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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