Budget 2019: no increase in carbon tax on diesel
Farmers will escape an increase in the carbon tax applicable to fossil fuels, including agri diesel, for another year.

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said in this Tuesday's Budget announcement that he wanted to put Ireland on "a trajectory to increase the carbon tax until 2030". However, he stopped short of announcing an increase in the tax next year.

  • Amount: €200m
  • The carbon tax on motor fuels, heating oil and solid fuels such as coal and briquettes will stay at €20/t of CO2 emissions. The Climate Change Advisory Council had recommended a minimum of €30/t, which would have added €200m to the tax take at current consumption levels.
  • The freeze in the carbon tax for another year means fuels, including diesel, won't see a corresponding price increase. It also means that renewable energy, including the potential development of farm-based biogas and solar power, will remain less competitive when compared with fossil fuels.
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    Our top photos from the last week include baling and sowing.

    Collecting bales in the Phoenix Park

    Pat Walsh of Walsh Agri collecting bales in the Phoenix Park. Pat has two John Deere tractors and a Massey Ferguson for the job. They started the job back in August, collecting a number of square bales, and are finishing the job now in October. \ Ferdia Mooney

    Baling haylage in Co Kildare

    Fintan Kiernan from Straffan, Co Kildare baling haylage. Fintan sells hay, silage and straw and also runs other businesses from his farm. He says in the current climate its very important that farmers diversify rather than relying on one revenue stream. \ Philip Doyle

    John Dolwing in Co Carlow

    John Dowling from Galvins Bridge, Co Carlow has been collecting many various breeds of sheep for his 14-year old daughter Michela. They currently have over ten breeds including Bluefaced Leicesters, Dutch Texels and Dorsets. John is sorting them by breed before introducing them to the ram. As their various flocks have grown, John has taken on more land and built a new shed. \ Philip Doyle

    Sowing maize in Co Carlow

    Contractor Alfie Byrne and his team sowing maize in Kildavin, Co Carlow. Waiti Petera is operating the drill and Brendan Murphy is loosening up the ground with the tractor. They are sowing the Pioneer 8200 variety, using the Samco drill and sowing 40,000 plants to the acre. \ Patrick Browne

    My farming week in Co Wicklow

    Donal Kavanagh is a dairy farmer in Baltinglass, Co Wicklow. He is milking 200 Holstein Friesians on a split winter/spring milk system, with the help of his wife Fiona and their three children Cliona, Mark and Aoife. \ Philip Doyle

    Niall McGuinness in Co Galway

    Niall McGuinness from Ballymana, Co Galway feeding haylage to his cattle and collecting tyres from around the yard for The Irish Farm Film Producers Group (IFFPG) tyre collection in Athenry Mart. \ David Ruffles

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    'Strong demand' for milk lorry and feed delivery haulage course
    17 October was the deadline for applications for the Dairygold/ CETB Driver Training Programme.

    Dairygold has reported strong demand for the Dairygold/ CETB Driver Training Programme, which aims to address the shortage of qualified drivers across the haulage sector in Ireland.

    Applications are currently being processed and Dairygold is confident that it will fill the maximum allocation of 20 places for the first professional driver training programme.

    The course is due to commence at the end of November and will involve a 15-week training programme, which will be based in Mallow.

    “Successful applicants will be allocated to Dairygold’s hauliers across all transport lanes, eg milk collection and feed deliveries.

    “The demand and interest in the driver training programme was strong and very positive. A decision on further training programmes will be made in due course,” a spokesperson for Dairygold told the Irish Farmers Journal.

    As the dairy industry continues to expand, there is an ever-growing need for skilled and qualified drivers to support the logistics of milk collection and feed delivery, Billy Cronin, head of supply chain at Dairygold, said when the course was announced a number of weeks ago.

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    Over 400 farmers travel to fourth tyre recycling centre
    The fourth tyre recycling centre was at Gortdrum Mines in Monard, Co Tipperary, on Saturday.

    A total of 850 tonnes of tyres were collected from 400 farmers in Tipperary on Saturday. The average volume collected at each of the four bring centres now stands at 1,000t.

    While this is the final planned disposal day with the Irish Farm Films Producers Group (IFFPG), farmers have called for further "bring centres".

    The IFA is calling for a national scheme to be rolled out so that there is one recycling point opened in each county.

    IFA environment chair Thomas Cooney said the association has sought a meeting with Minister for State at the Department of Environment Seán Canney.

    “We look forward to working with him and his officials to build on the good work so far and ensure we all play our part in keeping the countryside clean,” Cooney said.

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    Equivalent of 350,000 car tyres collected from bring centres