Northern Ireland
News in-brief from Northern Ireland
Kieran Mailey
Latest news in-brief from across the farming and food industry in Northern Ireland
5 May 2024 News
EU farm inputs 32% above pre-COVID-19 levels
The affordability of fertilisers has been improving as EU fertiliser production continues to recover, the European Commission said.
Livestock ration prices coming down for May
Significant price cuts will be applied to livestock rations from 1 May in NI.
Diesel prices ease as crude oil values drop
A downturn in crude oil prices is filtering through to diesel prices, just as farmers look to catch up on fieldwork.
24 April 2024 Northern Ireland
Farmer Writes: more milk price rises needed
Despite last year being the second highest milk price received, it was one of the lowest profit years in the last decade, highlighting the rising input costs and need for increased milk prices.
20 March 2024 Farmer Writes
US cow numbers hit five-year low
Dairy exports from the US were 7% back in 2023 compared with 2022 and Rabobank predicts that volumes are unlikely to recover in 2024.
17 March 2024 News
Horticulture input costs rise by 40% since 2021
The standout issue for horticulture in 2024 is labour costs and it is a key driver of overall input price inflation, according to a new report by Teagasc.
21 February 2024 News
Installing a manual guidance system – what’s involved?
Gary Abbott caught up with Topcon specialists, Wel-Tech Agri and Plant to follow the installation process of a manual guidance system to a non-guidance ready tractor.
14 February 2024 Farm machinery
Another 1,050 farmers accepted into Organic Farming Scheme
The total area under conversion or converted to organics stands at around 225,000ha.
7 February 2024 News
Price increases hit red diesel
Quotes for red diesel at fuel merchants in Northern Ireland have increased from early January.
31 January 2024 Northern Ireland
Irish processors 'bumping along bottom' of milk price league - ICMSA
Irish milk prices in 2023 were described as "downright poor" by the chair of ICMSA's dairy committee.
31 January 2024 News
Milk price index down 36.8% in 2023
The most significant output price decreases in the 12 months to November 2023 were in milk.
15 January 2024 News