Ireland - Farming
Tuesday - 11th December, 2018
Beef slaughter weights down across the board
AVER AGE slaughter weights for most cattle are well back this year compared to 2017, confirming the ...
Tuesday - 4th December, 2018
Eye in the sky technology set to replace farm inspections
EYE in the sky satellite surveillance with the precision to read livestock tag numbers is set to rep...
Tuesday - 27th November, 2018
Hopes for beef price bounce washed away by flood of cattle
THE chances of a pre-Christmas bounce in beef prices evaporated this week, with the factories contin...
Tuesday - 20th November, 2018
Furious beef farmers warn sector is on brink of collapse
ANGRY beef farmers have thrown down the gauntlet to the IFA to deliver stronger leadership on prices...
Tuesday - 13th November, 2018
Gardaí ‘powerless’ to prevent farm trespass
GREATER restrictions on trespassers and a special task force on rural crime are being demanded by th...
Tuesday - 6th November, 2018
Processors facing flood of milk as supplies surge
SURGING milk production over the last two months has transformed output predictions for the year.&am...
Tuesday - 30th October, 2018
Hogan issues CAP payment ultimatum
THE EU will withhold CAP payments from Ireland and other member states unless new measures to suppor...
Tuesday - 23rd October, 2018
Beef prices harden on back of British demand
BEEF PRICES have hardened by €20-€40/hd over the last week on the back of stronger demand in the...
Tuesday - 16th October, 2018
Farm antibiotics pose threat to human health
A DRASTIC reduction of antibiotic usage in farming is required in the battle against lethal superbug...
Tuesday - 9th October, 2018
Vital calf export trade faces severe disruption
THE vital live export trade for calves to the continent could be severely disrupted this spring beca...
Tuesday - 2nd October, 2018
Radical TB plan could restrict reactor herds
HERDS which have had a bovine TB (bTB) breakdown could be prevented from trading with farms that hav...
Tuesday - 25th September, 2018
Factories under fire over ‘scandalous’ beef prices
BEEF factories and the IFA are on a collision course after processors have again moved to cut prices...
Tuesday - 18th September, 2018
IFA on war footing over vulture fund forced sales
A NATIONWIDE battle on farm debt is brewing, with the IFA warning that it will strongly support land...
Tuesday - 11th September, 2018
Fatigue is a massive issue for farmers and the consequences can be deadly
THE risk of a successor’s marriage breaking down is one of the biggest factors preventing dairy fa...
Tuesday - 4th September, 2018
Meat sector must diversify to avoid Brexit ‘catastrophe’
A NO-DEAL Brexit would be “catastrophic” for Ireland’s €1.7billion meat exports trade with B...
Tuesday - 28th August, 2018
Beef farmers sell fodder rather than buy livestock
MANY beef farmers have decided against finishing cattle this winter and are opting to sell their val...
Tuesday - 21st August, 2018
Farm leaders and Department lock horns on TB eradication
A WAR of words has erupted between the IFA and the Department of Agriculture on the TB eradication p...
Tuesday - 14th August, 2018
TB outbreak spiralling out of control warns IFA
A MAJOR TB outbreak in Monaghan is threatening to spiral out of control, farmer leaders in the count...
Tuesday - 7th August, 2018
Livestock farmers urged to get ‘proactive’ on fodder
LIVESTOCK farmers should maximise the potential of the recently announced fodder aid package by agre...
Tuesday - 31st July, 2018
Land boom in Leinster but sales slump in west
LAND prices have increased by 8pc nationally in the first six months of the year on the back of incr...
Tuesday - 24th July, 2018
Vets warn of all-out strike at meat plants
VETS have warned of a possible shutdown of the country’s meat plants unless progress is made in st...
Tuesday - 17th July, 2018
Western farmers up to €10k worse off on BPS
FARMERS in the southeast and east continue to be the big winners from CAP, despite EU Commission mov...
Tuesday - 10th July, 2018
Grass growth collapse hits farmers for €360m
THE COLLAPSE in grass growth has cost dairy and drystock farmers close to €360m over the last six ...
Tuesday - 3rd July, 2018
Tuesday - 26th June, 2018
Farmers are facing a heatwave meltdown
LARGE numbers of cattle are being offloaded and farmers are back feeding stock as the scorching heat...
