Quality cattle to the fore in Ennis Mart

Michael O'Doherty and his son Darragh from Mullagh, Co Clare, attending the heifer sale at Ennis Mart. earlier this week. \ Odhran Ducie

Gussie Hynes from Kilshanny, Co Clare, in the market for cows. \ Odhran Ducie

Darragh O'Doherty from Mullagh, Co Clare, keeping an eye on his father Michael's heifers being sold by auctioneer Pat Neylon. \ Odhran Ducie

Pig, poultry and horticulture farmers support IFA protest

The IFA held talks with Dunnes Stores following protests in Cork and Monaghan. The aim was to highlight the failure of the retail sector to give price increases to suppliers and to address cost increases at farm level. The protest was led by IFA pigs chair Roy Gallie, IFA president Tim Cullinan and IFA poultry chair Nigel Sweetnam. \ Andy Gibson.

Kevin Aherne and Liam O'Connor, both from Co Cork. \ Andy Gibson

Pig farmers Denise Devlin, Ovens, and Angela and Keri O'Donovan, Timoleague. \ Andy Gibson

IFA president Tim Cullinan being interviewed by RTE. \ Andy Gibson.

1,000 birds produced a week in Co Clare

Sean Ring with 10-week-old chickens on his farm at Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny. \ Patrick Browne

Aine Ring and her sister Mairead with the 10-week-old chickens. \ Patrick Browne

Four-day-old chicks at Rings Organic Farm, Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny. \ Patrick Browne

A roundup of some of the rest of the pictures from around the country

Patrick Rouine from Carhuintedane, Lahinch, Co Clare, who runs a suckler to store enterprise, feeds his cattle that are in for the winter and will most likely not be back out until May. \ Philip Doyle

A frosty start for a snow white newborn Highland calf and her mother at Headfort Farm, Kells, Co Meath. \ Mark Sheridan

IFJ Junior February edition cover stars: brothers Liam and Sean O' Keeffe having fun racing each other in a field of fodder beet on the farm at Conna, Co Cork. \ Donal O' Leary

Denise Twomey feeds a 20-minute-old calf on her dairy farm in Upton, Co Cork. \ Andy Gibson.

Pat O’Shea from Ballinabanogue, New Ross, Co Wexford, in the parlour on his dairy and sheep farm. Pat runs a mixed farm with the help of his son, Eamonn. While they are in the middle of lambing at the moment, they also supply liquid milk, with cows calving year-round. \ Philip Doyle

Joe Molloy zero grazes for cows on land he is farming outside Carnew in Co Wicklow. \ Finbarr O’Rourke

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with his counterpart Her Excellency Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri. Minister Almheiri is Minister for Climate Change and the Environment at the United Arab Emirates. The two ministers signed the MoU agreeing to work together in the area of food security.

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