Two thirds of satellite inspection results received by the Department
As ANC payments continue to issue to farmers, the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed said that results had been received for 66% of farms selected for a satellite inspection.

The Department of Agriculture has received the results of two thirds of remote-sensing (satellite) inspections carried out in 2018.

It was confirmed to the Irish Farmers Journal that 90% of the 8,000 land-eligibility inspections required as part of EU regulations would be conducted as satellite inspection.

The Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed provided the progress update in response to a parliamentary question from Fianna Fáil’s Eamon Scanlon about efforts being made to issue ANC payments.

Payment stage

The Minister said that of the 66% of cases, three quarters had been processed to the payment stage, with an ANC payment having issued to 73% of those cases.

In addition to land eligibility, ANC payments are also subject to other checks, such as stocking density and stock retention. To date, payments have been issued to over 80,000 farmers in the scheme.

In cases where an over-declaration in area is identified as part of the inspection process, the Minister said his Department would be in contact with the affected applicant.

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The farmer's daily wrap: vet stand-off and counterfeit Landcruiser parts
Catch up with the headlines from the day and get a look ahead at tomorrow's weather.

Weather forecast

The west of the country will be affected by scattered showers overnight, according to Met Éireann.

Wednesday is expected to be a blustery, day with changeable rain conditions – ranging from scattered showers to hail throughout the day.

Atlantic coastal regions are expected to bear the brunt of the bad weather.

In the news

  • Gardaí recover fake Landcruiser parts worth €500,000.
  • Veterinary inspectors in factories are taking industrial action, which is having an effect on factory throughput.
  • IFA president Joe Healy has warned that there will be a knock-on effect if the national suckler herd contracts.
  • The High Court has placed a seven-week stay on a judgement ordering the detention of an indebted farmer resisting eviction from his land.
  • A number of dairy processors have set their milk price for November.
    LacPatrick holds milk price and adds winter bonus for NI suppliers
    LacPatrick has followed the lead of the majority of co-ops by holding its November milk price.

    LacPatrick Dairies has held its November milk price for suppliers both north and south of the border.

    Suppliers in the south will continue to receive 29.41c/l excluding VAT.

    Northern suppliers will receive 26.5p/l including VAT.

    They will also receive a 2p/l winter milk bonus for November milk.

    Last month, LacPatrick applied a cut of 1p/l to its October milk price for NI suppliers and said it was not in a position to pay a winter milk bonus.

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    Dairygold holds November milk price

    Gardaí recover fake Landcruiser parts worth €500,000
    Gardaí searched a premises in Monaghan as part of an investigation in counterfeit car parts.

    Gardaí have recovered up to €500,000 in counterfeit car parts, consisting mainly of Toyota Landcruiser parts, at a property in Drumgoose, Castleblaney, Co Monaghan.

    Jeep bullbars, tail lights, mud flaps and body panels, all bearing Toyota trademarked logos, were discovered by gardaí.

    The search was part of an operation investigating the importation and sale of counterfeit car parts.

    Gardaí added that no arrests were made as part of the search.

    Counterfeit Landcruiser parts.

    At the beginning of the month, gardaí recovered a large amount of stolen industrial plant, tools, trailers, vans, cars, engines and car parts with an initial estimate of up to €500,000 being recovered in Co Longford.

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    Gardaí recover €500,000 worth of stolen plant, tools and trailers

    Rural crime: ‘farmers require greater protection’