Tuesday - 19th June, 2018
Climate change targets threat to dairy growth
THE Government could be forced to restrict farming expansion if Ireland is to avoid massive EU fines...
Tuesday - 12th June, 2018
Cattle prices surge by up to €300/head
A BOOMING trade in the marts for heavy cattle has resulted in top-quality forward stores making €2...
Tuesday - 5th June, 2018
Farm incomes facing potential €200m hit
IRISH farm income could fall by €200m a year depending on the exact design of the future Common Ag...
Tuesday - 29th May, 2018
÷ Today Irish Rural Link AGM, 10am12.30pm in the Tullamore Court Hotel, Co Offaly. ...
Tuesday - 22nd May, 2018
Beef breeders and ICBF set for public showdown
BEEF breeders and the ICBF are set for a very public clash today on the value of the Beef Data and G...
Tuesday - 15th May, 2018
Irish beef set for Chinese shelves by mid-summer
IRISH beef should be on the market in China by mid-summer — and the Minister for Agriculture, Mich...
Tuesday - 8th May, 2018
Furious farmers demand U-turn on tagging plan
FARMERS and the Department of Agriculture are on a collision course this week following the announce...
Tuesday - 1st May, 2018
Cattle prices surge as factories vie for stock And further rises forecast as shortage of finished cattle drives ‘fierce competition’ in the trade
FACTORY buyers have binned weight and age penalties and upped prices as they battle to secure cattle...
Tuesday - 24th April, 2018
Breeding problems ahead for ‘thin’ cows
CONCERNS are being raised over the fast-approaching breeding season as farmers continue to deal with...
Tuesday - 17th April, 2018
Tomorrow North Tipperary IFA Executive meeting will be held in the Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh at 8.30...
Tuesday - 10th April, 2018
Farmers facing fodder crisis ‘double whammy’
FARMERS are facing a ‘double whammy’ from weather woes as costs surge due to fodder bills while ...
Tuesday - 3rd April, 2018
Fodder crisis spreading to dairy heartland
A FORAGE register to connect feed buyers and sellers is being established by Teagasc as a fodder cri...
Tuesday - 27th March, 2018
Knackeries at breaking point on dead animals
COLLECTION services at one of the largest knackeries in the midlands are close to a standstill due t...
Tuesday - 20th March, 2018
Meat processors need 2,000 extra workers Factories on collision course with unions over plans to recruit from outside the EU
MEAT processors are seeking a massive 2,000 permits for workers from outside the EU to counter what ...
Tuesday - 13th March, 2018
Scramble for sucklers as penalties loom
A SCRAMBLE to buy quality suckler replacement stock kicked off this week after the Department of Agr...
Tuesday - 6th March, 2018
Fodder fears growing again as farmers pick up the pieces
FARMERS were battling the aftermath of Storm Emma this week as the full costs of the Siberian cold s...
Tuesday - 27th February, 2018
IFA to draw on reserve fund to settle Smith case
THE IRISH Farmers’ Association will be forced to dip into its special reserve fund to pay a settle...
Tuesday - 20th February, 2018
Welfare measures to ban sales of newborn calves
SELLING calves under 10 days old will be banned under new animal welfare measures being prepared by ...
Tuesday - 13th February, 2018
Slurry build-up is now close to breaking point
CONTRACTORS are battling atrocious weather this week to get slurry spread for hard-pressed farmers.&...
Tuesday - 6th February, 2018
FORESTRY Minister Andrew Doyle has challenged Coillte to undo the “damage” done to the confidenc...
Tuesday - 30th January, 2018
It’s make or break time on Mercosur beef deal
THE IRISH Government is upping the ante on its opposition to an agreement that could grant Brazil an...
Tuesday - 23rd January, 2018
Factories cracking down on ‘dirty’ sheep
FARMERS are facing a clean sheep clampdown in the factories this week, with reports of some plants t...
Tuesday - 16th January, 2018
Fertiliser price hikes will cost farmers €36m
A BIG hike in fertiliser prices this spring could cost farmers over €36m. Price increases...
