Weekly podcast: carbon target for farmers, Garda rural liaison and €4.80/kg beef
In this week's podcast, we hear from Ministers Creed and Bruton, gardaí who are establishing themselves as familiar faces in rural communities, Beef Plan meetings and young farmers tackling mental health.


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Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton spoke to Thomas Hubert about how the Government will assign a specific greenhouse gas emission target to farmers.

Carol Lynch, partner at BDO Customs and International Trade, told Thomas Hubert about the paperwork that would be involved in shipping agri food products to and from the UK in a no-deal Brexit.

Potential border checks post-Brexit will be confined to east/west checks across the Irish Sea, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed said at the IFA AGM.

Founders of the 'Make Moove - Farmer's Matter' initiative, Jonathan Dwyer and John Keane from north Tipperary Macra na Feirme, spoke to Hannah Quinn-Mulligan in Roscrea at the launch of their mental health initiative.

Anthony Culleton, Macra na Feirme's current Mr Personality speaks candidly about his own battle with mental health difficulties and appeals to others to speak about their problems.

Detective Sergeant Barry Turner spoke to Odile Evans about a new rural liason initiative aimed at fighting crime.

Founder of the Beef Plan Movement Eamonn Corley told Barry Cassidy about a number of rules that the group wants to see changed as it considers them to be anti-competitive.

Founder of the Beef Plan, Hugh Doyle has revoked his membership of the IFA until he receives an apology for comments made by one of the IFA regional chairs on local radio.

Cary Languirand of Gloricent International told a gathering of farmers at the Meath Beef Plan meeting that his company could pay farmers €4.80/kg for beef to export to China.

Barry Cassidy spoke to Gerry Loftus of the INHFA and Save Leitrim movement during their protest outside Dáil Éireann on the issue of Sitka spruce planting in the county.

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The farmer's daily wrap: ATM thefts, BPS and silage 2019
Here is your news round-up of the five top farming stories and weather outlook for Saturday 20 April.

Weather forecast

Saturday is forecast to be a warm and dry day, with sunshine developing after clearance of mist and fog.

Met Éireann has said that it will stay cloudy in Connacht and west and north Ulster, with some light rain or drizzle there along the coast.

Afternoon temperatures will range between 15°C and 16°C in the northwest to between 17°C and 22°C elsewhere.

In the news

  • A tractor, low-loader and digger were used in the early hours of Friday to rob two ATMs in Kells, Co Meath.
  • Vigilante animal activists could face up to 12 months in prison for sharing personal information which allows them to target and trespass on farms, if the current Australian government is re-elected.
  • Over 55,000 farmers have applied to date to the Over 55,000 BPS applications made to date" target="_blank">2019 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS).
  • Representatives from FBD have blamed the cost of high insurance premiums ‘Cost of insurance is too high’ – FBD" target="_blank">on people who are too willing to make insurance claims and the Irish legal system, which is too generous with pay-outs.
  • The annual silage harvest at Dublin Airport began on Thursday.
  • Coming up this Saturday

  • Good week/bad week.
  • The connection between passport applications and BPS applications.
    Fire-fighters battling huge gorse fire in Donegal
    Two houses have already been taken by the blaze, which is raging in the Annagry area of the county.

    Fire-fighters and locals in the Annagry area of Donegal are fighting a gorse fire which has destroyed two homes in the area.

    The Donegal Daily reports that eight units of Donegal fire brigade are battling the blaze.

    It also reports that locals are fighting the fire.

    The Malin Coast Guard is helping to assess the area currently being covered by the fire.

    One Twitter user tweeted an image of smoke from the fire earlier today.

    The fire comes following a a condition orange fire warning, which called on forest owners, farmers and rural dwellers to be vigilant over the bank holiday weekend for fires.

    There is a high risk of fires this weekend as a result of easterly high pressure conditions and forecast high temperatures.

    These conditions mean that a high fire risk exists in all areas where hazardous fuels such as gorse, heather, dried grasses and other dead vegetation exist.

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    Farmers asked to be vigilant for forest fires

    Gorse fire an 'intimidating sight'

    In pictures: 2019 silage season takes off at Dublin Airport
    The annual silage harvest at the country’s busiest airport began on Thursday.

    Tractors and mowers were called into action to kick off the 2019 silage season at Dublin Airport on Thursday.

    Over 200ac of silage will be made at the country’s largest airport over the next two days, according to Ciarán Hoey, one of the tractor drivers on the job.

    A team of seven drivers was operating the fleet of butterfly mowers, a harvester, six trailers and Massey Ferguson tractors to make silage in the short time window.

    “With security being very strict, it will be a highly co-ordinated harvest,” explained Hoey.

    The grass will be drawn a short distance to a nearby farmer for pit silage.

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    Watch: Silage 2017 kicks off in Dublin Airport

    Easter weekend: hazy with highs of 23°C in parts