Agri jobs: assistant mart manager, dairy and pig staff wanted
In this week’s agri jobs, we bring you the latest job opportunities that are out there at the moment in the industry.

Assistant mart manager

New Ross Mart in Co Wexford is looking to hire an assistant mart manager.

The successful candidate will manage and oversee high value clients’ accounts and will report to the general manager.

Experience working in accounts is an advantage and previous sales, customer service or account management will also help.

For more details on this position, click here.

Dairy farm assistant

A dairy farm assistant is required in Co Cork to work on a modern grass-based spring-calving herd of 330 cows.

Excellent facilities and conditions are available and accommodation can be provided.

Dairy experience is desirable.

To apply for this job, click here.

Assistant farm manager

An assistant farm manager is required for a 280 cow spring-calving herd in Co Kilkenny.

There is a good family working environment and accommodation is provided, with a good salary for the right candidate.

For further details, click here.

Farrowing house staff

Farrowing house staff are wanted for a large modernised pig unit based near Kilnaleck, Co. Cavan.

The successful candidate will be a full-time general operative.

For more information, click here.

Herdsperson

A herdsperson is required in northeast Cork for a 190 cow spring-calving herd.

Duties will include milking on a 20 unit parlour, machinery work and so forth.

Good facilities are available and a flexible rota. Experience is necessary.

To apply for this position, click here.

Another fall in Global Dairy Trade prices
The latest Global Dairy Trade shows a drop in the price of butter but rise in whole milk powder price.

The latest Global Dairy Trade shows a drop in the price of butter but a rise in the whole milk powder price.

The event for this week concluded with the GDT Price Index down 1.7%

The price of butter dipped 8.1% to €4,237/t, cheddar 3.3% to €3,076.38/t, skim milk powder increased 0.8% to €1,675.92/t and milk powder is up 1.5% to €2,543.40/t.

In addition, rennet casein is down 9.5%, to €3,937/t.

Simplicity at the core of Wicklow Better Farm
Brian Doran farms grassland and tillage in Co Wicklow, with a large crowd attending his farm walk.

A crowd of over 200 people attended the first of two Teagasc/ Irish Farmers Journal BETTER Farm Beef Challenge walks taking place on Brian Doran's farm just outside Carnew in Co Wicklow.

Brian is farming 43ha of grassland and 41ha of tillage. The grassland area is split into two blocks. The 32ha main block is situated around the yard, with the remaining 11ha five miles away.

Simplicity is at the core of Brian’s system, with 50 suckler cows and calves running in one block and a 55 steers and heifers running in another. All progeny are sold as steer and heifer beef.

The walk of Brian's farm includes five main stand focusing on areas and BETTER farm challenges such as herd health, breeding, grassland management, meeting the markets and dealing with the current drought and fodder problems.

The farm is no different to many farms across the country and is feeding both silage and concentrates in an effort to prolong the rotation and save what grass covers are left.

Each of the stands generated a good discussion between the audience and the speakers which included members of the Irish Farmers Journal livestock team, the BETTER farm management team and local Teagasc B&T advisors.

Here are just some of the main quotes from the day:

"Going forward, Brian's farm is capable of producing a gross margin of €1210/ha, a rise of almost €400/ha in five years” – Tommy Cox, Teagasc BETTER farm programme adviser.

“Reducing the calving spread has definitely reduced the labour on the farm. I like the black Limousin cows, lots of milk and easy calved” – Brian Doran, host BETTER farmer.

“Grazing infrastructure, soil fertility, grazing management and reseeding are the most important points of grassland management, in that order” – Hugh Mahon, Teagasc B&T adviser.

“If you are to take only one thing from today, it is that lime is the single most critical factor in soil fertility and in growing more grass” – Bob Sheriff, Teagasc B&T adviser.

“There definitely isn’t enough knowledge around the pricing grid system among farmers” – Denis Brennan, Slaney Foods

“Quality assurance is the bare minimum requirement from all our suooer market customers. It’s an absolute must for us when we are selling our beef.” – Denis Brennan, Slaney Foods

Another walk is scheduled for 5pm this evening on Brian Doran’s farm. On Thursday, the Teagasc/ Irish Farmers Journal BETTER Farm Beef challenge will head west to Nigel O’Kane's farm in Co Galway for another two BETTER Farm beef challenge walks.

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