Tuesday - 9th January, 2018
Live calf exports set to surge as ship awaits the green light
AN ALTERNATIVE live export ship to replace the Stena Line vessel Horizon is due to be inspected by o...
Tuesday - 19th December, 2017
Farmers warned they must register land leases online
THOUSANDS of farmers have been warned that they are legally obliged to register leases online as par...
Tuesday - 12th December, 2017
ICOS BULLET TRAIN
SOME OF the country’s marts are at risk of closure due to rising accident claims and soaring insur...
Tuesday - 5th December, 2017
Winter fodder crisis has already hit north-west
Over 90pc of farmers in the north-west are facing serious fodder shortages this winter, with stock o...
Tuesday - 28th November, 2017
Loan funds circle over indebted farmers’ private family homes
FARMERS struggling with massive boom-era debts are now being asked to provide internet map links to ...
Tuesday - 21st November, 2017
THE ABSENCE of compulsory electronic tagging in the sheep sector is hindering access for exports int...
Tuesday - 14th November, 2017
Fodder prices double in scramble for supplies
THE COST of straw, hay and silage has doubled since the harvest as farmers in the Border counties an...
Tuesday - 7th November, 2017
Safety experts issue winter farm warning
FARM fatalities will rise this winter unless farmers heed safety campaigns, a leading safety expert ...
Tuesday - 31st October, 2017
Is it time to cancel some cows’ winter holidays?
AN ESTIMATED 23pc of cows in the liquid milk herd are taking a long holiday every winter. was one of...
Tuesday - 24th October, 2017
CAP payments limit is on the table in Brussels
A CEILING on EU direct payments per farmer is being proposed as part of a major post-2020 overhaul o...
Tuesday - 17th October, 2017
Brussels moves to curb speculators’ land grab
THE EU has moved to combat the large-scale acquisition of farmland by investment funds. In ...
Tuesday - 10th October, 2017
Marginal farmers in line for a €25m budget boost •
similar to last year’s low-cost loans for farmers. There was extremely high demand for th...
Tuesday - 3rd October, 2017
Prices plummet as weather takes toll on cattle trade
PLAIN store cattle were back €70 to €90/hd in the marts this week as the atrocious weather condi...
Tuesday - 26th September, 2017
Heavy rainfall wreaking havoc with farm work
HARD-PRESSED agricultural contractors and farmers have called for a twoweek extension to the slurry-...
Tuesday - 19th September, 2017
Land prices soar by 32pc
PRICES being paid at auction for farmland have increased dramatically but the amount of land being s...
Tuesday - 12th September, 2017
A PHASING out of the current cattle grading system and a move to payment based on meat yield is bein...
Tuesday - 5th September, 2017
Sterling slump costing farmers millions per week
THE slide in the value of sterling is costing the Irish agri-food sector millions per week, farming ...
Tuesday - 29th August, 2017
Trail of devastation IFA demand aid package for farmers ‘facing ruin’ in the north-west
THE multi-million euro cost of the storm that wreaked havoc across the north-west is still being cou...
Tuesday - 22nd August, 2017
Torrential rain brings harvest to a standstill
CONCERNS are rising about this year’s grain harvest as torrential downpours bring combines to a st...
Tuesday - 15th August, 2017
Italian retailer looking for ‘green’ Irish stock Supermarket chain signals interest in sourcing large numbers of GM and antibiotic-free weanlings
PREMIUM prices could potentially be available to beef farmers who can prove their stock has been rea...
Tuesday - 8th August, 2017
Factories and farmers lock horns on prices
THE factories and beef finishers were on a collision course this week as processors attempted to pul...
Tuesday - 1st August, 2017
Animal health services on brink of labour crisis
A CRISIS is emerging in animal health services, veterinary experts have warned. There are c...
Tuesday - 25th July, 2017
Farmers facing €30m glyphosate ‘hammer blow’
A BAN on glyphosate could cost Irish tillage farmers €30m a year in lost cereal yields. U...
Tuesday - 18th July, 2017
SUFFOLK SUPREMO Food boss calls for low cost loans to fight Brexit
AGRI businesses need long-term, low-cost loan measures to boost their competitiveness in the face of...
