Weekly podcast: ANC appeals, self-cooling cow mats and Kevin McManamon
In this week's podcast, we hear from farmers unhappy with the new ANC map, visit Scotland and Denmark, trial sexed semen and get mental health advice from Dublin footballer Kevin McManamon.


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New correspondent Thomas Hubert meets Henry McLoughlin, one of many farmers who say their land on the Laois/Kildare border should have been included in the new ANC map.

Beef editor Adam Woods attended Agriscot in Edinburgh and he spoke to George Caldow, vet with the Scottish Agricultural College and Johne's expert about the disease and the Scottish programme to help improve Johne's status in Scottish beef and dairy herds.

Dairy editor Jack Kennedy speaks to Teagasc researcher Dr Stephen Butler about the latest sexed semen trials at the Teagasc national dairy conference.

Reporting from the massive Agromek show in Denmark, news correspondent Hannah Quinn-Mulligan meets three participants offering innovations to farmers:

  • Klaus Nielsen works for Stald, which makes self-heating and cooling water mattresses for cattle.
  • Vet Poul Baekbo explains that Danish vets have been banned from selling antibiotics to farmers for nearly 25 years.
  • Erik Fog, senior organic adviser with SEGES, discusses the use of clover as a protein crops.
  • Buildings reporter William Conlon sat down with Jamie Robertson of Livestock Management Systems in Aberdeen, Scotland to talk through the main issues he sees with Irish shed design

    Adam Woods speaks to Dublin footballer Kevin McManamon about his talk on mental health to 400 farmers in Granard Mart on Tuesday night.

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    Agri jobs: dairy, meat processing and horticulture jobs
    We take a look at what jobs are out there at the moment in the agricultural sector.

    Horticulture worker

    A horticulture worker is required on a farm in Kells, Co Kilkenny. General duties will include carrying out all work associated with cropping, repairing and maintaining farm vehicles and digging and planting seeds.

    Other work will include harvesting fruit and vegetables. The salary is €22,000/year.

    For more information on this role, click here.

    Dairy farm manager

    A dairy farm worker is required for an expanding grass-based dairy operation in Co Laois. The successful candidate could progress to being the dairy farm manager.

    This dairy enterprise is running two dairy herds, one in Ballacolla and one in Rathdowney. Both farms are new greenfield sites which have modern milking facilities.

    For further details, click here.

    Dairy farm worker

    A farm worker is required for a family-run dairy farm with a modern set up and expanding herd in Co Monaghan. Duties will include milking cows, feeding calves, machinery work and general farm work.

    Experience is desirable and a Green Cert is preferable. A full clean driving licence is essential.

    To apply for this job, click here.

    Dairy farm worker

    A farm worker is required to work on a progressive dairy farm in Co Cork.

    Duties will include milking cows, rearing calves and grassland management. Some experience is an advantage for the role.

    For more information on this position, click here.

    Meat processing operatives

    Ballon Meats in Carlow is looking to hire meat processing operatives to work as part of the factory processing team producing meat to fulfil production targets on a daily and weekly basis.

    The successful candidates will be required to work in all areas of the factory, where you will be required to work on your own initiative and as part of a team.

    For more information on this position, click here.

    Beef and dairy bosses demand Brexit action from Creed
    Imposing tariffs on exports would "cripple trade", meat and dairy factory representatives have warned.

    Beef and dairy bosses braced for a hard Brexit have handed a list of demands to Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed.

    With 65 days remaining to salvage a Brexit deal, the nightmare scenario of a no-deal is becoming ever more likely.

    A delegation including Aurivo’s Aaron Forde, ABP’s Martin Kane, Larry Murrin of Dawn Farms Foods, Cormac Healy of Meat Industry Ireland and Conor Mulvihill of Dairy Industry Ireland, met with Minister Creed on Tuesday.

    Dairy co-ops want dual British-Irish status for Northern Ireland milk, export refunds and other trade supports. They called for a freeze on tariffs in the event of a no-deal Brexit and direct income aid for farmers.

    Meat factory representatives warned that if tariffs are imposed on exports to the UK “it would cripple trade”, with the additional danger of sterling devaluation in a no-deal outcome.

    They called for extra resources to ensure speedy border checks and increased ferry capacity and routes for direct shipping to the continent.

    While European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan reassured farmers Brussels is poised to swoop to their aid, a Commission spokesman confirmed a hard border is inevitable unless the British reach an agreement with the EU or delay their withdrawal.

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    No-deal Brexit to add 21c/l in cheddar processing costs

    EU 'stands ready' to support farmers - Hogan
    European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan has assured farmers that Europe is planning for all possible outcomes from Brexit negotiations.

    European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan has moved to reassure farmers that the EU stands ready to intervene in markets to protect prices in the event of a hard Brexit.

    “We have to prepare for the worst. The European Union stands ready to help Irish and EU farmers in the event of a hard Brexit,” Commissioner Hogan said, addressing a crowd of more than 250 farmers at the Kilkenny IFA annual dinner dance on Saturday night.

    “We have the tools ready to intervene, including Aid to Private Storage, intervention and a revision of state aid rules,” he added.


    His words will help give farmers comfort that, while Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has been slow to commit to supports, plans for a safety net at EU level are well advanced.

    Hogan reassured farmers that the EU is ready for all scenarios, but warned that the Government must also be ready and ensure the necessary infrastructure is in place to ensure products can continue to move through ports.


    While a no-deal Brexit paints a gloomy picture, vice president of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness is reminding farmers that it could be avoided if a deal is reached between the EU and UK. But, she says, plans are being put in place to deal with a no-deal scenario.

    “There are deep concerns about the consequences,” McGuinness told the Irish Farmers Journal.

    “We will need to be looking at how you are going to support a vulnerable sector, that will call for money.

    "All of those things will have to be discussed in the short period of time before the United Kingdom leaves.”