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Good week, bad week: winners and losers in farming this week
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Good week, bad week: winners and losers in farming this week

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We reflect on those who had a week to remember in the farming world and those who had a week to forget.
We reflect on those who had a week to remember in the farming world and those who had a week to forget.

Good week for

  • Irish food and drink exports, as Bord Bia revealed yet another year of record growth.
  • Tackling rural crime, as burglaries fell by 23% in November and December, according to figures released by gardaí.
  • Splashing the cash, as the Department of Agriculture is to spend €28m on computer systems to upgrade IT systems that deal with farmer schemes.
  • Moving stock, as around 2,000 high-quality breeding cattle are to be shipped to Turkey next week, with hopes more will go in the future.
  • Dairy, with news that a second Chinese company is to open an infant formula manufacturing plant in Ireland.
  • Bad week for

  • Farming in the west, as the number of people employed in agriculture has fallen by over 40% since 1996.
  • Milk prices, as Dairygold CEO Jim Woulfe has warned that average milk prices could struggle to stay above 30c/l in 2018.
  • Fodder supplies, as a survey at the Inishowen Co-op beef seminar revealed Donegal farmers are 26% short of the fodder they need.
  • Farm safety, as medics at Cork University Hospital (CUH) raise concerns about the lack of mandatory safety training for farmers.
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