Tuesday - 11th July, 2017
Thousands of safety ‘near misses’ every year on farms Risk factors at ‘frightening’ levels warns FBD survey
THERE ARE thousands of “near misses” in relation to serious injuries and fatalities every year o...
Tuesday - 4th July, 2017
Milk prospects positive despite butter ‘bubble’
MILK prices will remain strong through the second half of the year despite the sharp rise in supplie...
Tuesday - 27th June, 2017
Dairy set to expand into new territory
TRADITIONAL tillage counties in the south-east and drystock areas across the midlands and west are f...
Tuesday - 20th June, 2017
Factories slash beef price by up to €50/hd
FACTORY moves to slash beef prices by €20 to €50/hd has provoked a furious reaction from the far...
Tuesday - 13th June, 2017
Rural crime gangs hit with €4m tax bill Criminal Assets Bureau moves to confiscate properties
THE Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) is demanding payments of over €4m in outstanding taxes from membe...
Tuesday - 6th June, 2017
Hill farmers facing a €50m hammer blow on payments
HILL farmers and stock owners with marginal land potentially stand to lose more than €50m in direc...
Tuesday - 30th May, 2017
ACORK dairy farmer who has revolutionised his farm in just five short years has been crowned Ireland...
Tuesday - 23rd May, 2017
Critics slam Ulster Bank loan fee ‘profit’
ULSTER Bank is being accused of “profiteering”, as farm bodies criticise charges on its ‘low-c...
Tuesday - 16th May, 2017
‘Anti-forestry’ activists lit wildfires
ANTI-FORESTRY campaigners deliberately started wildfires that devastated thousands of acres of land ...
Tuesday - 9th May, 2017
FBD boss takes farmers to task on health and safety
THE head of insurer FBD has taken farmers to task over their poor record on health and safety.&n...
Tuesday - 2nd May, 2017
Beef boost as Libyan deal gets green light
CATTLE exports to Libya will resume this month with stock for shipping already being purchased in th...
Tuesday - 25th April, 2017
‘Go online or risk losing payments’ warn officials
THE Department of Agriculture has issued an ultimatum to thousands of farmers to get online by 2018 ...
Tuesday - 18th April, 2017
‘Burnout’ could derail dairy sector growth
FARMER burnout could derail growth in the dairy industry, Dairygold chairman James Lynch has warned....
Tuesday - 11th April, 2017
Munster land values drop by 20pc due to milk price slump
A SHARP drop in Munster land prices has been blamed on the severe income difficulties in the dairy s...
Tuesday - 4th April, 2017
ICBF under fire over bull rating figures
DAIRY farmers and AI companies are “furious” after Economic Breeding Index (EBI) figures for som...
Tuesday - 28th March, 2017
Cashflow boost for dairy farmers
PAYMENTS of around €6.5m will be made this week to 3,500 dairy farmers under the Voluntary Supply ...
Tuesday - 21st March, 2017
IFA takes a massive hit on income
THE IFA has refused to comment on claims that the organisation’s income has fallen by €1.4m over...
Tuesday - 14th March, 2017
Central Bank intervenes on vulture funds
RESTRICTIONS on the manner in which vulture funds deal with borrowers may be in the pipeline followi...
Tuesday - 7th March, 2017
Pressure piles on Creed over GLAS chaos
THOUSANDS of farmers could have to wait until mid-summer to receive outstanding GLAS and AEOS paymen...
Tuesday - 28th February, 2017
Calf prices hit €500/hd at marts as demand soars
CALF PRICES in the marts have hardened on the back of continuing strong demand from farmers and ship...
Tuesday - 21st February, 2017
Creed unveils new National Reserve fund
A NATIONAL Reserve Scheme for 2017 with a fund of €5m will be launched today by the Minister for A...
Tuesday - 14th February, 2017
Creed rules out suckler subsidy plan
MINISTER for Agriculture Michael Creed has ruled out demands for increased supports for suckler prod...
Tuesday - 7th February, 2017
Farm leaders demand action on vulture funds
THE POTENTIAL sell-off by AIB of €1.8bn in bad loans has triggered fears among thousands of indebt...
Tuesday - 31st January, 2017
÷ Today National Sheep Conference — Landmark Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon, 5.50pm &...
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