Mairead McGuinness praises farmers for taking lead in mental health awareness

Farmers deserve praise for taking a lead in “breaking the silence” on mental health, Mairead McGuinness told Embrace Farm’s ‘Resilient Farmer’ ...

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Farmers surprised as Kent resigns from ICSA

Patrick Kent has stepped down from his role as ICSA president, having been named by Independents 4 Change South of Ireland MEP candidate Mick Wallace on his replacement ...

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110-acre Co Kerry farm likely to exceed €1m at auction

The public auction on Tuesday, May 30 of a 110-acre farm located near Killarney should guarantee a sizeable turnout.

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Prospect of EU trade agreement with New Zealand worries dairy farmers

The threat of EU trade agreements harming Ireland’s main farming sectors has doubled, with negotiations with New Zealand moving forward rapidly.

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Farmers who sell pet lambs may be in breach of regulations

Farmers who sell pet lambs to unregistered individuals may be in breach of regulations.

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Offal worth up to €800m is exported annually by the meat industry, and farmers want a fair share of the returns

Offal worth up to €800m is exported annually by the meat industry, and farmers want a fair share of the returns.

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Irish Wildlife Trust wants changes after a week of wildfires devastated upland habitats

The Irish Wildlife Trust called this week for radical transformation of uplands management, after a week of wildfires which devastated habitats across Ireland.

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IFA urges meat factories to match increases across EU markets

Irish meat factories are lagging behind the pigmeat prices being offered across Europe in recent weeks, said IFA pigs chairman Tom Hogan.

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A 40th wedding anniversary invitation is a reminder of penitential pilgrimages

There are some startling truths out there.

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A farmer's short-lived attempt to give up eating meat

“Will you have another rasher?” my missus asked before horsing one onto my plate straight from the pan.

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April 30 deadline to get involved in latest local EIP scheme

EIP funding in the current Rural Development Programme is raising the profile of how farmers can help biodiversity around the country.

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ASSAP bid to improve water quality under way

Meetings with farmers and communities are going on around the country as part of the Agricultural Sustainability Support and

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Scheme pays farmers to work with nature and the freshwater pearl mussel

Glenbeg Lake in Co Cork’s Beara peninsula, has one of the country’s largest identified remaining Pearl Mussel populations.

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Macra says Ireland's ailing beef sector needs a pragramatic plan

This year Macra na Feirme celebrates 75 years of representing, supporting and developing young farmers to help them overcome the challenges they and their communities ...

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Irish healthfood company Chia Bia is among world's leading healthy seed suppliers

Chia Bia, a health food company based in Tramore, Co Waterford, has become an industry leader in the supply of seed products to the Irish, European, and international ...

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EU’s 3mt mushroom compost challenge

Monaghan Mushrooms is taking part in a major EU-funded project to make the industry more sustainable.

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Monsoon shows why out-wintered stock always get best prices

We had a bad shower on Saturday. It started at about half past two in the afternoon, and didn’t finish until Monday at 7pm.

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115 acre farm for sale near Bantry Co Cork

There is sure to be a good deal of interest in a West Cork farm currently for sale with Clonakilty-based auctioneers Hodnett Forde Property Services.

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Farmers protest against Fair Deal scheme which can eat away their assets in nursing home fees

As assets go, agricultural land is unique, in that it has huge capital value but only a very limited earning capacity.

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Minister slams ‘violent crime’ of national park wildfire

The recent wildfire in Killarney National Park has been described as “a violent crime” by Josepha Madigan, the Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht minister. ...

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Cormac MacConnell: Elastic band-driven tractor bounces back

Steady yourselves now, for ye are about to encounter a world exclusive scoop in this earthy space.

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Heat detection helping hand for tail painters

Denis Lehane When it comes to identifying, developing and creating new devices to help us on the land, surely there is none better than the entrepreneurial farmer ...

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Irish pig farmers hope to benefit as ASF leaves global customers scrambling to secure long-term protein supplies

African swine fever in China has become a major world food markets event, with the Chinese loss in pork production now estimated at nearly 30%, larger than the US ...

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Angry dairy farmers react to milk price cuts at co-ops

The Dairygold Co-op board has maintained the March milk price at the February level of 31.19 cent per litre (cpl), including VAT, and a 0.65cpl quality and sustainability ...

