Irish Farmers Journal breakfast bulletin: straw scarcity and animal medicine ban
In the news today, Thursday 14 June: worries as a straw scarcity is on the cards and the impact of milk price cuts.

Weather forecast

According to Met Éireann, it will be windy to start to the day, especially in the north of the country. The wind is expected to ease throughout the day, with sunny spells in addition to a few rain showers.

Rain will be heaviest in the west and north, with highest temperatures between 15°C and 19°C.

In the news

  • Late planting and stunted growth means straw yield forecasts for spring crops are well down.
  • Some 31,000 animals born since the start of compulsory BVD testing in January 2013 do not have a valid test result.
  • The European Parliament has agreed a near final text on new animal medicine rules.
  • The RDP for CAP post-2020 should be increased by 25% to €5bn over the period 2020- 2027, the IFA has said.
  • More than 9,300 farmers submitted an amendment to their Basic Payment Scheme application
  • Coming up on

  • Agri-jobs
  • What’s on today

  • Finn Valley Community health forum, 7pm-9.30pm
  • To find out about events near you, visit our agri-events calendar.

    Nearly 300 agricultural science students hit top Leaving Cert marks
    Nearly 8,000 students sat agricultural science in the Leaving Cert this year, with a third of students at higher level achieving 70% or greater.

    Of the 6,543 students who sat higher-level agricultural science, 295 (4.5%) have achieved the highest possible grade of one, which has replaced an A1. Since 2017, Leaving Certificate students are graded from one to eight, with one equalling 90% to 100%, two equalling 80% to 90% and so on.


    In total, 57,149 students sat the Leaving Certificate, down 2.4% on the year before. Of this, 7,780 students sat agricultural science with nearly 80% of students opting to sit the higher level paper.

    A grade of three was the most common result in the higher-level exam, with nearly 19% of candidates achieving this result. Over a third of students received a grade three or greater.

    A grade of six was the most common at ordinary level, with 28% of students receiving this mark. It was closely followed by a grade five at 24%.


    The State Examinations Commission (SEC) has said that this year’s results are broadly in line with those obtained in 2017. They have reminded all candidates that detailed information about viewing their scripts and appealing their results can be found in the 2018 candidate information booklet.

    A helpline will be operating from early on 15 August to provide information and advice to students and parents. The helpline number operated by the National Parents’ Council is 1800 265 165

    The farmer’s daily wrap: UK short on fodder too and calls for import scheme
    Read all about the top five farming stories and check out the weather outlook for Wednesday 14 August.

    Weather forecast

    Tonight will be cloudy and misty, with rain and drizzle extending gradually to most areas, according to Met Éireann. It will be mild and humid, with hill and coastal fog.

    Tomorrow, Wednesday, will be mostly cloudy in Munster and Leinster, with scattered outbreaks of rain and drizzle. Drier conditions will develop in much of Connacht and Ulster, with a few bright spells for a time. Outbreaks of showery rain will develop in the west and northwest later. Maximum temperatures will range from 17°C to 22°C.

    In the news

  • UK breeders say that fodder shortages are also a major concern for them.
  • Fianna Fáil has called for the a fodder import subsidy to be up and running immediately.
  • The first shipment of Northern Irish beef has landed in the Philippines.
  • Kerry has set the price for its forward milk price scheme.
  • Calls have been made for signs warning motorists to watch out for cyclists to be placed on rural roads.
  • Coming up this Wednesday

  • See the latest Tullamore Farm update.