Climate and environment
Welcome surge in curlew numbers
Noel Bardon
A conservation programme seeking to boost curlew numbers has seen increases in the number of breeding pairs and chicks progressing to fledgling stage.
22 November 2023 News
Hill farmers 'must be paid' for public goods
There was agreement at the Westport symposium that farmers had to be rewarded for delivering public services on water management, biodiversity and carbon sequestration.
22 November 2023 News
John B Keane's ‘field’ is now growing spruce
Barry O’Donoghue of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) warned that the 'spirit, wildness and cultural heritage of the uplands was being lost'.
New push to promote Galloways in Ireland
A new Galloway cattle club has been established in Ireland. Peter McCann reports
15 November 2023 Northern Ireland
€500,000 ring-fenced to repair thatched houses
The fund is part of a €9m package for 2024-built heritage schemes announced by Minister for Heritage Malcolm Noonan.
3 November 2023 Schemes
In pictures: farming 100 Beefbooster cows on 640ac with minimum inputs in Canada
Seán LaBrie keeps around 100 cows and followers on his 'Difficulty Ranch' in Alberta, Canada. Claire Mc Cormack reports.
1 November 2023 News
Thousands of farmers sign up to save the barn owl
Numbers of the endangered bird are beginning to recover, mostly thanks to farmers' efforts, says Birdwatch Ireland
29 October 2023 Schemes
Preserving heritage in Foxford with cow byre restoration
Foxford native Val McLoughlin utilised the Heritage Council Traditional farm buildings grant to carefully restore a derelict cow house on his north Mayo farm.
25 October 2023 Buildings
Out-wintering sucklers on the CAFRE Hill Farm
The Institute of Agricultural Management recently visited CAFRE's Hill Farm in Glenwherry, Co Antrim. Peter McCann reports
11 October 2023 Northern Ireland
NPWS to buy more land for national parks
The state will continue to buy more land to convert to nature reserves and support nature restoration targets, said Minister Malcolm Noonan.
4 October 2023 News
Sewage worse for rivers than farming - Oxford research
The University of Oxford has found that treated and untreated sewage release into waterways has a worse impact than agricultural run-off.
25 September 2023 News
ACRES: 10 common farmer questions answered
ACRES west Connacht project manager Mary McAndrew answers some key questions farmers have raised at meetings regarding the new ACRES scheme.
20 September 2023 News