Farm leaders savage minister for scrapping straw scheme
Farm leaders have criticised Minister McConalogue's decision to suspend the Straw Incorporation Measure
No change to fertiliser limits for 2024 - Minister
Minister McConlaogue has urged farmers to complete fertiliser and fodder plans for the remainder of the year.
Ireland best in Europe for farm carbon monitoring
A network of 28 carbon flux towers dotted all over the country will generate Ireland-specific information on carbon emissions and sequestration which may influence future farming policies.
EPA cuts beef and sheep emissions estimates
The EPA revised beef and sheep sector emissions downwards from the previous emissions estimates.
More water quality rules needed - Muir
The current NAP includes rules around closed periods for spreading slurry and fertiliser, as well as minimum slurry storage requirements.
Martbids Database: better week for bullock trade
Adam Woods has the latest on this week’s mart trade, including what’s happening in the marts this week.
Camera at the Mart: dry cows in demand in Mohill
Adam Woods report’s from Mohill Mart’s general cattle sale last Saturday.
Sheep mart prices: trade steady to firmer in cases
With entries of finished lambs at a low level and signs of a steadier trade, factory agents have been competing with greater intensity for well-fleshed lambs.
Camera at the Mart: exporters continue to drive weanling bull trade
Farmers delivered the type of weanling bull exporters were looking for and were rewarded for their efforts in Skibbereen Mart on Friday last, reports Tommy Moyles.
Dairygold imposes €4/t feed penalty
Weekend deliveries of compound feed attract €4/t surcharge at southern co-op.
Raining again on St Swithin’s day
It's heat rather than rain that is needed to drive growth at the moment, writes Thomas Condon.
There’s a future for palm oil in the dairy supply chain
If not palm, then what? Understanding the complex story of sustainable palm and the vital role it plays in supporting global conservation efforts, local economies and the dairy supply chain.
Vets’ emergency meeting late in the day
Editor Jack Kennedy will be watching to see if changes are made to vaccine availability for farmers.
Vets to hold emergency meeting over new medicine rules
Members of Veterinary Ireland have been invited to an emergency meeting in Tipperary this week.
Camera at the summer shows 2024
Adam Woods profiles some of the prizewinners at the summer show that took place over the last week.
Top of €1,650 at Tullamore Vendéen sale
Adam Woods reports from the Irish Vendéen Sheep Society Sale held in Tullamore at the weekend.
Take steps to minimise aftereffects of wet winter on silage, farmers urged
Heightened risks of soil and slurry contamination in first-cut grass silage after the wet winter will require extra vigilance with silage making this season, an expert is urging.
Bridging skills gaps in agriculture: the role of micro-credentials
The agriculture and food sectors are rapidly transforming, driven by challenges and technological advancements.
Balancing sustainability and profitability on your farm
One Health initiatives such as antimicrobial reduction and the banning of high levels of zinc oxide in feed have resulted in additional challenges to farmers.
Doxstar Pro: denying docks a second chance before first-cut silage
Docks can create serious problems in grassland, negatively affecting productivity.
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Kerry Co-op still looking for a strategy ahead of April 2026 contract expiration
Work on developing new plans for co-op’s future are not progressing as fast as expected
Commissioner calls for more CAP funding
European Commissioner for Agriculture Janusz Wojciechowski looks back on a term of ‘crisis management’ and recommends that more money is secured for the next CAP.
Farm costs continue their slow decline
Latest CSO data shows almost every input cost for agriculture eased in May
Quality Assurance needs farmer buy-in
Quality Assurance is a core requirement to supply the highest value customers for Irish beef, but farmers need to see the value in euros to be persuaded to do more.
Sustainability progress on Irish farms
Origin Green sustainability and data analytics manager Dr Eleanor Murphy reports on Irish farm emissions.
Construction begins at Joskin’s new spreader and trailer factory
Belgian machinery manufacturer Joskin has begun construction of a new factory in Luxembourg.
Clare contractor set to sell out
Michael Doyle Auctions will host an online machinery clearance auction on behalf of Co Clare agricultural contractor Thomas Cosgrave, on Wednesday, 24 July.
€15,000/ac guide price for Louth land
The small holding lies in three adjoining fields and is close to Dundalk and to the motorway, writes Paul Mooney.
Dreamy dairy farm for €5m
Here’s a ready-to-go Laois dairy farm – and it’s set up for large-scale, efficient production, writes Paul Mooney.
High-quality pasture at Offaly cattle holding
This farm will be of interest to cattle farmers but also to possible commercial buyers looking for livestock lairage or a finishing unit, writes Paul Mooney.
Tranche 2 approvals for TAMS breaches 7,000
As of the 15 July, 7,153 applications have been approved under tranche 2 of TAMS III, while a review on reference costs will take place in 2025.
Farmers misled on straw scheme
Farmers made key decisions based on the straw scheme this season, as they looked at poor winter crops.
A kick to tillage farmers when they are down
Tillage farmers were furious when they heard that the SIM may be suspended. Many have already started harvesting.
An Bord Pleanála upholds 214ac solar farm refusal
An Bord Pleanála has upheld Westmeath County Council’s decision to refuse permission for a 214-acre solar farm near Mullingar.
Minister to address Energy and Farm Diversification Show
The event takes place Thursday 18 July at Gurteen College, Co Tipperary.
Forestry plantings slump to 5ha/week
Five hectares is just a fraction of the level of planting recorded in July 2023 and was described as a continuation of the forestry sector’s “poor performance” this year.
State grant aided 288,000ha of forestry since the 1980s
Just six forestry owners received Department grants across a combined 8,700ha of forests.
News round-up from Northern Ireland
Weekly round-up of news from the farming industry in Northern Ireland.
Cull cows prices down 48p/kg in 2024
Market reports show a significant price drop in cull cow prices when compared to 2023 levels.
Reader photos: seeking all egg enthusiasts
We are looking for photos of children and their hens, poultry and eggs to feature in an EGGcellent round-up of flocks around the country.
Final countdown for Cork and Clare
It's a privilege to report on the All-Ireland final - but when your own county is involved, objectivity is paramount, writes Denis Hurley
Westmeath village in running for European honours
Picturesque Ballinahown village is bidding for glory in a prestigious European competition, writes Deirdre Verney.
A week in the country
Find out what caught the eye of the team this week.
Katherine O'Leahy: babysitting my second grandchild
Katherine's little grandchild, Peter waited for his bottle while his Granny struggled in his parents new kitchen.