Young farmers: Cork sisters blazing a trail to glory
Darren Carty
Having developed their own sheep flocks, Lucy accomplished a big ambition in 2023 when her All-Ireland winning Perth Blackface sheep were front and centre at the National Ploughing Championships.
27 November 2023 Markets
Sheep price update: disappointment as quotes fall 10c/kg
Base quotes eased by 5c/kg to 10c/kg over the weekend, leaving quotes at a range of €6.25/kg to €6.40/kg plus the respective quality assurance payments.
26 November 2023 Management
The sheep clean livestock policy refresher course
Poor weather and difficult ground conditions have brought the sheep livestock policy back into the spotlight.
Spanish lamb prices hit €8.90/kg
Prices have surpassed the French market, where farmgate lamb prices are running in the region of €8.53/kg.
25 November 2023 News
Further SCEP extension to female replacement strategy
SCEP participants who have not satisfied the 50% female replacement requirement on 31 October or 24 November will now have until 22 January 2024 to do so.
24 November 2023 News
Inherited land eligible for income tax lease relief
A seven-year holding requirement has been placed on purchased farm land before it can qualify for income tax relief on long-term leasing arrangements.
22 November 2023 News
Stocking rate and weaning rate central to profitability
The 2022 Teagasc National Farm Survey shows the top third performing farms achieved a gross margin of €1,509/ha compared to €821 for the middle and €270 for the bottom third.
22 November 2023 News
Donegal tops farm safety payment claims
The 288 payment claims were almost twice the number submitted by any other county and represent some 20% of all submissions for payment.
22 November 2023 Schemes
Just 14,500 lime payment claims submitted
The low uptake equates to only 35% of approvals and means that at best €8.5m of the €16m budget allocated will be utilised.
22 November 2023 News
€19m paid to 17,000 farmers under Sheep Improvement Scheme
There are in the region of 2,000 applicants who have not received payment and the Department is urging any applicants with outstanding evidence to support their application to submit this immediately.
22 November 2023 News
Sheep mart comment: lambs up €2 to €5/head as ewes firmer too
There is variation reported between sales, with some marts witnessing prices for heavy lambs rising by up to €5/head, while there is more bite in the trade for ewes.
22 November 2023 Markets
Sheep Trends: quotes static but deals being done
Base quotes range from €6.35/kg to €6.50/kg, leaving opening prices for quality assured lambs at €6.50/kg to €6.60/kg and returns to regular sellers and groups at €6.70/kg to €6.80/kg.
22 November 2023 Markets