Irish Farmers Journal nightly news: milk price cut and sheep kill
Have you missed out on any of the top stories today? Catch up with the top five stories from today, Monday 12 March.
  • Glanbia has cut its milk price for February.
  • Up to 40 sheep have been killed in a Co Dublin dog attack.
  • From birth registrations to sales and live exports, it has been a record week for calf movements.
  • Dairy was confirmed to be the main driver in agricultural output increase in 2017, according to the latest CSO figures.
  • The Swiss-Irish bakery group Aryzta has again posted heavy losses.
  • Photo of the day

    Courtesy of the Irish Farmers Journal picture desk here is our photo of the day:

    Kenny Smith is a farm worker on Rory Dwyer's dairy farm in St Margarets, Co Dublin. He also rears pedigree milking Shorthorns which he shows at various agricultural shows around the country. \ Philip Doyle

    Kenny Smith is a farm worker on Rory Dwyer's dairy farm in St Margarets, Co Dublin. He also rears pedigree milking Shorthorns, which he shows at various agricultural shows around the country. \ Philip Doyle

    DeLaval launches new rotary parlour
    DeLaval has said its latest rotary milking parlour will focus on labour efficiency at a time when labour is becoming increasingly challenging for dairy farmers.

    DeLaval has launched a new rotary parlour in Ireland and the UK. The E100 rotary is focused around animal welfare, milk quality, farm profitability and work efficiency, according to DeLaval.

    Gary Edwards, CMS Solutions manager, stated: “The DeLaval E100 rotary has been designed around the customer’s and the animal’s needs. It has been designed as a complete milking system focussing on cow flow, cow comfort, efficiency and comfort for the milker.

    “Combined with DelPro™ herd management software, it really offers the farmer complete control of his herd, making it easier for him to make management decisions. When working in conjunction with the unique DeLaval teat spray robot, it is incredibly labour efficient when labour is becoming increasingly challenging for dairy farmers.”

    The parlour, DeLaval says, encourages calm cow flow by utilising a low-profile bail. Rapid entry and exit from the parlour is also prioritised in order to improve throughput. The parlour can be operated by one person, something DeLaval says can improve work efficiency.

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    New DeLaval milking system aims to increase capacity and decrease costs

    New parlour making waves in Kerry

    Cows loose on Meath road
    Motorists travelling on the R154 near Kiltale, Co Meath, are advised there are reports of cows loose on the road.

    The AA roadwatch has received reports of cows loose along a regional road in Co Meath. The incident has been reported near Kiltale on the Trim/Batterstown road (R154).

    The reports were recieved at 8.30am and gardaí are en-route to deal with the situation.

    Widespread drop in points for agricultural courses
    A number of agricultural science courses across the country have seen a reduction in the 2018 entry points requirement, as students opt for engineering courses.

    Agricultural courses have seen a widespread drop in points, as many students opt for construction-orientated courses. Over 50,000 students will receive first-round higher-education offers today after getting their Leaving Cert results last week.

    Agricultural courses at UCD, Dundalk IT and IT Tralee all experienced drops. General entry to agricultural science at UCD dropped by just four points to 451 but agri-environmental science fell by 20 points. Dairy business went in the opposite direction moving up to 30 points to 432. IT Tralee courses had some of the largest drops, with its Level 8 agricultural science course falling by 16 points and its Level 7 equivalent falling by 33 points.

    Waterford IT was one of the few colleges to buck the trend, with both Level 8 and Level 7 agriculture courses jumping by 14 points and 18 points respectively. Agricultural engineering at Galway-Mayo IT saw a significant increase of 25 points.


    The increase in interest in engineering courses was reflected across the board. For general engineering courses at UCD, Trinity and NUI Galway points are up from anywhere between 10 and 30. It is likely this has been driven by the rising demand from industry for people with those skills.

    Construction management at Dublin IT increased by 20 points to 346, while project and construction management at NUI Galway jumped a massive 32 points to reach 402.

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    Nearly 300 agricultural science students hit top Leaving Cert marks