The farmer's daily wrap: cattle bound for Libya and barley field ignites
Here is your news round-up of the top five farming stories today, Wednesday 11 July.

Weather forecast

Tommorrow will be mostly dry, according to Met Eíreann. The morning could start off rather misty in parts of the east with the odd spot of drizzle. It will brighten, with some sunny spells and a few scattered showers. Light northerly or variable breezes and highs of 17°C to 19°C in many northern and northwestern areas, but elsewhere temperatures reaching 20°C to 23°C, highest in southern parts.

In the news

  • Listen to An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar discuss CAP, Brexit and Mercosur in our weekly podcast.
  • Lakeland Dairies has held its June milk price as LacPatrick talks continue.
  • TheIrish Charolais Cattle Society presidenthas landed an international role in the breed's worldwide society.
  • A Tipperary barley field ignited during harvesting due to a spark.
  • Two specialist livestock boats will arrive into Cork at the weekend to load with cattle for Libya.
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    Weather forecast

    Mainly dry for the rest of the evening. However, cloud will gather, with outbreaks of rain in the west of the country by dawn, according to Met Éireann.

    Tuesday will be bright, with sunshine in the east and south of the country. The west and north of the country will experience patches of drizzle throughout the day.

    Top temperatures between 13°C to 16°C.

    In the news

  • Valuers who determine TB compensation rates should be given free rein to do their jobs without interruption from the Department of Agriculture, according to the ICSA.
  • Farmers in Northern Ireland are being urged to remain vigilant for signs of the Bluetongue virus after it was detected in two cattle imported from France into Britain by stringent post-import checks.
  • The Irish Farmers Journal understands a launch meeting will take place on Monday night in Co Meath of a newly formed group of beef farmers.
  • Grocery prices keep going down for Irish shoppers, as retailers are neck and neck in the race for growing consumer spending.
  • After 40 years, the Rooster potato is returning to its roots for the first-ever Carlow Rooster Festival.
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    No-deal Brexit – animal exports face ‘cliff-edge scenario’
    The UK National Farmers Union has condemned the idea of a no-deal Brexit and lambasted the UK government’s no-deal plans.

    A no-deal Brexit scenario would be “catastrophic” according to the UK National Farmers Union (NFU) and would put agri-food exports worth £13bn at serious risk.

    Speaking after the recent UK government’s publication guidelines for animal exports in the event of a no-deal Brexit, president of the NFU Minette Batters pointed out that animal exports and products would face a cliff-edge scenario.

    Batters highlighted that in the event of a no-deal Brexit the UK would have to become an approved exporter to the EU – an operation that could entail a six-month waiting period.

    With the UK officially due to leave the EU in March 2019, tensions have been running high in both EU and UK political camps.


    The UK prime minister Theresa May recently had her Chequer’s proposal for a Brexit deal refused by the EU in Brussels.

    At a press conference in Downing Street after the rejection, she stated that the UK had always treated the EU with respect and blamed the EU for the Brexit stalemate.

    However, farm organisations in the UK have not been impressed with the Conservative government’s lack of progress in negotiations.

    Bar proposals to phase out direct subsidy payments, the UK government has been unclear on how agriculture will be impacted by Brexit.

    Trade embargo

    “These technical notices confirm in black and white what we already knew: a no-deal scenario would be catastrophic for British agriculture,” the NFU president said.

    “A scenario where farmers face an immediate trade embargo for many of their products would have devastating effects and would severely threaten livelihoods and businesses.”

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    Tractor run and BBQ raises €12,000 for charity
    The FCI has raised a substantial sum of money for six charities from their annual tractor run and BBQ.

    Up to €12,000 was raised by the Association of Farm Contractors in Ireland (FCI) through its annual charity BBQ and auction held on 15 July in Co Meath.

    Contractor brothers Patrick, Peter and Michael Farrelly hosted the event, which also included the Mickey Farrelly Tractor Run in memory of their late father.

    To date, the FCI annual charity BBQ and auctions have raised over €115,000

    The event saw a strong attendance and was supported by a large number of food suppliers.

    “We are indebted to all of the generous food suppliers who supported us in staging the 2018 FCI charity BBQ. We also thank the contributions from the huge attendance, which have provided us with the opportunity to support so many worthwhile charities," said FCI general secretary Peter Farrelly.

    “To date, the FCI annual charity BBQ and auctions have raised over €115,000 for many local and national charities,” he said.

    The six charities that received money included:

  • Meath Palliative Care (€3,500)
  • Save our Sons & Daughters (SOSAD) (€2,000)
  • Support Organisation for Trisomy (SOFT) (€2,000)
  • Order of Malta, Kells (€1,000)
  • Order of Malta, Swords (€1,500)
  • Carnaross Community First Responders (€2,000)
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