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Farm costs continue their slow decline
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Latest CSO data shows almost every input cost for agriculture eased in May
 
 
MTU wool project receives over €500,000 in funding
MTU wool project receives over €500,000 in funding
The project will look at repurposing waste wool for cosmetics and healthcare.
43% of farmers in ACRES co-operation still waiting on balancing payment
43% of farmers in ACRES co-operation still waiting on balancing payment
It was also revealed that 15% of all farmers in ACRES were overpaid by their interim payment in February.
Emissions tax on its way for Denmark’s farmers
Emissions tax on its way for Denmark’s farmers
With New Zealand reversing its decision on a carbon tax for agriculture, Denmark is the first country in the world to have a start date for a carbon tax on farmers.
Tesco to switch to biomethane transport fleet
Tesco to switch to biomethane transport fleet
In a significant move, Tesco Ireland has taken delivery of 50 state-of-the-art biomethane-fuelled trucks, which will operate across its country-wide distribution network.
Call for forestry representation on carbon working group
Call for forestry representation on carbon working group
The Irish Timber Growers Association (ITGA) has called for forestry to be represented in the Department of Agriculture carbon farming working group.
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Premier sale date calendar for lowland sheep breeds
Premier sale date calendar for lowland sheep breeds
The 2024 show and sales season kicked off on Saturday 13 July with the Vendeén Sheep Society event, with sales following thick and fast over the coming months.
Martbids Database: plainer cattle easier bought this week
Martbids Database: plainer cattle easier bought this week
Adam Woods has the latest on this week’s mart trade, including the latest on this week’s mart trade and what’s happening in the country’s marts.
Sheep mart prices: lambs suffer another fall of €5 to €10 per head
Sheep mart prices: lambs suffer another fall of €5 to €10 per head
With significant factory price cuts coming thick and fast, agents are less willing to lock horns, resulting in a much more subdued trade this week.
Camera at the Mart: summer sale numbers up in Kanturk
Camera at the Mart: summer sale numbers up in Kanturk
Cattle numbers for June and July are up significantly in Kanturk Mart. It seems extra dry cow numbers and reared calves are driving that increase.
The Grass Week: growth creeps up but fodder stock low
The Grass Week: growth creeps up but fodder stock low
While still behind the norm for the time of the year, growth has improved over the past two weeks and looks set to improve further.
Measures to improve water quality must be implemented at scale - EPA
Measures to improve water quality must be implemented at scale - EPA
There must be “significant improvements” in nitrogen use efficiencies to reduce the nitrogen surplus, the Oireachtas committee on agriculture heard on Wednesday evening.
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.
Animal health - Dutch calf challenge
Animal health - Dutch calf challenge
It could take Ireland up to 16 years to achieve IBR-free status.
IFA halts Bord Bia's overhaul of QA scheme
IFA halts Bord Bia's overhaul of QA scheme
The IFA move follows concerns at the level of additional requirements that could potentially be foisted on farmers, and the pressure being applied to agree these changes.
Premier sale date calendar for lowland sheep breeds
Premier sale date calendar for lowland sheep breeds
The 2024 show and sales season kicked off on Saturday 13 July with the Vendeén Sheep Society event, with sales following thick and fast over the coming months.
In pictures: top of €1,760 at Sheep Ireland progeny test sale
In pictures: top of €1,760 at Sheep Ireland progeny test sale
The online sale of seven intensively performance-recorded rams saw two rams top the €1,000 mark and five more sell from €650 to €920.
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.
Bridging skills gaps in agriculture: the role of micro-credentials
SPONSORED
Bridging skills gaps in agriculture: the role of micro-credentials
The agriculture and food sectors are rapidly transforming, driven by challenges and technological advancements.
Balancing sustainability and profitability on your farmSPONSORED
Balancing sustainability and profitability on your farm
One Health initiatives such as antimicrobial reduction and the banning of high levels of zinc oxide in feed have resulted in additional challenges to farmers.
Doxstar Pro: denying docks a second chance before first-cut silageSPONSORED
Doxstar Pro: denying docks a second chance before first-cut silage
Docks can create serious problems in grassland, negatively affecting productivity.
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Farm costs continue their slow decline
Farm costs continue their slow decline
Latest CSO data shows almost every input cost for agriculture eased in May
Quality Assurance needs farmer buy-in
Quality Assurance needs farmer buy-in
Quality Assurance is a core requirement to supply the highest value customers for Irish beef, but farmers need to see the value in euros to be persuaded to do more.