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Macra: Processor bonus key to future of beef

A bonus to young farmers from processors and access to training can be crucial in creating a viable future for the beef sector, says Macra na Feirme president James ...

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China approves imports from 12th meat plant

Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, said a further Irish beef plant has been approved by the Chinese authorities and listed by GACC, the Chinese General Administration ...

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IFA seeks realistic plan to reduce carbon footprint

IFA has urged the State to prioritise Teagasc’s realistic measures to reduce agriculture’s carbon footprint over the Citizens’ Assembly’s ...

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Stay sober and check your tyres

Going through the village of Ballineen the other night, I was stopped by the guards.

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IFA warns that Ireland's imports of non-EU maize are undermining Origin Green credentials

IFA grain chairman, Mark Browne, said that Irish tillage farmers are furious about the continued failure of many animal feed merchants to use local barley.

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Newly rebranded dairy body prioritises drive to reduce antibiotic usage

Legislation due to prohibit the blanket use of antibiotics on dairy farms by 2022 is a priority issue for the newly rebranded Milk Quality Ireland.

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Macra President Thomas Duffy highlights farmers’ Brexit plight

The Brexit plight of intensive pig, poultry and mushroom farmers has been raised by Thomas Duffy from Virginia, Cavan, who was last week declared the 37th Macra ...

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New map can point the way in mobile blackspots

A national map of outdoor mobile phone coverage for 2G, 3G and 4G services for a range of providers has been published by ComReg, the Commission for Communications ...

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First equine piroplasmosis since 2009

Horse owners are on alert after equine piroplasmosis was found in a mare in Co Kilkenny.

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Price of a fencer is shock to the system

I’m after a terrible few weeks of it. I’m worn out from chasing cattle.

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From Aintree to the cattle marts, cream always rises to the top

I didn’t go to the Grand National on Saturday. I was working. But I heard it on the radio, which is the same thing really.

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Grass course attracts overseas experts

Agri professionals from across the world are attending a five-day grassland training course being hosted this week by Teagasc Ballyhaise Agricultural College, Co ...

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Legal advice with Karen Walsh: Can my boyfriend take my farm?

I have been living with my boyfriend for two years in my family home, which belongs to me, and is on the family farm. What is the position if we were to break up?

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UK clears EU’s animal health requirements

The UK has met the animal health and biosecurity assurances required for a third country to export live animals and animal products to EU member states.

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Beef Plan quiz for candidates

Farmers are exiting suckler production and beef cattle finishing in unprecedented numbers, according to the Beef Plan Movement.

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€1bn plan to eliminate bovine TB by 2030

Agriculture Minister Michael Creed has reiterated his commitment to eradication of bovine TB in Ireland by 2030.

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Dairygold pays its farmers €15m above market price in a record year for milk production

Dairygold's revenues are an all-time high of almost €1 billion. The company's directors talk to Joe Dermody

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How to make best use of zero-grazed grass

Richard Halleron Fresh grass is the cheapest feed source available to dairy cows, and increasing its inclusion in dairy cow diets presents farmers with opportunities ...

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Hogan: No-deal Brexit to hit perishables

Damage to perishable foods caught in port delays will be an early negative consequence of a no-deal Brexit, said Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and ...

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Farm manager with Multiple Sclerosis awarded €31k for unfair dismissal

A farmer unfairly dismissed a manager with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) after allegedly telling him that most people at his stage of MS would have "fallen off the edge ...

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Dairy Management course open for applications

Teagasc now accepts applications for the Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management programme.

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Property marked with your Eircode is less attractive to thieves and it is easier to recover

Eircode has teamed up with the not-for-profit company, Property Marking Ireland, and with local communities, to roll out nationwide property marking to combat theft, ...

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Enormous emissions can be avoided by using bio-based building materials

One of Europe’s tallest timber buildings, with 21 floors, will be completed in Amsterdam by 2020.

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Scheme offers dairy beef market guarantees

Glanbia Ireland and Kepak Group have announced the “Twenty20 Beef Club”, with a pilot year target of 6,000 calves, offering Glanbia

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In Fermanagh, they’d call it a clatty pracus

Often, in these crazy times on all fronts globally, I devoutly wish that I could deploy my most expressive language by far, to inform you fully of how I’m ...

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Wanted: Silage tractor drivers

It’s a busy time on farms as contractors get into full swing, with plenty of field work under way.

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