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Eco scheme obligation likely to increase further in 2028 - Department
Stephen Robb
The Department of Agriculture has said that the percentage of direct payments which are dependent on participation in eco schemes is likely to increase further in 2028, after the next CAP has ended.
 
 
Department publishes reminder on 31 December nitrates records deadline
Farmers must submit records including the movement of organic fertilisers, temporary movement of animals and short term rental grazing agreement.
Sheepmeat access to US welcomed by Bord Bia
Bord Bia said it is delighted with the prospect of promoting sheepmeat to the US in the coming months.
Watch: winter cattle series – health webinar
The Irish Farmers Journal, in association with AXA Insurance, presents the second instalment of the winter cattle series, focusing on animal health, from 8pm on Thursday evening.
Achieving £5,000 extra output in a 200-ewe flock
At last week’s webinar CAFRE sheep and beef specialist Brian Hanthorn outlined how producing 0.2 lambs extra per ewe has the potential to greatly enhance a farm’s bottom line.
Webinar: Grain market outlook
Stephen Robb and Andy Doyle are joined by industry specialists to discuss the prospects for grain markets over the coming season.
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41 homebred heifers average over €3,700
There was huge demand for top-quality suckler stock at the timed auction held by Thurles Mart.
Camera at the Mart: success for first rare and minority breed sale
The top-selling sheep were the black-fleeced badger-face Texel and Spotted Dutch, with prices for these sheep ranging from €1,300 to in excess of €3,000.
SheepWatch: greater competition as demand lifts and numbers fall
The mart trade had held relatively strong in spite of recent factory price cuts and has regained any ground lost in the last week to 10 days, with prices up €2 to €4 in cases.
MartBids Database: more bite ringside as numbers get tight
It has been a positive week for prices in marts, with lower numbers forward for sale seeing buyers work a little harder to secure cattle.
The Grass Week: the closing farm cover
John Crowe takes a look at the importance of doing a closing farm cover this week.
Agri jobs: farm manager maternity cover sought in Tipperary
An exciting short-term opportunity is available for the right person in Co Tipperary.
Watch: winter cattle series – health webinar
The Irish Farmers Journal, in association with AXA Insurance, presents the second instalment of the winter cattle series, focusing on animal health, from 8pm on Thursday evening.
Beef Management: autumn bulls, first-calver nutrition and winter webinar
Adam Woods takes a look at keeping under-16-month bulls on target, monitoring first-calver condition and the upcoming winter webinar on animal health.
Winter nutrition webinar – your questions answered
The Irish Farmers Journal beef team answers viewers’ queries from Thursday night’s nutrition webinar.
Five tips for treating cattle for fluke and lice
Healthy cattle are thriving cattle and when it comes to treating for fluke and lice over winter, outlined are five tips.
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Efficiency gains from Volac computerised feeder
Limerick dairy farmers John and John Joe Creed are seeing the benefits of switching to a Volac Urban Alma Pro calf feeder, with savings already being made on labour.
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Moocall: top tips for a stress-free calving season
Here are Moocall's essentials that you will need to have ready for when calving season starts and some other tips that can make life a bit less stressful during a busy calving season.
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Dairy farmer: ‘I looked at other spreaders and this one was the best’
With skyrocketing fertiliser prices and a growing emphasis being put on the environment, having an accurate, high tech spreader is becoming a must have for many farms.
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Reduced SCC and mastitis cases: how this Cork farmer gets cubicle hygiene right
Clean, dry cubicle beds are essential in the fight against mastitis and, according to Eoin O’Carroll from Bennettsbridge Limestone, now is the ideal time to keep the enemy at bay.
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PGI will be another tool in the marketing kit
Irish PGI application is progressing on schedule, but will it make a difference to Irish farmers?
17,000 horticulture jobs at risk due to peat ‘crisis’
Growing Media Ireland called on Government to publish a clear plan, with definite timelines to address the challenges created by the sudden prohibition of peat production.
