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Editorial: Government taking huge gamble on future of farming
Justin McCarthy
Government is expecting farmers to accept a target where the roadmap can only take them 50% of the required journey.
 
 
€10,000 per farmer in new agri-environment scheme
Amy Forde and Darren Carty look at the new agri-environment payment in the next CAP.
Clarity sought on new zoned land tax
It is estimated that around 20,000 acres could be subject to the tax.
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Always ask yourself: are you sure it’s safe?
As the season changes and as winter conditions approach, Michael Murray, public safety manager with ESB Networks, is asking farmers to remain vigilant around the farm.
Watch back: world expert Jason Clay talks farming with the environment
Jason Clay is the senior vice-president of the World Wildlife Fund and is based in the United States.
Methane does not need to hit net zero, says scientist
Carbon dioxide will only stop contributing to global warming once emissions reach net zero, whereas methane stops warming when there are relatively small reductions in emissions.
Watch back: Ifac budget webinar – what you need to know
Watch back the webinar in which the ASA, Ifac and Irish Farmers Journal experts analysed the effect of the budget.
PODCASTS
Camera at the Mart: Herbie’s heifers hit high notes
Adam Woods reports from Golden Vale Mart, Carrigallen, for Herbie Griffith’s annual in-calf heifer sale.
Camera at the Mart: continental class in demand in Raphoe
Tuesday evening's show and sale in Raphoe Mart saw some top prices for top-quality continental-bred Charolais and Limousin cattle.
MartBids Database: weanlings holding strong as numbers increase
Prices remain well up on last year’s sales, despite an increased number of weanlings having gone through at this stage of the season.
MartBids Database: weanling prices drop as numbers increase
Prices for weanlings have eased on the week, but remain well above previous years’ levels.
Watch or listen: Farm Tech Talk - a climate special
In a follow-up to announcements last weekend about what farming has to shoulder in Ireland's emission reductions, we talk to the experts.
Dairy Trends: market signals still good for key commodities
Market sentiment and purchasing power is good, so prices stay high for key dairy commodities.
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The new Claas Trion - fits your farm
The Claas Trion is a completely new range of combines with a multitude of new features. Make choices, not compromises.
NI beef caught up in UK BSE ban
Both China and the Philippines have banned UK beef imports following a BSE case in England
Dan Brennan’s farm: Letter in support of an official independent enquiry.
‘It is both disheartening and deeply troubling to see the way this man has been treated.’ - Donagh O’Grady, former chair Askeaton/Ballysteen Animal Health Committee
How to successfully dry off your herd
Michelle McGrath from Animal Health Ireland outlines the steps involved in ensuring a successful drying-off procedure.
Environmental challenges laid bare at dairy walk
Aidan Brennan reports from the Teagasc/Glanbia joint programme farm walk in Kilkenny last week.
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Royal treatment paying dividends for Meath sheep flock
The Clarke sheep flock is achieving a fine output figure of 1.65 lambs weaned per ewe and ewe lamb joined to rams with a strong focus on attention to detail underpinning positive performance.
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Preventing new infection with blanket teat sealant
Blanket antibiotic dry cow therapy is no longer justified, sustainable or responsible in the modern Irish dairy herd.
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Study shows selection using genomics leads to healthier and longer-lived cows
Selecting replacement heifers using the CLARIFIDE® Plus Dairy Wellness Profit (DWP) genomic index leads to healthier and longer-lived cows and calves, data from 1,390 animals has found.
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Maxol Lubricants and the Cork West plough team
To celebrate the start of this year’s Ploughing, we chat with the West Cork plough team, proudly sponsored by Maxol Lubricants, to find out what drives them to compete at this great event each year.
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Big drop in EU sheepmeat imports
There have been contrasting fortunes for EU pigmeat and sheepmeat producers so far in 2021.
Dairy Trends: market signals still good for key commodities
Market sentiment and purchasing power is good, so prices stay high for key dairy commodities.
Is the timing right for a Brexit Impact Loan for farmers?
As agri commodity prices have increased post Brexit and the impact of Brexit for farmers has yet to be felt, will the Brexit Impact Loan Scheme serve mitigate Brexit risk at farm level.
Milk prices continue upward trend
More co-op boards met this week to set September milk price and review market information.
Fendt 824 with 13,250-hours makes €80,500 at auction
A 2004 registered Fendt 824 Turboshift with 13,250 hours sold for €80,500 pus VAT and commission at an online mahcinery auction in the Netherlands last week.
1975 Ford 7000 scoops €25,400 at Carlow auction
A tidy example of a 1975 built Ford 7000 was sold for €25,400 plus commission (no VAT) to a bidder from Wales at Michael Doyle Auctioneers' online machinery auction last Thursday, 14 October.
Amazone cultivation and crop care equipment updates
Last week, Amazone held its pre-Agritechnica press launch. Among updates to existing ranges a number of new machines were unveiled. Gary Abbott outlines some of the standout announcements.
High demand for females at annual Salers sale
A number of female lots went north of the border, as well as being bought by bidders right across Ireland.
44ac with farmhouse and yard in Co Meath
The farm is in a good location and goes for auction in early November.
Latest auction results from around the country
Here are the latest auction results from counties Kilkenny, Offaly and Dublin.
44ac tillage field in Co Meath for auction
The land is bordered by the River Boyne and is in good fertile condition.
Work progressing on Tullamore Farm’s new slatted shed
The four-bay tank has been poured and the aim is to have the tank back filled, slats on and pads for the shed stanchions down by the end of the month.
Chemical nitrogen-free pastures can be the future – Hackett
Minister Hackett has called on livestock farmers to consider trying out new ways of managing their pastures.
Advice for policymakers at climate conference
Jason Clay has said that progress on commitments made at the UN’s Climate Change conference needs to be reported on an annual basis.
New CAP: dairy-beef, forestry and leader funding
There is €5m allocated per annum for a dairy beef welfare scheme while LEADER funding is included at a total of €180m over the lifetime of the Rural Development Programme.
Minister clarifies forest carbon ownership
The State is not trading or seeking to trade the carbon sequestered in farmers’ forests, Minister McConalogue says.
News in-brief from Northern Ireland
DAERA finalising ammonia strategy for NI and high profile speakers set for climate change event
Northern Ireland diary of events
Sales and events happening across the NI agri-food industry over the next week
Scottish lamb price keeps rising with a 22kg lamb now worth £114
The Scottish lamb price is rising in abattoirs and marts, while the beef price is steady.
Scotland halts cattle decline
The number of cattle in Scotland has rise for the first time in seven years.
Life
Rooster’s, the Galway café that’s keeping farmers’ food local
Tommy Staunton and Noel O’Connor believe local food should be available in rural towns. It’s the very ethos of their newly opened Rooster’s Café and Farm Shop in Gort, writes Anne O’Donoghue
Memories from agricultural college: borrowing a pair of trousers in The Kebabery
No night out is complete without an extra large doner kebab with extra chilli sauce, writes Liam Clancy, as he remembers his time in agricultural college
A Week in the Country
Find out what the ICL team were up to this week in the country.
Healthbytes
Want to know who should get the flu jab this winter, or where you can avail of six free counselling sessions if you are going through a difficult time? Margaret Hawkins has these Healthbytes and more
Watch: you don't need a recipe to make great pesto
Use what you have in your fridge, pantry or garden to make a few jars of delicious pesto – you just need to follow these easy tips. Janine Kennedy writes.