant
Filing income tax records online every three months could lead to better cashflow management within farm businesses, a local accountant has suggested.
Watch back: Tullamore Farm Virtual Series
Adam Woods takes a look back at the four webinars in the Tullamore Farm webinar series
Top call of €4,000 for Charolais in Carrick-on-Shannon
Adam Woods was in Carrick-on-Shannon at the weekend for its May sale of continental bulls.
Camera at the Mart: strong demand for sheep in Blessington
Shane Murphy was in Blessington on Tuesday for the mart's weekly sheep sale.
MartBids Database: numbers drop amid ringside buyer return
Mart managers have reported a number of sellers holding off on business until ringside buyers return.
Calf prices ease €15/head
After two weeks of increasing prices, there has been a €15 reduction in calf price over the last seven days.
The Grass Week: walking the farm every five days
IFJ grassland management courses 2021 are back on farm as many farmers eagerly await a jump in growth rates, writes John Crowe.
Watch: Farm Tech Talk - The Livestock Show
With no big burst of grass growth we discuss what farmers are doing to manage around the country on beef, dairy and sheep farms.
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Why teaser bulls are leading the way in heat detection
Teaser bulls, otherwise known as vasectomised bulls, undergo a surgical procedure which makes them infertile approximately five to six weeks after the operation is carried out by a veterinarian
Four vets suspended for professional misconduct in 2020 - Vet Council
Four vets had their registrations with the Veterinary Council of Ireland suspended for varying periods of time due to professional misconduct.
Getting ready for Bord Bia audit
Bord Bia explains the main issues that arise in a Bord Bia audit and what do farmers have to do to be in compliance.
Farmers to pay for new TB tests
The new requirements will have ‘a significant impact’ on farmers who sell livestock six months after their last herd test, Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots has said.
Senior hurling for MSD
MSD is well-known as the largest supplier of animal medicines on the Irish market but there is much more than animal medicine in the locker now.
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Forefront T: the Ideal herbicide for grazing pastures
When it comes to choosing the perfect broad-spectrum weed killer for grazing pastures, Forefront T is the gold standard.
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Have you heard the one about the chicken crossing the road?
There's a new chick in town! Irish-produced chicken brand, Sicín Sásta, is now available in stores nationwide.
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Ecosyl lifts the quality of baled silage
The vast majority of Irish farmers make baled silage every year and many drystock farmers rely on baled silage as their sole source of winter feed.
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Parasite control - getting it right
Choosing the right product and getting the most from it are key factors in ensuring optimum livestock performance and reducing the risk of anthelmintic resistance.
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EU may hold the cards but the UK has the joker
If protocol issues can be resolved, NI is in a powerful place briding EU and UK trade but if they cant, the fall out has potenttial to spread
Food price index continues to increase
The United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) produce a monthly index that tracks a basket of international food prices.
Glanbia announces April milk price
Kerry and Glanbia have set April milk prices. Glanbia followed the Kerry lead and held March price for April.
Dairy Trends: butter and skim prices underpin strong commodities
Dairy markets are strong and running well ahead of this time last year, but US milk supply is on the increase.
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Why teaser bulls are leading the way in heat detection
Teaser bulls, otherwise known as vasectomised bulls, undergo a surgical procedure which makes them infertile approximately five to six weeks after the operation is carried out by a veterinarian
AGCO develops new engine family
Finnish manufacturer AGCO Power has announced it is currently developing a new engine family, which it hopes to launch by the end of 2022.
€61,000 for tidy Puma at online machinery auction
A tidy example of a 2012 Case Puma 215 with 4,000 hours sold for €61,000 at Irish Agri Auctions fifth auction which was recently held in conjunction with Ballybay Mart in Monaghan.
1979 County 1174 sells for £40,736 plus VAT at Cheffins
Cheffins auctions held its first vintage of 2021 on April 24 which seen over 2,000 lots of vintage and classic equipment go under the hammer.
Low clearance at inaugural Irish Angus sale
Bids were hard got in Roscrea which meant that many bulls left the ring unsold.
Two big farms for sale on edge of Sligo town
One of the farms in question is a working dairy farm with modern yard. The other is a block of good grassland.
Virtual auctions proving successful for farmland
Demand for farmland continues to be strong and farmers have adjusted without problem to bidding for land online.
Sherry Fitzgerald offices are being kept busy
Sherry Fitzgerald has closed deals in Tipperary and Westmeath recently and has more land for sale in Kildare and Kerry.
Housing 900 ewes in the north of Scotland
The Sutherland family has found a low-cost solution for sheep housing. Declan Marren writes.
Controlling rushes while protecting water quality
Preventing rush growth is easier said than done. When controlling rushes with herbicides, good stewardship is needed.
Farming cannot be scapegoated in climate debate – McConalogue
The minister said he echoed and supported An Taoiseach’s comments on the ongoing An Taisce and Glanbia court battle.
Washing machines, beds and tyres dumped in Coillte forests
Coillte has spent almost €2m in the last five years on forest clean-ups.
Agroforestry: What is it? Could it suit your system?
Ray Ó’Foghlú attended the recent National Organic Training Skillnet agroforesty conference, which provided information for those interested in going down this route on their farm.
Dale Farm increases base price for April
Dale Farm, one of Northern Ireland's largest milk processors, has increased its base price for April.
Sustainable beef production webinars
The first in a series of beef webinars focusing on the sustainability of the sector will be held on 20 May
Scottish Trends: beef markets steady at £4.22/kg for R4L cattle
After major price cuts last week, the beef trade in Scotland has steadied, with more life in the sheep trade.
Scottish Prices: beef market correction in abattoirs to £4.22/kg for R grades
Scottish beef market prices dip 10p on the week, but market remains positive.
Life
My Country Living: Co Limerick wholefoods caterer Lizzy O'Connell
Co Limerick wholefoods caterer Lizzy O’Connell talks to Janine Kennedy about coming home to the countryside after years abroad and how food, gardening and time spent with family has given her purpose
Agony Uncle: how can I stay connected and communicate with my son?
Psychotherapist Enda Murphy answers a reader query from a mother whose son is drifting apart from her as he gets older. He advises on how to allow him continue his journey into manhood.
Neven Maguire: finger-lickin’ chicken
Chicken is a real crowd-pleasing meat – it’s inexpensive, can be cooked using a variety of methods and what’s more is that we have great producers of it here in Ireland, writes Neven Maguire.
Using poles to improve straightness and accuracy
Rachel Moriarty outlines some exercises to improve straightness and accuracy and in turn pick up some extra marks in the dressage arena.
Damien’s Diary: ordinary farmers bearing the brunt again
Climate action needs a similar approach to the Northern Ireland Peace Process, a coming together of minds to fight the common enemy which is climate change, writes Damien O’Reilly.