Brazil pushes back on EU deforestation plan
Push back from Brazil's Foreign Minister on EU plans to avoid imports from deforested areas to be expected
Dairy Trends: Ornua index points to higher returns
The Ornua market index continues to rise as commodity dairy markets continue to increase.
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Your ideas wanted to direct the future of research and innovation
As part of Science Week 2021, which starts this Sunday, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) are encouraging members of the public to engage in the national Creating Our Future campaign.
Diesel prices drop due to Omicron variant
The new COVID-19 variant impacted on stocks and shares across the world, as well as oil.
Stolen card used to pay for trailer in Monaghan
The Ifor Williams 16x6 ft trailer is thought to have been transported to the Jonesborough area of Co Armagh.
Fendt to relocate forage wagon production
From September 2022, Fendt will transfer production of its Tigo forage wagons within Germany from its Waldstetten factory to Wolfenbüttel.
Donegal Texel Breeders white diamonds in-lamb sale
All roads lead to Raphoe Mart on Friday 10 December for the Donegal Texel Club annual sale of pedigree Texel in-lamb ewes.
Exceptional price for coastal Wexford farm
Many land sales have been surpassing their guide price, a circa-28ac residential on the books of Quinn Property came close to doubling its guide price.
€1.9m guide for 124ac south Tipperary farm
This 124ac holding between Fethard and Clonmel is attracting strong interest so far.
45.5ac non-residential farm in the heart of the Kingdom
A 45.5ac (18.4ha) farm near Castleisland is attracting a lot of interest. Excellent land quality and accessibility are combining to draw in potential buyers.
Farming designs: solar-powered water pump with remote monitoring
This month’s time- and labour-saving idea addresses providing a freshwater supply for livestock on an outfarm with no electricity.
Watch: top tips on planting a hedgerow
Hedgerows can be planted throughout the winter. Catherine Keena of Teagasc outlines some of her top tips for planting in this short video.
Hedgerow Week kicks off – here’s what’s on
Teagasc Hedgerow Week runs from 3 to 10 December, with a series of webinars over the week.
Operation Hurdle reducing Christmas tree theft in Wicklow
Gardaí in Wicklow are busy keeping theft at bay as a Christmas tree season gets under way in earnest.
Thin early and often – a motto which pays off
Continuous management and regular thinning have produced dividends in one Co Carlow forest.
Dale Farm joins NI push for milk solids
The co-op is now the third NI processor to announce new incentives for milk solids.
Changes to inheritance tax ruled out
The UK government has ruled out introducing any changes to inheritance tax and agricultural property relief in the short term.
Scottish Prices: finished lambs making over £6/kg in Scottish abattoirs
Scottish beef and lamb prices remain strong as we move into December.
Scottish Prices: lamb and beef markets on the up in Scotland
Scottish lamb and beef prices rising in marts and abattoirs.
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Gift ideas without spending money this Christmas
Whether you are a broke college student or you want to give a truly unique gift to someone, Ilka Denker has rounded up some non-monetary gifts.
Santa, I can absolutely 100% explain...
With a new COVID-19 variant disappointingly raising its head, a little festive cheer is warranted. It might be a long spin to Mayo but worth it for a great Santa experience.
A small step for Davy, one giant leap for camogie
While it won’t be his first encounter with camogie teams, Davy Fitzgerald’s upcoming gig with the Cork camogie team is a positive step for women’s sport, writes Denis Hurley.
Review of the EPIC Museum in Dublin
Voted Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction for the third consecutive year, Anne O’Donoghue heads along to Dublin’s EPIC Museum to see what all the fuss is about.
Teagasc advisers first in Europe to be awarded soft skills certification
Teagasc staff have been brushing up on their soft skills as part of their continuous professional development with the Certificate for European Consultants in Rural Areas (CECRA). Fiona Alston writes