Agri jobs: dairy workers, tractor drivers and farm managers wanted
In this week’s agri jobs, there are opportunities in Munster, Leinster, America and Scotland writes Conor Sampson.

Farm assistant

A 140-cow dairy farm in Cork is seeking a farm worker for spring 2019. The herd is high EBI, grass-based and compact calving.

The successful candidate will be involved in milking, calf rearing, machinery work and general spring time jobs.

The hours are flexible and the role is part-time, with the possibility of permanency due to further expansion plans.

Experience is preferred but not essential. The farm is located 15 minutes from Cork city by car.

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Dairy farm worker

An experienced dairy farm worker is needed on a farm in north Cork. The successful candidate will avail of good facilities and work conditions.

Accommodation can be provided.

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Dairy herd manager

A dairy herd manager is required on a 600-cow farm in southwest Scotland.

The successful applicant will get the opportunity to lead a team in day to day management of a large dairy farm.

The farm has modern facilities and accommodation is provided.

Candidates must be experienced. Excellent remuneration is available depending on the candidate’s level of experience.

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Herdsperson

A farm in Co Kilkenny is looking for a reliable herdsperson.

The successful applicant must have a clean drivers licence and must also be willing to work every second weekend.

Competency in the areas of feeding, herding, bedding and machinery operation is required.

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Tractor driver and general operative

A sports grounds contractor in Newcastle, Co Dublin is seeking an experienced tractor driver and general operative.

The successful candidate must have a full driving licence, a good knowledge of machinery and be able to work as part of a team in a busy contracting business.

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Tractor driver

A merchant in Kilkenny requires a tractor driver. The successful candidate will be required to carry out bulk fertiliser spreading, loading shovel work as well as general store work.

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Dairy farm worker

A 200-cow dairy farm in Co Tipperary is looking for an enthusiastic farm worker. The successful candidate will avail of good farm facilities. Previous milking experience is necessary.

The position is full-time, with a salary of between €35,000 and €40,000 on offer.

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Machinery operator

American company Demaray Harvesting is seeking machinery operators to drive combines, tractors and trucks.

Successful applicants will be provided with H2A Visas. The working season will be from April until December.

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Dairy assistant

A dairy farm in Co Cork requires a dairy assistant. The successful applicant will avail of flexible hours and very good working conditions.

The farm is located near Mitchelstown.

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Dairy farm worker

A dairy farm worker/milker is needed on a Tipperary dairy farm.

The post is full-time, with set working times but it can be made part time for the right candidate.

The successful applicant must be experienced. The farm is located in the Mitchelstown area.

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Tractor driver

A busy Laois farm is seeking tractor drivers. Duties for the successful candidate will include spreading dung and slurry etc.

Candidates must have previous experience operating farm machinery.

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General farm worker

A livestock farm in Co Meath requires help during the lambing and calving season. The successful applicant must have a full driving licence.

For more information click here.

Farm manager

A role as a farm manager is available on a Co Cork farm. Candidates may apply to be considered for either a management role or a partnership role.

For more information, click here.

Beef and dairy bosses demand Brexit action from Creed
Imposing tariffs on exports would "cripple trade", meat and dairy factory representatives have warned.

Beef and dairy bosses braced for a hard Brexit have handed a list of demands to Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed.

With 65 days remaining to salvage a Brexit deal, the nightmare scenario of a no-deal is becoming ever more likely.

A delegation including Aurivo’s Aaron Forde, ABP’s Martin Kane, Larry Murrin of Dawn Farms Foods, Cormac Healy of Meat Industry Ireland and Conor Mulvihill of Dairy Industry Ireland, met with Minister Creed on Tuesday.

Dairy co-ops want dual British-Irish status for Northern Ireland milk, export refunds and other trade supports. They called for a freeze on tariffs in the event of a no-deal Brexit and direct income aid for farmers.

Meat factory representatives warned that if tariffs are imposed on exports to the UK “it would cripple trade”, with the additional danger of sterling devaluation in a no-deal outcome.

They called for extra resources to ensure speedy border checks and increased ferry capacity and routes for direct shipping to the continent.

While European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan reassured farmers Brussels is poised to swoop to their aid, a Commission spokesman confirmed a hard border is inevitable unless the British reach an agreement with the EU or delay their withdrawal.

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No-deal Brexit to add 21c/l in cheddar processing costs

EU 'stands ready' to support farmers - Hogan
European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan has assured farmers that Europe is planning for all possible outcomes from Brexit negotiations.

European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan has moved to reassure farmers that the EU stands ready to intervene in markets to protect prices in the event of a hard Brexit.

“We have to prepare for the worst. The European Union stands ready to help Irish and EU farmers in the event of a hard Brexit,” Commissioner Hogan said, addressing a crowd of more than 250 farmers at the Kilkenny IFA annual dinner dance on Saturday night.

“We have the tools ready to intervene, including Aid to Private Storage, intervention and a revision of state aid rules,” he added.

Slow

His words will help give farmers comfort that, while Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has been slow to commit to supports, plans for a safety net at EU level are well advanced.

Hogan reassured farmers that the EU is ready for all scenarios, but warned that the Government must also be ready and ensure the necessary infrastructure is in place to ensure products can continue to move through ports.

Gloomy

While a no-deal Brexit paints a gloomy picture, vice president of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness is reminding farmers that it could be avoided if a deal is reached between the EU and UK. But, she says, plans are being put in place to deal with a no-deal scenario.

“There are deep concerns about the consequences,” McGuinness told the Irish Farmers Journal.

“We will need to be looking at how you are going to support a vulnerable sector, that will call for money.

"All of those things will have to be discussed in the short period of time before the United Kingdom leaves.”

Lamb prices rocketing ahead
The trade for all types of lamb is strong currently boosting farmers' confidence in the sector.

Factory agents are scouring the country in the hunt for slaughter-fit lambs.

Prices have hardened significantly over the past number of weeks.

Farmers are securing €5.25/kg to €5.30/kg, with specialised feeders negotiating in excess of €5.40/kg for lambs.

The mart trade is booming for all types of lambs currently.

Fleshed factory-fit lambs are selling over €120/head, with €125/head common for lambs weighing over 50kg.

The store lamb trade is on fire, with prices of €2.50/kg to €2.80/kg and higher being recognised for hill-bred lambs.