Weekly podcast: Meat Industry Ireland defends beef price and Fair Deal protest
This week we hear farmers tackle the issue of low beef prices with Meat Industry Ireland’s Cormac Healy and the IFA stage a protest over ongoing Fair Deal nursing home delays.


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Laois IFA beef crisis meeting: John Kehoe

Adam Woods spoke to beef farmer John Kehoe about the situation on his farm at the moment and the level of losses he is incurring finishing cattle.

Laois IFA beef crisis meeting: Angus Woods

Adam Woods attended the Laois IFA beef crisis meeting on Monday night and he spoke to IFA livestock chairman Angus Woods about the current issues.

Farmers protest against 'Unfair Deal'

Ciara Leahy meets IFA president Joe Healy and farmer Joe Carroll at a protest against the lack of progress in easing the burden of nursing home charges on farming families.

Measures to cut ammonia must be realistic

IFA environment chair Thomas Cooney reacts to Government proposals to reduce ammonia pollution from farms with Irish Farmers Journal news correspondent Thomas Hubert.

Timing vaccinations on dairy farms

Dairylink Ireland programme farmer John Oliver and Sarah Campbell from MSD discuss the animal health plans and the timing of vaccinations with Peter McCann.

Tramline farmer James O'Reilly on his new Yara LS 2 N sensor

Tramline farmer James O'Reilly discusses the new Yara LS 2 N sensor which is the first in the country.

Problem with the backstop

Michael Haverty explains how three promises made by the UK government are mutually exclusive in relation to the Irish border.

Grassland weed control - now is the time to get it right

Stephen Robb talks to Chris Maughan of Whelehan Crop Protection about grassland weed control. With good growing conditions having returned once again, now is the time to control grassland weeds this spring.

Tillage TAMS and infrastructure focus - what to expect

William Conlon and Stephen Robb discuss what’s coming up in this week’s Tillage TAMS and Infrastructure focus.

Ricky Milligan on his farm in Kildare

Matthew Halpin chats with farmer Ricky Milligan after his spring BETTER farm management walk.

Trialling grass varieties on farms

Paul Flanagan from DLF Seeds & Science speaks to Peter McCann about trialling grass varieties on commercial dairy farms across Ireland.

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The farmer's daily wrap: farm fatality, African swine fever and bees
Here is your news round-up of the five top farming stories and weather outlook for Saturday 24 May.

Weather forecast

Met Éireann has said that it will be rather cloudy at first on Saturday, with patches of light rain or drizzle, mainly affecting the western half of the country.

Cloud is forecast to start to break later in the morning, with spells of sunshine for the afternoon and evening.

However, Atlantic coastal areas will remain quite dull and damp.

It looks set to be a humid day, with top temperatures ranging from 16°C to 20°C in light to moderate southwesterly breezes.

In the news

  • There is a mixed bag of weather ahead for the weekend, with showers, sunshine and highs of 20°C.
  • Minister warning to holiday-makers over African swine fever: “Don’t bring back your sandwich; don’t bring back your salami.”
  • A man in his 60s has died following an accident on a farm in Aughnacliffe, Co Longford.
  • Just 207t of skimmed milk powder (SMP) remains in the EU’s intervention measure.
  • And Irish citizens are being asked to report sightings of bees in a nationwide online survey.
  • Coming up this Saturday

  • Good week/bad week.
  • Free trailer marking against theft.
  • The latest from Newford Farm.
    Three-man race for ICSA president
    The Irish Cattle and Sheep Association (ICSA) will elect a new president in June.

    Three candidates are in the running to become the next president of the ICSA following the close of nominations on Friday evening.

    In alphabetical order, these candidates are as follows:

  • Hugh Farrell, Cavan.
  • Dermot Kelleher, Cork west.
  • Edmond Phelan, Waterford.
  • The election will take place in Portlaoise on the evening of Thursday 27 June.

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    Family-owned feedlots entitled to compensation – ICSA

    Brexit beef compensation: what farmer groups want

    Watch: vegetable growers turn on the irrigation systems
    O’Shea Farms and Hughes Farming have both turned on the irrigation pumps this week.

    In order to combat dry conditions, O’Shea Farms and Hughes Farming were irrigating crops this week.

    Julian Hughes says he has never irrigated as early as May before and that he has two reels out at the moment, but will be putting another two out next week if there is no rain in the meantime.

    “We have a 30mm soil moisture deficit,” he said.

    “The fear of a repeat of 2018 is palpable in the yard at home, there’s dust everywhere.”

    In a normal year, he said that he would irrigate the crops in July and August.

    But so far he has put 30mm on parsnips and followed up five days later with another 30mm.

    “You could ask are we selecting higher-yielding varieties that need more inputs. But I’m using the same variety with the last 20 years.

    "It’s just very dry. We need 50mm over three days to get things balanced up.”

    Agronomist with O’Shea farms Tom Murray said that it would be normal for them to be irrigating at this time of year. They grow carrots in Piltown and Carrick-on-Suir.

    “We’re putting on 12mm to 15mm, not any more than that. We don’t want to wash away any pre-emergence spray,” Tom said.

    “There has been years before when we needed to irrigate to encourage germination. But the soil is starting to dry out and we want to be ahead of it.”

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    Fields drying up as some farmers wait for rain

    Flood risk farmers urged to make submissions

    Crops remain in good condition but have become more variable