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Common EU tractor driving licence proposed
Peter Thomas Keaveney
CEETTAR has proposed a common tractor driving licence which will be recognised across all EU member states. Peter Thomas Keaveney and Gary Abbott report.
 
 
Case IH launches updated heavy duty round balers
Case IH hs introduced the new RB 456 and 466HD Pro variable chamber round balers which they say feature stronger components and fewer moving parts.
Pig price of €2/kg secured - IFA
The IFA says that the pig price of €2/kg is far from breakeven and that farmers are still losing between €35 and €40 per pig sold.
G7 commits another €4.25bn to food security
While G7 leaders met because of war in Ukraine, there was a low-key response to the issue of the impact on global food security.
CAP budget needs a strong defence
The "Future of Europe" event highlighted the competition CAP faces for the funding needed to guarantee food security for Europe.
Market Digest: stories from around the world
News briefs from Brazil, China, USA and Ukraine.
Ukraine’s farmers planted ‘more than expected’
While planting and crop yields may be better than expected, Ukrainian farmers say access to export markets needs to be improved if they are to have revenue to plant next year’s crop.
Macra Agricultural Skillnet news
Macra Agricultural Skillnet has developed a wide-ranging programme of training events, further education and development opportunities.
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.
PODCASTS
Camera at the Mart: heavy cattle still hot in Roscrea
Central Auctions Mart in Roscrea held a special sale of forward beef cattle last week. Adam Woods reports on the trade.
Camera at the Mart: plenty of life in lamb trade in Raphoe
While prices eased by €4 to €6/head on the previous week, agents were keen to get their hands on numbers and this kept a good deal of bite in the trade.
MartBids Database: poorer stock under pressure
Adam Woods has a roundup of what’s happening in the country’s marts and the current direction the mart trade is headed in.
Sheep Watch: mart trade providing some positives
Many mart managers report that while average prices have eased anywhere from €4 to €7 per head, prices are holding better than anticipated given the reduction in factory quotes.
Four heifer calves killed by dogs in Kilkenny
Four high-EBI heifer calves, bought to breed out of in 2024, were killed on a farm in Kilkenny on Monday.
An Taisce challenges nitrates derogation
An Taisce is seeking to quash Ireland's Nitrates Action Programme and the nitrates derogation.
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Silage 2022 photo competition kicks off
The Irish Farmers Journal has teamed up with Gouldings to find the best silage photo of 2022. The winner will receive 2t of Goulding Sweetgrass Fertiliser.
BEEF 2022 – Supporting Sustainable Beef Farming
The focus of BEEF 2022 will be on the application of technologies that will help beef farmers increase the profitability and environmental sustainability of their family farm businesses.
Teagasc BEEF 2022: What's on in the BEEF 2022 villages
The villages at BEEF 2022 allow farmers to speak one-to-one with Teagasc specialists on the issues that mean the most to them.
DairyBeef500 to target net margin of €500/ha
DairyBeef500 is led by Teagasc and will promote the adoption of best practice at farm level to increase the future viability and sustainability of the beef sector.
Apply lessons from COVID to farming, says vet
Farmers should think carefully when bringing animals onto their farm said Dr Sam Strain.
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Kverneland Balers – heavy silage, heavy-duty balers
With the grass season in full swing, Kverneland balers are doing their fair share of work in the field.
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Seven considerations when selecting and feeding fat supplements
Dr Richard Kirkland, global technical manager for Volac Wilmar Feed Ingredients, outlines seven considerations dairy producers should have when selecting fat supplements.
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Farm safely – stay safe by staying clear of overhead electricity wires
Michael Murray, ESB Networks public safety manager, has some vital advice for farmers and contractors ahead of the busy silage season.
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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.
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More access for New Zealand agri produce to EU
Enhanced access for New Zealand dairy, beef and sheepmeat to EU markets with announcement of trade deal.
€30m biomethane facility to be built in Cork
The project could see 20 local farm-based biomethane producer groups heating some 64,000 homes.
G7 commits another €4.25bn to food security
While G7 leaders met because of war in Ukraine, there was a low-key response to the issue of the impact on global food security.
Margins soared in fertiliser supply chain
As the fertiliser season slows, CSO data indicates that farmers have delivered strong margin growth to the supply chain writes Anne Finnegan, policy analyst.
Case IH launches updated heavy duty round balers
Case IH hs introduced the new RB 456 and 466HD Pro variable chamber round balers which they say feature stronger components and fewer moving parts.
€20,000 Morooka dumper stolen from Dublin farm
A blue Volvo truck carrying the stolen machine was seen on the M9 on the way to Waterford the day it was stolen, says its farmer owner.
In pictures: mint-condition 14t Broughan trailer secures €17,200
A mint-condition 2021 Broughan 14t dump trailer secured €17,200 at an online auction in Carlow last week.
Growvite Vendéen all-Ireland championships
The Noggus flock of Ciaran Coughlan and Quitrent flock of Cheryl O’Brien were the dominant performers claiming the entire male and female titles.
Big farm with house and sheds for sale in Cavan
The holding is located just 2km outside Bailieborough and is attracting good interest.
House and big cattle yard in Laois
The house is modern and and spacious. The property stands on 22ac of nice farmland.
87.5ac with cattle yard for sale in Laois
The farm is mainly in cereals and grassland while there is approximately 7ac under forestry.
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.
€30m biomethane facility to be built in Cork
The project could see 20 local farm-based biomethane producer groups heating some 64,000 homes.
Rural TDs on the sectoral emissions target for agriculture
The Irish Farmers Journal has sought the opinion of a range of TDs as to what the exact carbon reduction sectoral target for farming should be. Pat O'Toole and Barry Murphy report.
Forestry group tells Government of need for 20,000ha afforestation programme
Report claims a viable afforestation programme “would have mitigated the emissions from dairy expansion since 2010.” Donal Magner reports
MEPs seek solutions from Brussels for State's forestry ‘failures’
The Commissioner for Agriculture has been urged to open an investigation into the failures of the current forestry regime.
NI round-up: on-farm meetings, input costs and World Charolais Congress
Weekly round-up of news from across the farming industry in Northern Ireland.
Over 1,000 Tier 1 grants not claimed
Almost 3,000 successful applicants received letters of offer under the Tier 1 grant scheme last year.
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.
Life
Meet The Maker: jeweller Garrett Mallon
In this week’s Meet The Maker, Maria Moynihan talks to Garrett Mallon from the Garrett Mallon Design House, Carlingford, Co Louth.
Three farms go for auction in Wexford
The largest is 81.07ac and it comes with a derelict farmhouse and yard.
87.5ac with cattle yard for sale in Laois
The farm is mainly in cereals and grassland while there is approximately 7ac under forestry.
Westover way too good for Irish Derby rivals
The Juddmonte-owned colt was much too strong for his rivals in the Irish Derby under Colin Keane.
80ac for auction in Co Kildare
The land is outside Kilcock, on the border between Kildare and Meath.