Weekend weather: sunny spells and scattered showers in store
The last of the heavy rain is expected to clear north early on Friday night and scattered showers will follow.

Rain, possibly thundery, will be heaviest in the west and south during the first half of Friday and heaviest in the east during the second half of the day. Strong and gusty southeast winds will accompany the rain with gales or strong gales near exposed coasts.

The rain will be followed by heavy showers in the west and southwest later in the afternoon as winds veer to the southwest and moderate, according to Met Éireann.

Warnings

There are three weather warnings in place for Friday:

  • Status yellow - wind warning for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal

    Southeasterly winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65km/h with gusts of 90 to 110km/h. Gusts will exceed these values in exposed coastal areas and on higher ground, especially in the southeast. Valid from 8am to 7pm.

  • Status yellow - rainfall warning for Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Galway, Mayo, Cork, Kerry, Tipperary and Waterford.

    Heavy rain will lead to accumulations of around 25 to 40mm but may exceed these limits in mountainous areas. Valid from 6am to 6pm.

  • Status yellow - wind warning for Munster and Connacht.

    Southeasterly winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65km/h with gusts of 90 to 110km/h. Gusts will exceed these values in exposed coastal areas and on higher ground, especially in the southwest. Valid from 4am to 3pm.

  • Saturday

    Saturday will see sunny spells and scattered showers, the showers frequent in the west and south with the odd thundery downpour possible. Highest temperatures of 8°C to 10°C in mostly moderate southwest winds.

    Scattered showers will continue on Saturday night, with lows of 2°C to 6°C and light breezes.

    Sunday

    Further sunny spells and scattered showers are likely on Sunday, the showers most frequent in the western half of the country, with the slight risk of hail and thunder.

    In the west, the showers may merge into longer spells of rain. Southerly winds will freshen a little during the afternoon. Maximum temperatures of 9°C to 12°C.

    Early next week, sunshine and showers are expected on Monday, with temperatures close to normal. A good deal of dry weather Tuesday but rain will spread from the west later Tuesday night. The rain may linger for a time next Wednesday and it will become quite mild.

    Management notes

    In beef, Adam Woods takes a look at getting nutrition right this winter, pneumonia issues and setting up your yard for reduced workload.

    In dairy, Aidan Brennan looks at how to manage in wet weather, what cows need to be dosed for and what to expect at Dairy Day.

    On the sheep side, Darren Carty looks at post-breeding nutrition, TAMS II and a sale of working dogs.

    In tillage, the drop in soil temperatures combined with recent rain could see many more challenges to good establishment in recently planted crops and any to be planted from now on.

    IFA to oppose farm loan sales at AIB meeting
    Farmer representatives will highlight the sale of farmers' debts to vulture funds as the bank's shareholders gather this week.

    IFA representatives will lobby AIB shareholders at the bank's annual in Dublin this Wednesday.

    The IFA will "have a presence outside the AIB AGM in Dublin" a statement from the organisation reads.

    It continues: "This is part of a planned campaign to be rolled out nationally against AIB’s plans to sell certain farmer loans as part of its most recent loan sale."

    Earlier this month, the Irish Farmers Journal revealed that around 100 farm loans were included in AIB's planned sale of debts to an affiliate of US-based vulture fund Cerberus.

    While not a call for a farmers' protest, the small-scale lobbying is likely to be repeated around the country in the coming weeks, an IFA spokesperson told the Irish Farmers Journal.

    AIB is 71% owned by the Irish Government.

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    Queally brothers firm falls foul of EPA
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published the latest National Priority Sites list, with five businesses not meeting the necessary environmental standards.

    Five sites are on the latest list for failing to meet the necessary environmental standards set out by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA).

    One of the companies, food processor Arrow Group, is owned by the Queally brothers, who also own Dawn Meats.

    Arrow Group previously appeared on the environment watchlist in January this year.

    All the companies on the list face further enforcement action from the EPA to secure compliance.

    The five sites represent less than 1% of industrial sites licensed by the EPA, but account for 21% of complaints received.

    Three sites are new to the list, while Glanbia Food Ireland Ltd and Rosderra Irish Meats have been removed from the list that was published in January.

    The five companies included are:

    • Arrow Group, Kildare – noise and odour complaints.

    • Euroflex Teoranta, Donegal – emissions to air and waste management.

    • Western Brand Group Ltd, Mayo – wastewater management.

    • East Cork Landfill Site, Cork – landfill gas and leachate management.

    • Arran Chemical Company Ltd, Roscommon – emissions to air and groundwater.

    Enforcement

    Licensed facilities are identified as national priority sites for enforcement using a system developed by the EPA.

    Points are allocated to each site based on compliance data such as complaints, incidents and non-compliances over the previous six months.

    Sites which exceed a certain threshold become a national priority site and are targeted by the EPA for further enforcement action.

    The farmer's daily wrap: lamb prices, milk production and Donegal wildfire
    Here is your news round-up of the top five farming stories today, Monday 22 April.

    Weather forecast

    Tuesday morning will feature scattered heavy showers but it will be mainly dry for the afternoon/evening.

    Met Éireann is forecasting hazy sunshine and another warm day, with top temperatures of 17°C to 21°C in light to moderate southeast breezes.

    In the news

  • The Air Corps is to join fire brigades battling a Co Donegal gorse fire that began in the early hours of Monday.
  • Milk production in both New Zealand and the Netherlands has been tightening significantly in the first quarter of 2019.
  • The timing of two religious festivals, Easter and Ramadan, could bode well for lamb prices for the next five years.
  • The Department of Agriculture will host Basic Payment Scheme clinics in Offaly, Tipperary, Westmeath and Monaghn this week.
  • Watch potato, grain and beef farmer Mark McGurdy sow cereals through the night in Co Antrim.
  • - Coming up tomorrow, 23 April 2019:

  • Leitrim suckler farmer Karen McCabe on the never-ending battle with rushes, a weak calf and an unexpected win in the show ring.
  • The latest update from the BETTER farm beef programme from Matthew Halpin.
  • A look at what's happening on the international grain markets from Stephen Robb.