It was a good week for…

  • Calf exports, as confidence is growing that calf export capacity will increase dramatically ahead of the spring peak.
  • Suckler farmers, as the Department of Agriculture announced that the BEEP scheme is to">open next week to applications.

  • Sexed semen, as AI technicians report an upward trend in the use of sexed semen in NI dairy herds this winter.
  • An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, as he got himself somewhat back into the good books of Irish farmers after his comments on cutting down on red meat when he told the IFA AGM that the Government will request emergency Brexit aid for beef, dairy and fishermen in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • It was a bad week for…

  • Sheikh Mohammed, Coolmore Stud, Larry Goodman and their likes, as IFA president Joe Healy called them out in his IFA AGM speech, saying that they were not genuine farmers.
  • A farmer in the west of Ireland, as he was conned out of €30,000 by a machinery con-artist based in France.
  • Dairy farmers, as Ornua has decided to ban the use of chlorine-based detergents used to wash milking parlours and milk processing plants.
  • Munster pig farmers, as five commercial producers have put their pig units up for sale or lease as a result of them deciding to quit production.