Irish Farmers Journal breakfast bulletin: women in business and broken weather
In the news today, Friday 10 November: women in agriculture meet, a broken weekend of weather and where will the fodder come from.

Weather forecast

Friday will start bright for most places with just a few well-scattered showers. However, it will turn for the worse as we progress through the day according to Met Éireann.

Cloud will increase from around midday and with that cloud will come rain from the southwest in the afternoon and evening.

Temperatures will range from 9°C to 12°C.

The rain on Friday night will become quite heavy and more persistent but it will clear to the southeast as we progress into Saturday morning.

We’ll have more on the weekend weather later today.

In the news

  • According to a new hard-hitting report carried out by the ICSA, half of crimes against farmers are never reported.
  • Analysis by the Irish Farmers Journal reveals that a very large volume of steers being presented for slaughter are grading O- or less with the factories concerned about the plain quality of cattle.
  • The west’s awake. Aurivo came out top of the pile in the latest milk league paying its suppliers more than any other co-op.
  • Fears that farmers in the west and northwest will run out of fodder before the cattle leave the shed next year is growing. We talk to more farmers in a difficult scenario.
  • And finally, is it a Zebo or a Zebu? We take a look at some of the more unusual cattle breeds registered in Ireland this year.
  • Coming up on

  • We have what your weekend weather will look like.
  • The Minister for Agriculture and Mick Wallace TD are unlikely to be exchanging Christmas cards after a Dáil exchange.
  • Farmers along the border are fearing a surge in cattle rustling again. We speak to some farmers.
  • Could farmers in Northern Ireland be hit with an MOT-style test for their tractor?
  • What’s on today

  • Just one event on the calendar today but it is an important one. The Ceres network of women in agriculture inaugural conference is on in the Convention Centre in Dublin from 9.30am to 1pm. The Irish Farmers Journal will be reporting live throughout the day from there.
  • To find out more about events near you, visit our agri-events calendar.

    The farmer's daily wrap: M&S protest and weather warning
    Catch up with all the headlines from the day and get a look ahead at tomorrow's weather.

    Weather forecast

    Wet and windy conditions are forecast by Met Éireann for Saturday with the risk of severe and potentially damaging gusts during the evening.

    The rain will be heavy and persistent at times, with localised surface flooding possible.

    Maximum afternoon temperatures will range 7°C to 11°C degrees generally.

    Strong to gale force southeasterly winds will veer west to northwest during the course of the afternoon and evening.

    In the news

  • Farmers from the IFA held a protest outside Marks & Spencer in Liffey Valley on Friday over reductions on the shelf price of some vegetables and potatoes to as low as 20c/kg.
  • Met Éireann has issued yellow weather warnings for the whole country that will be in place for all 24 hours of Saturday.
  • The PSNI is seeking information to help in the recovery of 20 cattle that have been reported stolen from Armagh.
  • Co-ops have suggested a weakening of dairy markets is reflected in lower milk prices, but IFA dairy chair Tom Phelan said the signs are there to hold the price.
  • Co Down-based agri supplier and contractor Joseph Walls spread lime for a customer near Castletown, Co Meath, earlier this week.
    Watch: farmers protest over low vegetable prices in Dublin
    Farmers from the IFA held a protest outside Marks & Spencer in Liffey Valley on Friday over reductions on the shelf price of some vegetables and potatoes to as low as 20c/kg.

    Potato and vegetable growers held a protest outside Marks and Spencer in Liffey Valley, Dublin, on Friday over the below-cost selling of Irish produce.

    Speaking to the Irish Farmers Journal, IFA potato chair Thomas McKeown said that Marks & Spencer was selling 2kg of potatoes at 39c.

    "This works out at €180/t. The costs we've had all year between the drought, the wet spring at the start and yields - yields are way back.

    "In fairness, supermarkets during the year helped during the drought, but this has started up now pre-Christmas.

    "There's absolutely no need for it. Veering away from potatoes, there's Brussels sprouts in there [M&S] - €3.00 for Spanish sprouts and 39c for Irish ones - that's wrong."

    For more on the protest, pick up next week's Irish Farmers Journal.

    Read more

    IFA protests outside M&S store over 'predatory pricing model'

    Retailers warned against Christmas food discounting

    Weather warning: up to 50mm of rain expected tomorrow
    Met Éireann has issued two weather warnings for Saturday 15 December.

    Unsettled weather is to bring rainfall of 30mm to 50mm across the country on Saturday 15 December.

    Met Éireann issued a yellow weather warning for the whole country that will be in place for all 24 hours of Saturday.

    It is predicting that heavy rain could see rainfalls in excess of 50mm in some mountainous areas.

    Wind warning

    A yellow wind warning has also been issued, as gusts of up to 110km/h are likely for Saturday afternoon.

    The warning is in place for all of the country, as south to southeast winds reach 55km/h to 60km/h on Saturday morning.

    The winds will be strongest in the east and will veer west to northwest into the afternoon and evening.

    They will further increase to reach speeds of 55km/h to 65km/h.

    Gusts associated with these winds will range from 90km/h to 110km/h.