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Tillage: buffers, liebacks and changes to ACRES rules
Siobhán Walsh
There are a lot of rules for tillage farmers to follow to protect water quality and more changes to ACRES rules.
12 June 2024 News
River nitrates target is an ‘impossible bar’ for some
The EPA target of river nitrates levels of less than 4mg/l or 8mg/l for high and good quality water quality are very difficult to attain, according to Teagasc water catchment expert Eddie Burgess.
12 June 2024 Management
Nitrates derogation threat is existential for dairy farmers
The hands-on nature of dairy farming means that dairy farmers won't be able to trundle along and put up with lower farm incomes supported by off-farm jobs, writes Aidan Brennan.
Further nitrates changes ‘in the pipeline’
The measures proposed under the interim review of the Nitrates Action Programme include reduced excretion rates for calves and lower feed protein allowances.
12 June 2024 Nitrates
‘No significant change’ in water quality – EPA
The EPA's programme manager Mary Gurrie has said that its latest report shows that 'more action is needed to achieve our legally binding water quality objectives'.
12 June 2024 News
Teagasc’s campaign urges quicker adoption of water quality measures
A seven-year campaign launched by Teagasc, in collaboration with sector stakeholders, aims to improve water quality and help secure practices such as the retention of the nitrates derogation.
12 June 2024 Nitrates
Almost 50% cut to profit if derogation is lost
Thomas Condon reports from the Dairygold farm walk on the Goggin farm in Cork where water quality and the impact of the derogation was the centre of attention.
12 June 2024 Grass & feeding
EPA results don’t bode well for derogation case - Teagasc specialist
The EPA target of river nitrates levels of less than 4mg/l or 8mg/l for high and good-quality water quality are very difficult to attain, according to Teagasc water catchment expert Eddie Burgess.
12 June 2024 News
Tirlán to host ‘Farming for the Future’ farm walk and talk
The farmer-focused event will include tips and advice from experts from Tirlán, Teagasc and leading organisations.
11 June 2024 News
Nutrient in NI rivers hits eight-year low
Last year’s improvement in water quality is significant given that 2023 was a wet year.
5 June 2024 Northern Ireland
United effort required for water quality
A united effort from farmer, the dairy industry and politicians is more evident than before when it comes to the future of the nitrates derogation, according to a senior Department inspector.
1 June 2024 News
ICOS calls on MEP candidates to prioritise ‘chronic shortage’ of young farmers
All institutions in the EU should include farmers and co-operatives in the consultation process relating to files which have a direct impact on farms, ICOS has said.
29 May 2024 News