Huge potential for agri-tourism in south-west counties

The agri-tourism potential of west Limerick and north Kerry is huge, according to Limerick Chamber, which has outlined the opportunities at a seminar in Newcastle ...

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Clarity on stamp duty is welcome, say young farmers

A key issue for Macra na Feirme since Budget 2018 has been received clarity around the state aid rules.

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Legal advice: You need a licence for safe disposal of knotweed or its contaminated soil

Control of invasive plants is governed by European and Irish legislation, writes Karen Walsh.

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Sell-off of imported livestock fodder

Dairygold Co-op has offered farmers who buy 25 tonnes of alfalfa a €1,000 voucher for ruminant compound feed.

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Irish milk not yet affected by lactose market setback

China’s 700 million pigs eat about 400g of lactose each in their lifetime.

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China to speed up inspection visits to Irish meat plants

Chinese authorities have agreed an accelerated process for the inspection and registration of more Irish beef plants, due to take place in August.

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Agri Science students gain insights on dairy careers

More than 130 fifth year Agricultural Science students attended a farm walk was held on the farm of Karol Kissane, Ballylongford, Co Kerry.

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23 schemes to ‘get a result’ for the environment

Daniel Hession reports on how European Innovation Partnership schemes will use €59m of funding to help build a sustainable agricultural system that respects ...

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Sustainability of rural Ireland was at the heart of this year’s RDS Spring Awards

The economic and environmental sustainability of rural Ireland was at the heart of this year’s RDS Spring Awards.

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May Sustainability Month series: Farming special

Professor Alan Matthews Food Wise 2025 sets out a roadmap for increases in agricultural output over the 2015-2020 period.

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How Microsoft Airband would solve the urban-rural broadband gap

Last week’s Government decision to award the national broadband plan contract to Granahan McCourt wasn’t the only big recent announcement about improving ...

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123-acre residential Co Tipperary farm for auction

The auction date is in early June, but interest has already been building in a large residential holding of some note that will go under the hammer with auctioneers ...

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Farmers seek clarity on EU compensation for beef farming collapse

Beef farmers need clarity on how much compensation they are to receive from Government and the EU to soften Brexit-related beef price cuts incurred since last autumn, ...

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World dairy and meat prices rise, reports FAO

World food prices rose 1.5% in April, with a jump in dairy and meat prices offsetting a fall in cereal prices, the Food and Agriculture Organisation reports.

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Five schools take on calf rearing task

Students have been chosen from five schools to rear Irish Angus calves for 18 months in the Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition.

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Move to help communities access grant funding

Information for community groups on how to submit effective applications for grant funding will be delivered at a series of events this month.

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New Zealand eco bill under attack from environmental lobbies

Farming and environmental lobbies in New Zealand have criticised their government’s introduction of a bill that aims to make the nation mostly carbon neutral ...

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Department clinics as Basic Payment Scheme deadline looms

Farmers have until next Wednesday, May 15, to complete their Basic Payment Scheme application online.

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Minister for Agriculture 'appalled' by treatment of exported calves in recent footage

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, has criticised French handlers who were filmed allegedly abusing Irish cattle in Cherbourg.

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€1m scheme to help new forest owners affected by 2018 drought

Tomorrow, May 10, is the deadline for submission of applications in the new reconstitution scheme for forest owners whose plantations were affected by the 2018 drought. ...

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Scheme that pays up to €40 per eligible suckler calf well under way

Up to last week, some 1,700 individuals had registered privately owned scales, and some 30,000 weights had been recorded, in the Beef Environmental Efficiency Pilot ...

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Thousands at Kildare open day

More than 2,000 people attended a family day out on the dairy farm of Larry and Karen Hannon in Ballitore, Co Kildare.

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ICSA puts spotlight on Monaghan TB issues

ICSA is hosting a farmers meeting to discuss the TB situation in Monaghan, taking place in the Four Seasons Hotel in Monaghan, from 8pm on May 8.

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Dairy farmers angry at Glanbia’s low milk price

Anger is rapidly building up among Glanbia suppliers following cuts to its milk price in recent months, said IFA dairy chairman Tom Phelan.

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Our columnist didn't like the takeover of the 'heirwaves'

I begin by minting a new word, to try and match the crazy month that is upon us.

