The farmer's daily wrap: €27,000/acre in Meath and Japan removes age restriction
Here is your news round-up of the top five farming stories today, Friday 17 May.

Weather

On Friday night, showers will become confined to Atlantic coastal parts of Munster and Connacht.

It is forecast to be mainly dry elsewhere, with clear spells and some mist or fog patches. Lowest temperatures will range between 5°C and 9°C.

Saturday morning will start off with sunny spells. However, Met Éireann has said that scattered showers will develop towards noon.

They'll become heavier in the afternoon, especially over the midlands and eastern half of the country, with some possibly thundery.

Highest temperatures of 13°C to 17°C, with light to moderate north to northwest breezes.

Check out our weekend weather for management notes from our technical team.

In the news

  • Farmers who hold a nitrates derogation generate €900m a year for themselves and their local communities, figures from the IFA show.
  • Irish beef of any age can now be shipped to Japan. The 30-month restriction has been removed.
  • There was a lively heifer trade at the latest sale in Kilkenny Mart this week, but bullocks are slightly back.
  • A super 25-acre non-residential farm at Powderlough, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, has sold under the hammer for a substantial €27,000/ac.
  • Carbery, Arrabawn and Aurivo all set their milk prices for manufacturing supplies for April on Friday.
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  • Good week, bad week.
  • The latest update from Greenfield and Newford farms.
    The farmer's daily wrap: farm fatality, African swine fever and bees
    Here is your news round-up of the five top farming stories and weather outlook for Saturday 24 May.

    Weather forecast

    Met Éireann has said that it will be rather cloudy at first on Saturday, with patches of light rain or drizzle, mainly affecting the western half of the country.

    Cloud is forecast to start to break later in the morning, with spells of sunshine for the afternoon and evening.

    However, Atlantic coastal areas will remain quite dull and damp.

    It looks set to be a humid day, with top temperatures ranging from 16°C to 20°C in light to moderate southwesterly breezes.

    In the news

  • There is a mixed bag of weather ahead for the weekend, with showers, sunshine and highs of 20°C.
  • Minister warning to holiday-makers over African swine fever: “Don’t bring back your sandwich; don’t bring back your salami.”
  • A man in his 60s has died following an accident on a farm in Aughnacliffe, Co Longford.
  • Just 207t of skimmed milk powder (SMP) remains in the EU’s intervention measure.
  • And Irish citizens are being asked to report sightings of bees in a nationwide online survey.
  • Coming up this Saturday

  • Good week/bad week.
  • Free trailer marking against theft.
  • The latest from Newford Farm.
    Three-man race for ICSA president
    The Irish Cattle and Sheep Association (ICSA) will elect a new president in June.

    Three candidates are in the running to become the next president of the ICSA following the close of nominations on Friday evening.

    In alphabetical order, these candidates are as follows:

  • Hugh Farrell, Cavan.
  • Dermot Kelleher, Cork west.
  • Edmond Phelan, Waterford.
  • The election will take place in Portlaoise on the evening of Thursday 27 June.

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    Watch: vegetable growers turn on the irrigation systems
    O’Shea Farms and Hughes Farming have both turned on the irrigation pumps this week.

    In order to combat dry conditions, O’Shea Farms and Hughes Farming were irrigating crops this week.

    Julian Hughes says he has never irrigated as early as May before and that he has two reels out at the moment, but will be putting another two out next week if there is no rain in the meantime.

    “We have a 30mm soil moisture deficit,” he said.

    “The fear of a repeat of 2018 is palpable in the yard at home, there’s dust everywhere.”

    In a normal year, he said that he would irrigate the crops in July and August.

    But so far he has put 30mm on parsnips and followed up five days later with another 30mm.

    “You could ask are we selecting higher-yielding varieties that need more inputs. But I’m using the same variety with the last 20 years.

    "It’s just very dry. We need 50mm over three days to get things balanced up.”

    Agronomist with O’Shea farms Tom Murray said that it would be normal for them to be irrigating at this time of year. They grow carrots in Piltown and Carrick-on-Suir.

    “We’re putting on 12mm to 15mm, not any more than that. We don’t want to wash away any pre-emergence spray,” Tom said.

    “There has been years before when we needed to irrigate to encourage germination. But the soil is starting to dry out and we want to be ahead of it.”

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