Weekend weather: heavy rain and frosty nights
Unsettled weather with wet and windy spells is expected into early next week as an Atlantic flow dominates.

Patchy frost will clear on Friday morning, according to Met Éireann. Mostly cloudy today across the southern half of the country with scattered outbreaks of rain, heavy and persistent at times across southern counties, with the risk of spot flooding and local thunder.

Some bright or sunny spells across the northern half of the country though, where it should remain largely dry. Another cool day with highs of 6°C to 10°C (north to south).

Easterly breezes will be brisk at times along south and southeast coasts, and mainly moderate inland.

Met Éireann has issued a rain warning for the south coast.

Scattered outbreaks of rain early Friday night will soon become confined to the southwest, with a few showers possible in the east later.

Otherwise, a lot of dry weather with mist or fog patches, and patchy frost developing where skies stay clear. Lowest temperatures 0°C to 6°C, coldest away from southern counties. Northeast breezes will be mostly light overland.

Saturday

Much of the country will see a fully dry day Saturday with sunny spells. However, some showery rain may affect southern and eastern coastal counties, mainly appearing along coasts here.

Highest temperatures 6°C to 10°C (north to south), in a mostly light northeast breeze, which will be a little fresher along east- and south-facing coasts.

Apart from isolated showers in the east, it will be dry with clear spells, in light northeast breezes on Saturday night.

Cold and frosty in parts, with lowest temperatures -2°C to + 3°C, coldest across Atlantic counties.

Sunday

Some frost across Atlantic counties to begin on Sunday. Many areas will stay dry for the day with good sunny spells.

However, some scattered showers will occur too, with most of these feeding in across the east of Leinster. Another cold day with highest temperatures of 6°C to 10°C, in mostly light easterly breezes; winds will, however, be a little fresher along east and south facing coasts.

A frosty night will follow with lowest temperatures of -2°C to +2°C.

Monday

Another mainly dry day for a lot of the country, with sunny spells, but once again rather cool. Scattered showers will feed in on the easterly flow, with most of these affecting Leinster. Highest temperatures will range 6°C to 10°C, coldest away from southern counties. Southeast breezes will freshen after dark as a band of rain in the southwest pushes up across the country.

Tuesday

Tuesday will begin mostly cloudy, with scattered outbreaks of rain moving northeastwards. Longer drier spells too developing into the afternoon, though further rainfall will begin to feed up from the southwest after dark.

Very wet and very windy overnight with possible warnings coming into effect.

Management notes

Beef: Adam Woods takes a look at storing light animals over the winter period, keeping an eye on the stock bull and making sure slurry tanks aren't filling quickly in the yard.

Dairy: Aidan Brennan looks at teat-sealing heifers, feeding meal to weanlings and what was said at Dairy Day.

Sheep: There is renewed interest in temporary grazing with beef farmers housing cattle and wishing to clean off paddocks while tillage farmers are offering catch crops for grazing.

Tillage: Heavy recent rain and falling temperatures mean that further planting is inadvisable but there may still be some field spraying jobs to complete.

Watch: new Agri Aware campaign to air in cinemas and on TV
The ‘Many Hats, One CAP’ advert is set to air on television and in cinemas in the coming weeks, with the campaign highlighting how important investment in agriculture is to the wider Irish economy.

This week, Agri Aware launched its new 'Many Hats, One CAP' TV and cinema advert.

Produced by Traction Marketing, the advert is part of a wider campaign which aims to promote and showcase how the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) affects everyday life in Ireland, whether that is subsidies paid to a farmer directly or the countless indirect knock-ons that keep rural Ireland alive.

The launch took place at Movies Dundrum, Dublin, on Thursday evening, where both the full and short versions of the advert where premiered for the first time on screen.

Rural landscape

The ad itself follows a day in the life of a number of characters who make up the rural landscape in Ireland.

From clips of rural entrepreneur and chef Edward Hayden cooking up a storm in his Graiguenamanagh cookery school, to farmer Kevin Moran up before dawn in Galway to milk his dairy herd, it gives viewers a glimpse into the role the agri-food industry plays.

Agriculture is a huge economic multiplier, which keeps rural Ireland alive

At the premiere, there was a panel of guest speakers which included Agri Aware chair Alan Jagoe and three of the stars in the ad; Hayden, Moran and Teagasc researcher Dr Dayle Johnston.

Hosted by Marty Morrissey, the panel reiterated the point that agriculture is a huge economic multiplier, which keeps rural Ireland alive, and the CAP is central to that.

Alan Jagoe spoke of the huge work, time and spend going behind the campaign.

“It costs money to put it out there, but consumers and society need to know where their money is going and who they are supporting.

"There needs to be an understanding and respect for the production costs and efforts that go into food production,” he stressed.

2016 FBD young farmer of the year Kevin Moran made the point that CAP itself “is not just one thing – a subsidy for a farmer - it is much more than that; it’s an investment in food security, an investment in rural economies and this investment is invaluable to rural Ireland”.

'Many Hats, One CAP' is a 12-month public information campaign that will go live across TV, radio, cinema, social media and print over the coming weeks.

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Farmers to lodge appeals over Castleblayney Mart next week
Around 40 of an estimated 100 farmers owed money by a collapsed Co Monaghan auctioneering firm have decided to pursue legal action against the Property Services Regulatory Authority.

Farmers left unpaid by the liquidation of EP Nugent Ltd, the company operating Castleblayney Mart, have decided to launch legal action against the Property Services Regulatory Authority (PSRA).

At a meeting on Thursday, attendees heard that one case against the PSRA failed, but won when it went to appeal.

Claim

Solicitor Paul McCormack told the Irish Farmers Journal that they have agreed to put “in a claim under the property services regulation Act 2011".

"Section 78 part three allows us to bring a claim. One case went forward to the Property Services Regulation Authority and was refused but went through to the property services appeal board and won.”

He says that the basis for the claim is that EP Nugent Ltd was trading “dishonestly” by not having a license.

“There’s 40 individual cases,” McCormack said, adding that the average claim is approximately €1,000.

“Nugent would like to see the farmers paid. There’s no guarantee it will happen. Claims had to be lodged within 12 months of the people finding out there was a problem. The liquidation was 9 April 2018 so we are up tight against the wire.”

McCormack advised that anyone who wants to make a claim should get in touch with his office at Thomas Street, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, or the IFA.

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Chlorothalonil ban ‘a hammer blow’ to tillage farmers
The Irish Grain Growers Group has come out against the discontinuation of chlorothalonil.

The discontinuation of chlorothalonil is a hammer blow to Irish tillage farmers, Irish Grain Growers Group chair Bobby Miller has said.

On Friday, the European Commission voted to ban chlorothalonil, a key ingredient in Bravo, which is used by tillage farmers to fight septoria and ramularia.

Cost-efficient product

“The one good thing about Bravo is that it is a cost-efficient product. There will be alternatives available in the future, but will be they be as cost-effective for the farmer and will they be as effective as Bravo,” Miller told the Irish Farmers Journal.

We have to stand back and allow imports of grains from all over the world

He also said that any alternative products will have to be tested in the Irish climate as well.

Miller also hit out at the importation of grain from around the world into Ireland.

“Yet we have to stand back and allow imports of grains from all over the world, with different standards applied, arrive into the country to be fed to livestock.

“We, as tillage farmers, are being made fools of by the EU talking out of both sides of their mouth.

"The Irish grain quality assurance system is a joke when our Irish grain can be mixed with any sort of grain and waste in merchants' and millers' processing plants,” he said.

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