It’s been a good week for…

  • Some 79,000 farmers in the Area of Natural Constraints (ANC) Scheme, as payments worth €168.5m are set to land in their bank accounts this week.
  • Live exporters, as they sent a boatload of 2,400 young bulls to Libya on Tuesday, the first shipment from Ireland to a third country since early May.
  • Dairy heifer sales around the country, as they have gotten off to a good start - demand is high for in-calf heifers as farmers stock up for next season.
  • The National Ploughing Championships, as record-breaking crowds attended the event, with almost 300,000 visitors making it through the gates over the three days.
    • Aurivo group, as it has unveiled a new €6m investment in its processing facility in Killygordon, Co Donegal, which will double its capacity.

    It’s been a bad week for…

  • Dairy farmers in Northern Ireland, as milk processors have cut base prices for August below 25p/litre.
  • One meat processing factory, as beef carcase classification officers applied the standard on-the-spot-fine for excess trimming.
  • Sheep farmers, as lamb prices have been cut by 10p/kg at Northern Ireland processing plants in comparison to last week.
  • Kepak Group, as it has confirmed that it has indefinitely postponed a major €6.5m investment at its Clare site Drumquin as a result of ongoing “illegal blockades”.
  • Members of the Beef Plan Movement, as Dawn Meats is considering legal proceedings against Hugh Doyle, co-chair of the Beef Plan Movement.
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