Farmer views: 'Too much work in sheep for too little reward'
Grace Hoare
Grace Hoare speaks to six IFA sheep committee members to gauge their thoughts on grass growth, sheep prices, wool and other issues.
17 July 2024 News
A kick to tillage farmers when they are down
Tillage farmers were furious when they heard that the SIM may be suspended. Many have already started harvesting.
17 July 2024 Grass & feeding
Raining again on St Swithin’s day
It's heat rather than rain that is needed to drive growth at the moment, writes Thomas Condon.
Grass correction and fodder supplies on the mind of many
With low fodder stocks and stemmy paddocks on the grazing block, correction of both can be done with one blow if conditions allow.
17 July 2024 Grass & feeding
Building up fodder stocks in Laois
The wet weather didn’t deter 200 farmers and industry representatives from attending the Irish Grassland Association summer dairy tour to Laois last week.
17 July 2024 Grass & feeding
Scheme for imported straw for winter needed - Lombard
Senator Tim Lombard said Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue needs to act now on a fodder subsidy scheme to allow for straw to be imported.
16 July 2024 News
Stress on farmers being multiplied by fertiliser confusion - ICMSA
The ICMSA has called on the Minister for Agriculture to inform farmers of the amount of fertiliser they are legally allowed to spread between now and the closing date in September.
16 July 2024 News
Major winter fodder shortfall identified in ICMSA survey
Just over 58% of respondents predicted that they will reduce livestock numbers in light of the fodder situation.
16 July 2024 News
The Grass Week: growth creeps up but fodder stock low
While still behind the norm for the time of the year, growth has improved over the past two weeks and looks set to improve further.
13 July 2024 Grass & feeding
Nitrogen rate cut equates to losing one bale per/ha
In February, the Department of Agriculture announced a 5% cut to the upper limit of chemical nitrogen rates for all farmers.
10 July 2024 News
Farmers to sell stock due to fodder shortages
The target for feed on hand after first-cut is 70% for dairy farms and 77% for drystock farms.
10 July 2024 News
Positivity on emissions - EPA report
Cutting fertiliser to import feed from outside the country makes no sense.
10 July 2024 Viewpoints