Changing face of Irish beef industry
Changing face of Irish beef industry
The crowds at this week's Dairy Calf to Beef shows farmers are open minded to change, but it has to be shown to work.
Irish government spending to top €105bn in 2025
Irish government spending to top €105bn in 2025
There is little in the Summer Statement to indicate agriculture will be a priority in the coming budget.
AGCO opens laboratory for clean powertrain development in Finland
AGCO opens laboratory for clean powertrain development in Finland
AGCO, the parent company of Massey Ferguson, Fendt and Valtra, has announced the opening of a clean energy lab at its engine plant in Finland to support the development of clean powertrains.
Tyrone business awarded SlurryKat dealer of the year
Tyrone business awarded SlurryKat dealer of the year
Drumlish Farm Machinery has been awarded the ‘Dealer of the year 2024’ accolade by slurry equipment manufacturer SlurryKat.
€15,000/ac guide price for Louth land
€15,000/ac guide price for Louth land
The small holding lies in three adjoining fields and is close to Dundalk and to the motorway, writes Paul Mooney.
Dreamy dairy farm for €5m
Dreamy dairy farm for €5m
Here’s a ready-to-go Laois dairy farm – and it’s set up for large-scale, efficient production, writes Paul Mooney.
High-quality pasture at Offaly cattle holding
High-quality pasture at Offaly cattle holding
This farm will be of interest to cattle farmers but also to possible commercial buyers looking for livestock lairage or a finishing unit, writes Paul Mooney.
Does building a shed for finishing cattle pay?
Does building a shed for finishing cattle pay?
Martin Merrick does the sums on what a finishing shed would cost for housing dairy beef animals and if asks if it makes sense to build it in the first place.
New scheme with quotas for nitrates proposed
New scheme with quotas for nitrates proposed
A trio of policy experts say that major farm scheme changes are needed to achieve step-wise reductions in water pollution from agriculture.
Emissions targets should not be met through decreased production - IFA
Emissions targets should not be met through decreased production - IFA
The IFA said the announcement of emissions reductions in the agricultural sector that are due to a drop in cattle numbers and less fertiliser would have economic and social consequences.
Planning sought for 780ac of solar farms in Mayo, Carlow, Kildare and Louth
Planning sought for 780ac of solar farms in Mayo, Carlow, Kildare and Louth
There has been no shortage of planning applications for new solar farm projects around the country, as the country strives to reach 8GW of solar by 2030.
Teagasc director highlights solar challenge to food output
Teagasc director highlights solar challenge to food output
"My position is the head of the agriculture and food development authority. I don’t want to see a reduction in our food production capability," Frank O'Mara has said.
State grant aided 288,000ha of forestry since the 1980s
State grant aided 288,000ha of forestry since the 1980s
Just six forestry owners received Department grants across a combined 8,700ha of forests.
Call for forestry representation on carbon working group
Call for forestry representation on carbon working group
The Irish Timber Growers Association (ITGA) has called for forestry to be represented in the Department of Agriculture carbon farming working group.
Northern Ireland sheep kill down over 36,147 head or 15% in 2024
Northern Ireland sheep kill down over 36,147 head or 15% in 2024
The lower number of sheep slaughtered is being strongly influenced by live exports of sheep running almost 40,000 head higher.
News round-up from Northern Ireland
News round-up from Northern Ireland
Weekly round-up of news from the farming industry in Northern Ireland.
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Westmeath village in running for European honours
Picturesque Ballinahown village is bidding for glory in a prestigious European competition, writes Deirdre Verney.
Irish Horse: Joseph O'Brien finding winners harder to get this year
Irish Horse: Joseph O'Brien finding winners harder to get this year
Mark Costello studies the statistics from the first three months of the Irish flat season.
Memoirs: a garden brings life and love
Memoirs: a garden brings life and love
Our gardens are the antithesis to war. They are about life, care and nurture, writes Maureen Boyle.
Call on Government to tackle inequalities in education sector
Call on Government to tackle inequalities in education sector
Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI) has called on the Government to commit to tackling inequalities in the education sector by supporting their four priorities, writes Sarah McIntosh.
A 26-bed mansion in Galway
A 26-bed mansion in Galway
This farm, 17k off the M6 motorway, will attract attention from both international and Irish buyers with deep pockets, writes Paul Mooney.