It was a good week for…

  • Irish farmers, as European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan said that the Commission would back farmers in the event of a no-deal Brexit and that farmers should be supported.
  • Farmers looking to put solar panels on their land, as €10m worth of grants will be available to all farmers for solar PV installation and LED lighting under the next tranche of TAMS.
  • Beef farmers, as a Meath-based exporter plans to send 3,500 weanling bulls to Turkey at the end of April.
  • Ornua, as a court in the US dismissed a case against the company which challenged whether Kerrygold butter is produced from solely grass-fed cows.
  • It was a bad week for…

  • The IFA, as it was revealed that it operates a two-tier system for its member services, based on whether or not a member pays the IFA levy.
  • Sheep farmers, as Ray Doyle of ICOS said that the requirement for lambs sold through marts to be tagged with a full set of EID tags will destroy lamb sales.
  • Calf exports, as they remained constrained by lairage and shipping issues this week, as storm Gareth forced ferry companies to refuse livestock trucks on Tuesday’s sailings.
  • Milk prices, as two out of four milk processors cut their prices for February supplies of manufacturing milk.