It’s been a good week for…

  • Fertiliser buyers in Northern Ireland (NI), as end-of-season deals are available, with straight nitrogen products £30/t to £40/t down on what was paid in spring.
  • Pig producers, as prices have climbed 40c/kg since last year and have now stabilised in the region of €1.80 to €1.82/kg.

  • Kilkenny man Eamon Corcoran, as he won Hereford prime farmer of the year.
  • Live exporters, as they have stepped up a gear from last week, exporting almost 5,000 young bulls, which will act as vital support to the weanling trade.
  • It’s been a bad week for…

  • Over 70 farmers, as their compensation claims are now in limbo over the liquidation of Castleblayney Livestock Mart.
  • Some 54,000 farmers, as they will lose out in CAP cuts as a result of a €363m-shaped hole in farmers’ direct payments under proposals for the next CAP.
  • Tillage farmers supplying Glanbia, as they have reduced the base price of green barley by 33% in comparison with last year’s harvest.
  • Dairy farmers, as Irish milk prices continue to decrease for August, despite global prices continuing to rise.
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