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Agribusiness
EU trade policy isn’t farmer-focused
Phelim O'Neill
Overall the EU's trade ambitions may be worthy, but the effect will be outsourcing much of the quality beef supply to other parts of the world
 
 
Gardaí at farm where bodies of elderly men found dead
Two bodies were discovered at the scene in Co Cork and a van is being traced.
Weekend weather: dry and calm weather in store
After the cold and wet weather over the last number of weeks, there are dry and calm days ahead.
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Sulphur; a critical nutrient for grass and soil health
Sulphur is a critical element in the process of protein formation in plants such as grass, and in improving the quality of both grazed grass and silage or hay.
Dairy sales on fire as cows top €2,000 mark
A clearance sale of a high EBI herd in Carnew Mart on Tuesday recorded an average price of almost €1,750 across the 92 cows on offer with 23 lots exceeding €2,000 and selling to €2,720.
MartBids Database: mart throughput at 95.5% of pre-COVID-19 levels
Numbers high and trade strong as marts enter further six weeks of no ringside bidders.
Friesian bull calf price drops another €5/head
After a €16 fall last week, Friesian bulls are back a further €5 this week. However, overall calf prices remain quite positive.
Fresh calved heifers hit €2,250 at New Ross dairy sale
The third dairy sale in New Ross included a pre-sale show with a number of heifers breaking the €2,000 mark.
Fonterra to link milk prices to sustainability targets from June
The New Zealand dairy co-op has said it will reallocate money from farmers who fail to meet sustainability standards to its farmer suppliers who are already taking sustainability actions.
Mortality of calves exported from Ireland approximately 0.05%
Analysis of 2019 and 2020 journey logs demonstrate a low mortality rate for calves transported out of Ireland to continental veal producers.
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Volac’s whey-based milk replacers deliver top calf performance
Advances in technology and research have led to whey-based milk replacers becoming the go-to protein source for calf nutrition.
News round-up from Northern Ireland
Weekly round-up of news from across the farming industry in Northern Ireland
Over one-third of vets plan to sell practice
Despite an increase in turnover last year, many vets are still seeking a better work-life balance.
Sales fall for Co-op Animal Health in 2019
The 50:50 joint venture between Dairygold and Glanbia saw its sales drop in 2019.
TB programme cost €98.5m last year
Figures from the Minister for Agriculture show just how much TB eradication is costing the country.
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Sulphur; a critical nutrient for grass and soil health
Sulphur is a critical element in the process of protein formation in plants such as grass, and in improving the quality of both grazed grass and silage or hay.
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Volac’s whey-based milk replacers deliver top calf performance
Advances in technology and research have led to whey-based milk replacers becoming the go-to protein source for calf nutrition.
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Benefits of JFC Agri Evolution S4 automatic calf feeder
JFC Agri spoke to Waterford dairy farmer Sean Nolan about his dairy enterprise, calving and how the JFC Agri Evolution S4 automatic calf feeder has benefited his calf rearing and feeding operation.
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Father and son operation cultivate a better future
Maurice Cogan and his son Robert had been beef and tillage farming for many years but when they started to plan for the future they realised ...
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FBD reports €4.4m underwriting loss for 2020 following High Court ruling
FBD Insurance has reported a much stronger result than expected for its 2020 financial year.
EU open to agreement on veterinary checks with UK
UK alignment with EU veterinary standards would remove much of the red tape in trade between EU and UK.
Work on agri-food strategy to continue despite NGO departure
Walk out by NGOs reflects difficulty for strategy group in meeting the conflicting expectations of all its members,
Door open for environmental NGO to rejoin agri-food strategy
Ministers McConalogue, Heydon and Hackett expressed their regret at the Environmental Pillars decision to withdraw from the Agri-Food Strategy committee.
New ag sales manager appointed at John Deere
John Deere has appointed IT Tralee graduate, Brian D’Arcy, as agricultural division sales manager for Ireland, Scotland, Wales and northern England.
Contractors reiterate call for hedge-cutting extension and seek clarity on rules
FCI has requested that a proposed hedge-cutting extension period up until 17 March 2021 can be restricted solely to flail machines.
Vogelsang grows turnover by 7% in 2020 to €134m
German mechanical engineering manufacturer Vogelsang GmbH & Co. KG, had an increase of approx 7% in turnover in 2020 to €134m.
27,000gns Shorthorn bull breaks records in Stirling
The sale topping bull sets a new all-time high price for the breed at the famous Scottish sales
High grazing available in Tipp
A 32ac parcel of grazing ground near Nine Mile house, Co Tipperary, is on the market with Shee & Hawe estate agents, Carrick-on-Suir.
East Cork treasure chest awaits discovery
A 60ac east Cork farm has a contrast of land types and a number of potential renovation projects that appeal to an array of potential buyers.
Kilashee property ticks a lot of boxes
An 85ac non-residential farm in Longford has come on the market with O'Meara auctioneering, Ballymahon. Well laid out and with 14ac zoned for residential purposes there are options galore. Tommy Moyles writes.
Calving facilities and Department of Agriculture specifications
Calving facilities and isolation boxes are currently eligible for grant aid under TAMS II but they must be built to Department of Agriculture specification.
Cork man claims Dairygold malting barley award
From Castletownroche in Co Cork, David O'Gorman has produced consistently high-quality malting barley and his 2020 malting barley crop averaged 3.2t/ac.
Environmental Pillar exit from agri-food strategy talks ‘disappointing’ – Creed
"The echo of their parting shot is tirelessly repetitive, in terms of the criticisms that they level," Michael Creed said in relation to the Environmental Pillar withdrawing from agri-food 2030 talks.
Project Woodland to tackle forestry issues and drive on with planting
Project Woodland will look at the backlog in forestry licences and a vision for forestry. The Department has also announced a study on the effects of forests on communities.
Sustained yield forestry in Ireland
Ensuring Irish forests are sustainably managed is essential forestry practice to provide a continuous supply of timber into the future. Donal Magner reports.
News round-up from Northern Ireland
Weekly round-up of news from across the farming industry in Northern Ireland
CAN price set to break £250/t
The fertiliser market in NI has been rising since the start of the year
Scottish prices: hogget rocket continues to rise in Scotland
The price of hoggets in Scotland continues to rise in abattoirs.
Kennedy elected NFUS president
Martin Kennedy has taken over from Andrew McCornick in the top job at NFU Scotland
Life
‘If you work with nature, it will pay you back tenfold’
In our new three-part regenerative farming series, Janine Kennedy speaks with Irish farmers who are forging paths on the road to sustainability. This week, we focus on Co Limerick farmers Tom Stack a
‘Art is not what you see it’s what you make others see’
We continue to feature the artists that focus on bringing the countryside into your home. This week, Amii McKeever speaks with Mary Finn.
Week in the country
Find out what's happening with the ICL team this week in the country
The High Kings at home and away
Finbarr Clancy and Brian Dunphy of The High Kings talk to Anne O’Donoghue about their new album inspired by fans around the world, their musical backgrounds and purism in folk music
Money Mentor: succession – the options
In the third of a four-part series, Margaret Nolan outlines the various options to consider when farm succession planning, whether to sell, set up a partnership, lease or transfer