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O’Sullivan calls for funds and balance on pesticides regulations
Siobhán Walsh
The Irish Farmers Journal met with Grace O’Sullivan last week in Brussels. The Green Party MEP is calling for funds to incentivise improved plant protection product use.
 
 
Mayo farmers take top prizes at Aurivo milk quality awards
Mayo dairy farmers take home prizes for milk quality and sustainability.
Wexford forest fire brought under control
The NPWS has issued a warning, calling on the public not to light fires or BBQs in public places.
Ammonia emissions: lowest air pollutant increase in 2021
Out of air pollutants analysed by the EPA, ammonia emissions saw the lowest increase in 2021. However, a lack of progress since 2005 means European reduction commitments are still not being met.
EPA ‘not holding back’ from Teagasc methane research
Attendees at the EPA’s annual conference heard that the agency is open to incorporating the latest farm emissions science when updating national carbon inventories.
Ireland’s largest fuel supplier snaps up solar PV company AEI
Alternative Energy Ireland was acquired for an unknown sum and has grown to become a significant supplier of solar PV technology to the agricultural industry
In pictures: Drumshanbo numbers holding steady
Friday last saw Drumshanbo Mart, Co Leitrim, host its weekly general sale of cattle. Shane Dobson reports from the ringside.
Oscar takes the golden globe in Nenagh
With a clearance rate just shy of 90%, the final Irish Hereford Breed Society show and sale of the season proved to be another major success, writes Shanon Kinahan.
€4.20/kg for bulls in Gortatlea
Tommy Moyles reports from a special sale of weanlings in Gortatlea, Co Kerry.
Camera at the Mart: bulls boost trade in Roscommon town
Tuesday last saw Roscommon Mart host its weekly weanling sale. Shane Dobson reports from the ringside.
Dairy Management: no rain a worry for some
Some farmers are beginning to worry that no rain in the forecast means a moisture deficit-induced grass shortage is on the way, writes Aidan Brennan.
Cow kill down almost 5,000 head to April 2023
The latest Department of Agriculture data shows there were 91,110 dairy cows and 43,385 beef cows slaughtered in the first four months of the year.
Mystery illness hits southern dairy herds
Animals hit by the ‘winter cow syndrome’ showed milk-fever-like symptoms and yields suddenly dropped by 10-20%. Declan O'Brien and Aidan Brennan report.
TB reactors up 15% in 12 months to April
The Department of Agriculture's spend is up significantly in the first three months of 2023.
No moaning for Rooskeynamona at spring sale finale
The Irish Charolais Cattle Society went out on a high in Tullamore at the final spring sale of the season.
Sheep champions crowned at Balmoral
Shanon Kinahan takes a look at this year's Balmoral Show champions in the sheep rings.
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The 3 Rs of worm control: Right dose, Right animal and Right time
As sure as night follows day, once the grass really starts to grow, cattle and sheep will be challenged by the burden of worms.
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Steady cattle and sluggish sheep trade so far in 2023
Mark Zieg, Bord Bia beef, meat and livestock manager, and Seamus McMenamin, sheepmeat and livestock manager, look at trade.
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Credit products available to farmers
Key information to know when looking for credit products for Irish farmers.
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Multiple Bord na Móna auctions boast over 400 lots of machinery this May
Wilsons Auctions prepares once again to offer bidders a huge selection of tractors, machinery, tyres, motorbikes, equipment and more surplus assets on behalf of the iconic Irish company Bord na Móna.
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Grocery inflation remains above 16%, with very slight drop in latest data
Kantar reports grocery inflation eased by 0.1% in its latest report on the industry.
EU committed to trade deals
Trade policy in Brussels is focused on deals and impact on wider economy, with farmer interests secondary.
Bord Bia and processors are organic winners
Bord Bia and processors secured funding this week to promote and process organic produce, but capturing and holding premium markets will be tough work.
Grain Trends: Matif below €230/t with generally good crop reports forecast
Crop reports are generally good and, at present, supply does not look like an issue in grain markets. Prices moved down again over the last few days.
1991 Ford 7810 scoops €21,500 plus commission at online auction
A 1991 Ford 7810 was among the highlights lots sold at an online auction last week hosted by Michael Doyle Auctions, selling for €21,500 plus commission.
83% clearance rate at Hennessy’s auction
Hennessy Auctioneers held its May monthly machinery auction last Saturday, where a 2013 Takeuchi TB28 mini digger topped the sale at €19,500.
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Farm safely this silage season – stay clear of overhead electricity wires
ESB Networks wantsto provide a safe electricity infrastructure. Live electricity wires are always near and coming close can be dangerous, writes Michael Murray, ESB Networks public safety manager.
Big farm with old farmhouse for sale in Meath
The auctioneers are guiding this well-located grassland farm at €10,000/ac.
Well-known farm for sale in Co Offaly
The 122ac is in one division and suited for all enterprises including dairying and tillage.
60ac in Co Galway for €485,000
The land is in separate divisions but is being offered for sale in one lot.
Safety around slurry stores: the grants available and how to qualify
Not all investments require planning permission, while several areas surrounding slurry storage qualify for a 60% grant rate for all farmers.
O’Sullivan calls for funds and balance on pesticides regulations
The Irish Farmers Journal met with Grace O’Sullivan last week in Brussels. The Green Party MEP is calling for funds to incentivise improved plant protection product use.
Ammonia emissions: lowest air pollutant increase in 2021
Out of air pollutants analysed by the EPA, ammonia emissions saw the lowest increase in 2021. However, a lack of progress since 2005 means European reduction commitments are still not being met.
National food waste recycling week encourages anaerobic digestion
The week-long campaign aims to encourage the recycling of food waste and the production of green energy and fertiliser through anaerobic digestion.
Ireland’s largest fuel supplier snaps up solar PV company AEI
Alternative Energy Ireland was acquired for an unknown sum and has grown to become a significant supplier of solar PV technology to the agricultural industry
McConalogue rules out ash dieback compensation
Minister McConalogue also insisted that farmers will have to replant lands affected by ash dieback.
Spike in forestry environmental information access appeals
The finger has been pointed at Coillte and the Department of Agriculture for a sizeable rise in appeals on access to information on the environment requests.
NI round-up: Rural Support survey and surge in cattle imports from ROI
Weekly round-up of news from the farming industry in Northern Ireland.
Nitrogen efficiency varies across NI dairy farms
Nitrogen-use efficiency is a measure of the amount of nitrogen consumed by a dairy cow which subsequently ends up in milk protein.
Careers
New programme awards €650,000 in project funding to technological universities
Local water quality and sustainable food production among projects being awarded funding under a new learning and teaching initiative, writes Sarah McIntosh.
Neven Maguire: get crackin’ on some eggy recipes
Eggs are great any time of the day - here are a some great eggy recipes you can enjoy for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, Neven Maguire writes.
Katherine’s Country: the satisfaction of a beautiful, busy day on the farm
The important decisions on the farm very often start with the all-important grass walk, writes Katherine O’Leary, as she pops along for the ride
Big Waterford farm with striking period house
This property is just 2km from the historic and popular town of Lismore, in a good farming area.
€23,400/ac for land in Co Laois
Here are the results of recent auctions of farmland around the country.