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Bakers are all set to rise to the annual brown bread challenge

Baking enthusiasts can earn some serious ‘dough’ again this year, with details of the 2019 National Brown Bread Baking competition just announced.

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Diversified, organic farm ahead of its time

Diversification is the key recommendation for the farming sector from the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Change.

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Why are election candidates all so happy and content?

A woman begged my pardon the other night, while I was out, enjoying a quiet pint.

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High-profile beef farmer's switch to dairy in 2014 has gone well

Michael Doran is quite a new entrant to dairy farming based at Johnstown, Duncormick, Co Wexford.

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Global success beckons for North Yorkshire fertiliser

The world is waiting for the first deliveries of a multi-nutrient fertiliser from 5,000 feet under the North Yorkshire moors, connected to export facilities at Teeside ...

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80-acre farm 13km from Cork city centre goes for auction

Although the selling agents, Dick Barry & Sons, reveal nothing more than cautious optimism about a forthcoming auction of an 80-acre farm near Watergrasshill in ...

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IFA came to rebel Cork ‘to start a farmer rebellion’

IFA warned the Government of a day of reckoning in the European Parliament and local elections on May 24, when the Association's members protested at Cork’s ...

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Stud farmer challenges decision to approve solar farm on adjoining lands

A Co Wicklow Stud farmer has launched a High Court challenge against An Bord Pleanala's decision to allow a solar power facility to be built on lands adjoining his ...

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ICMSA warns co-ops not to cut April milk price

ICMSA dairy chairperson, Ger Quain, said that any move by dairy co-ops to cut their April milk price will cause widespread anger among farmers.

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Pig farmers urged to join efficiency programme

Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, has unveiled a €500,000 fund for the Lean Principles Programme for pig farmers.

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Walks focus on farmer wellbeing

Farm families are invited to attend a series of nine free forest walks in support of the Green Ribbon campaign to raise mental health awareness during May.

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Teagasc fifth best in EU research funding league

Teagasc was joint fifth among EU research organisations and universities accessing research funding during 2018 from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 ...

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Most farm fatalities are aged 50+

Farmers must consider retiring earlier to extend the sector’s life expectancy, said Dr Sharon McGuinness, CEO, Health Service Authority.

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Swallows are back and Trump is on the way

I have mighty good news for all of you this week.

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Trio of farms sold near Clonakilty hit average of €23,000 per acre

One of the strongest farmland sale zones in Munster in recent years has been the ‘eastern end’ of West Cork — and in particular, the fertile lands ...

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Agri Aware to host free open farm events for general public

Agri Aware is hosting three simultaneous free open farm events in Cork, Dublin and Kildare on bank holiday Monday, May 6.

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IFA seeks support for rural renewable energy

A feed-in tariff and preferential grid access are needed to make on-farm and community renewable energy possible, said IFA president Joe Healy.

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Kerrygold becomes first Irish food brand to reach €1bn milestone

The Kerrygold brand has exceeded €1bn in annual retail value, the first Irish food brand to reach this milestone.

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Solar pilot scheme results point to 20% lower dairy farm electricity bills

A Co Kilkenny dairy farmer is showing the way forward to low carbon agriculture, with his own solar farm, on course to reduce his annual dairy farm electricity bill ...

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960 panels on Iverk Produce packhouses generate 208,000kw

Ireland’s largest photovoltaic solar energy installation at the time was installed at O’Shea Farms in Co Kilkenny in October, 2015.

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Robots ready as workers turn away from agri-food

Collecting eggs, packing tomatoes, weeding, checking animal welfare, harvesting fruits, and detecting pests in crops will all be performed by robots in the not-too-distant ...

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Tax role in retaining labour, says ifac

Tax-efficient approaches to rewarding farm labour can help retain workers, says Declan McEvoy, head of tax with ifac.

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Mixed reactions to low-cost loans

Agriculture Minister Michael Creed has welcomed the EU’s new €1bn fund of low-interest loans targetting young farmers.

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Recognition for farmers managing their land and livestock in a way that benefits nature

May 12 is the deadline for nominations to find Ireland’s Farming For Nature ambassadors for 2019.

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Why 2014 was the year Irish farming hit the skids

In years to come when the history of Irish agriculture is being written, and downturns are being discussed, some will no doubt point to the bad winter of 2012.

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