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Budget 2018 is this week’s big story – and the unexpected rise in the rate of stamp duty applicable to farmland sales was a big reason why. News editor Patrick Donohoe and news correspondent Pat O’Toole discuss how this will impact farmers.

On Monday, Irish Farmers Journal reporter Tommy Moyles was in Bandon Mart for the weekly cattle sale. The mart was also marking 60 years in business. Tommy spoke with the mart’s manager Tom McCarthy and its chairman Dona Kelly.

Markets specialist Phelim O’Neill was in Germany for Anuga, the largest food trade show in the world. There, he met Bord Bia’s chief executive Tara McCarthy, the Minister of State in charge of Food, Andrew Doyle, and Matthias Brune, Ornua’s head of marketing in Germany.

On Tuesday, beef specialist Ciaran Lenehan was at the Grass 10 walk on the farm of Joe Healy in Athboy Co Meath. He heard from John Maher of Teagasc, and the host farmer.

On Friday, the Nuffield scholars held their annual conference in Dublin. Hannah Quinn Mulligan was there and she met some of the speakers presenting their research.

Irish Country Living consumer editor Ciara Leahy met chef JP McMahon, organiser of the Food on the Edge festival, at the event in Galway.

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