Teagasc launches bigger and better BEEF 2018
Teagasc will stage its flagship beef event for 2018 at Teagasc, Grange, Co Meath, on Tuesday 26 June from 9.30am to 5pm.

Beef 2018 was launched last week at Teagasc, Grange, Co Meath. The theme of this year's event is "€nhancing technologies". While sentiment in the sector is quite good at the moment with beef prices buoyant, there are a number of significant challenges to the sector around Brexit, CAP reforms and climate change. The challenge of achieving a profitable business while dealing with reduced support payments will also be discussed.

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One of the new additions to this year's event is the infrastructure village which will demonstrate the design and management of a grazing system that will include roadway construction demos, fencing demos, water system demos and grazing demos. The four main technical stands on the day will cover "suckler calf to beef", "dairy calf to beef", "reproduction and health" and "high performance from pasture". Nine themed villages from education to the Teagasc/Irish Farmers Journal BETTER farm beef challenge will be positioned at the end of the technical stands so people can pick and choose what topics they want to discuss further with the Teagasc specialists.

Live demos

Demonstrations will take place during the day in all villages with a livestock demonstration taking place at the end of the villages. This demo will be coordinated by Teagasc, the Irish Farmers Journal and ICBF and will look at selecting replacement heifers and calving at two years old. These live demos will take place at 11.30am,12.30pm,1.30pm and 2.30pm. Well-known chef Kevin Dundon will give a cooking demonstration using beef recipes near the farmers' forum marquee.

Farmers' forum

A panel discussion will take place with three farmers and Phelim O Neill, markets specialist with the Irish Farmers Journal, chaired by well-known TV celebrity, Richard Curran from RTE.

Speaking at the launch of the open day in Teagasc Grange today, Professor Gerry Boyle, director of Teagasc, said: “The beef sector is among the most important Irish indigenous industries. Total production increased by 4.5% to 615,000t in 2017. Beef exports in 2017 were worth €2.5b, representing a 65% increase in value compared to 2010. BEEF 2018 will be a day not to be missed by anyone with an interest in the Irish beef industry.”

The farmer's daily wrap: pig protests continue and lira threatens exports
Here is your news round-up of the five top farming stories and weather outlook for Friday 17 August.

Weather forecast

Tonight will see increasing cloud bringing outbreaks of rain and drizzle to western counties. Lowest temperatures will range from 10-12°C.

Tomorrow, Friday, will see a cloudy morning with rain and drizzle, persistent across the north of the country but patchy in the south. In the afternoon and evening the skies will gradually brighten but with showers over Ulster and Connacht.

In the news

  • Pig farmers are holding their third protest in less than a week in Charleville SuperValu, Co Cork.
  • Lamb factories are processing their largest kill as the Eid al-Adha festival sees increased demand.
  • A collapse in the Turkish lira is threatening live exports.
  • Minister of state Michael D’Arcy has attracted criticism for saying vulture funds are easier to deal with than banks.
  • A farmer has agreed to abide by a High Court order after spending a few hours in Mountjoy.
  • Coming up this Friday

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    Pig farmers hold third protest in under a week
    Charleville in Co Cork is the location of the latest pig farmer protest against the volume of foreign product for sale in SuperValu stores.

    Pig farmers are holding their third protest in SuperValu in less than a week in a bid to highlight low prices and cheap imports. Following protests in SuperValus in Castletroy, Co Limerick and Kilbarry, Co Waterford, farmers have now taken to Charleville in Co Cork.

    In a statement to the Irish Farmers Journal, IFA pigs committee chair Tom Hogan said farmers were losing €6,000/week and they wanted to see Musgraves and SuperValu selling 100% Irish pigmeat.

    Highlight

    The protesting farmers want to highlight the volume of foreign product being sold in SuperValu stores and the use of brands that sound Irish such as “Meadow Fields” but are actually from Holland.

    Pig farmers have said these cheap foreign imports are being used to undercut their product at a time when feed prices are rising. This, Tim Cullinan IFA national treasurer, says is creating a “perfect storm” that has the pig sector at crisis point.

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    Mounting slaughter delays causing frustration for sheep farmers – ICSA
    ICSA says large quantities of lambs from Northern Ireland are adding to slaughter delays for sheep farmers as factories look to hit peak output for Eidal-Adha festival.

    As procurement managers move to secure lamb supplies, ICSA has said farmers around the country are struggling to have their lambs slaughtered as factories are fully booked up.

    It comes as the approaching Eid al-Adha festival sees factories working close to peak capacity to lift output.

    Last week’s kill was recorded at 58,209 head with a day’s less processing reducing throughput by about 5,000 head.

    It is expected that this week’s kill will rival or even surpass last year’s peak weekly throughput of 72,889 head.

    Origin

    While the majority of lambs are trading from €5/kg to €5.10/kg, ICSA sheep chair John Brooks has said the big throughput raised questions about the origin of some of the sheep.

    He stated: “ICSA has been getting reports of extra quantities of lamb coming down from the north of Ireland for slaughter in the south.

    "Sheep from across the border have always been brought down here but the larger numbers are getting out of hand.

    “They are having too much of a knock-on effect with farmers in the south having difficulty getting their own slaughtered.

    "As far as we can see, this is just another ploy to keep prices down at a time when farmers are suffering due to drought costs.”

    Disrespect

    He said the use of these lambs showed a complete lack of respect for both the producer and the consumer due to labelling issues. He added the practise put the idea of traceability, origin green and quality assurance at risk.