It was a good week for…

  • Beef farmers, as the European Commission has approved a Brexit compensation package worth €100m for the sector.
  • Tillage farmers, as a new organisation, Tillage Industry Ireland (TII), has been set up to promote the tillage sector.
  • Animal Health Ireland, as it is on track to eradicate BVD from cattle herds by 2020, as incidents of the disease continues to fall rapidly.
  • Monaghan farmers, as a rigorous TB control plan introduced in the county last September is beginning to show steady improvement, with hopes of continued progress.
  • It was a bad week for…

  • Farmers who own guns, as they could be forced to replace 100,000 guns at a cost of tens of millions of euros under EU proposals to ban lead ammunition.
  • Sheep farmers, as cuts to lamb prices in recent weeks have cost €20 to €23 per head in comparison with the same time last year.
  • Suckler cow numbers, as agricultural research leaders warned of a fall by 100,000 in the next 10 years, at the Beef Summit.
  • The Glanbia Kepak Twenty20 club, as members of the Oireachtas agriculture committee said the scheme was anti-competitive.