How to provide for a disabled child in your will

I have a child with a disability, who requires constant care. I am becoming increasingly aware that I won’t be around forever, and that I need to plan so my ...

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Grass quality is very different this spring

Many dairy farmers have their milkers out by day, and some are looking at going out for a few hours after evening milking, while the weather allows.

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Lighten Up with Denis Lehane: Valentine boost for the card industry

Last week, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker received a mighty lump of a greeting card from Ireland.

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Government should follow EU line on climate mitigation

Who can you believe on the topic of climate change?

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Four Beef Plan meetings coming up in Munster

The Beef Plan Movement is in Munster for the next forthnight, with four public meetings arranged in its quest to engage with over 40,000 farmers throughout Ireland, ...

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John Deere’s plug-in tractor opens a new future to farmers

John Deere envision a future of new opportunities for farms to supply and use their own energy, to power tractors.

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Give livestock a fighting chance not to get sick

I watched the Irish rugby team against England and Scotland. I like watching rugby and had become accustomed to seeing Ireland play with a certain style and confidence. ...

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Cormac MacConnell: Rural discoveries beat Banagher twice in the one week

Many’s the time most of us of a certain generation have been heard to utter the old country saying, “Well, that beats Banagher!” when shocked and ...

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No-deal Brexit implications relatively benign for tillage

The average net profit margin on specialist tillage farms could increase by more than 10% per hectare, compared to current levels, in a no-deal Brexit, by the year ...

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BEEP applications period starts next Monday

The Beef Environmental Efficiency Pilot (BEEP) targeted support for suckler farmers is a pilot scheme for 2019 only, exchequer funded, and

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Three main Green Cert course options

On completion of the Green Cert course, students meet the requirements of a qualified farmer for the purposes of all Revenue and Department of Agriculture (DAFM) ...

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Phone app helps farmers quickly solve loss of tags

Farmers using Herdwatch who spot that their cattle have lost tags can have the required eartag(s) ready for insertion the next day.

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Hunters beware: you must have permission to enter lands

The law in Ireland recognises the rights of recreational users to come on to private land, for the purposes of recreational activity, such as hiking. Landowners ...

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Karen Walsh: The rights and obligations of dog owners

A farmer should only consider shooting a dog in the most extreme circumstances, writes Karen Walsh

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Organic winners: Beef, dairy, tillage

Beef, dairy, and tillage seem to be the big winners in the Organic Action Plan 2019 to 2025. For beef, the plan aims to “increase organic cattle production ...

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How to pass the SBLAS audit

I have had numerous calls recently from cattle farmers about their Bord Bia assurance audits, and what steps they can take to pass.

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Those fair days were great days for selling cattle

The old people talk about the trouble they used to have with going to the fair.

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57 Golden Vale acres to bring strong auction bidding

Coming up for public auction on March 20 is a 57-acre block of good-quality agricultural land located in the south of Co Limerick.

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Calving is a calm affair compared to foaling

About this time of the year, I usually get a call from Dermot, so it was no surprise when the call eventually came.

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Cormac MacConnell: Will meat eaters do better in Year of the Pig?

Is it a bit unfortunate that our Taoiseach recently said he was trying to eat less red meat, when asked what he was doing on climate change?

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Brexit looks just as bad from the other side

The EU is the biggest trading partner for UK agriculture. Nearly two thirds of UK agricultural exports are to the EU, with 70% of agricultural imports from the EU, ...

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Utilise winter’s grass bounty

Make an effort to utilise grass on farms this spring, and to minimise supplementation levels, is the Teagasc Grass 10 advice to farmers.

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No-deal tariffs could be at 0%

The UK will not introduce food import tariffs if it crashes out of the EU without a deal, predicts RaboResearch senior food and agribusiness analyst Harry Smit.

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€13,500 per acre expected for 54 acres near Donoughmore

Donoughmore in mid-Cork is synonymous with progressive dairy farming, and whenever a substantial quantity of ground comes up for sale in this area, a certain amount ...

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Some landbridge exports may be unviable due to Brexit

Some of Ireland’s exports may become unviable due to the Brexit effect on the UK landbridge to the continental EU, said Transport Minister Shane Ross last ...

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Cow urinal expected to reduce ammonia problem

With ammonia emissions from farming in Ireland near the upper limit allowed by the EU, a cow toilet being developed in the Netherlands which considerably reduces ...

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74 agriculture ministers pledge to improve farmers’ access to digital technologies

EU Agricultural Commissioner Phil Hogan has lamented the gaps in rural broadband coverage in Europe, which he said threaten the competitiveness and economies in ...

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Two part-time training courses on how to utilise grass better

There are two Grass10 Farmer Training courses aimed at dairy, beef and sheep farmers who want to grow more grass and manage their grass better, and improve their ...

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Brexit has angered the little people...

The other night, coming from the pub, I felt a desperate need to answer the call of nature. It’s the most natural thing in the world, when you think about ...

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A week of good news for dairy farmers

As the next sale of EU skim milk powder (SMP) out of public intervention kicks off today, dairy farmers will hope a week of good dairy industry news continues to ...

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30 ‘official’ customer complaints to department of Agriculture’s quality service unit

Stephen Cadogan The Department of Agriculture’s quality service unit received 30 customer service complaints in 2018.

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Equine influenza emerges as new threat to Irish horse trainers

Equine influenza has emerged as a new threat to Irish horse trainers preparing for big meetings like Cheltenham in mid-March.

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UK stockpiling frozen beef ahead of Brexit

A pick-up in the UK’s frozen beef imports which continued in November has been attributed to stockpiling in case of Brexit disrupting supplies.

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Know legal limits in war on crime

Rural crime is on the rise in Ireland. Farmers especially can be targeted because of the high value of machinery they possess, and the isolated nature of farms, ...

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Technical efficiency is often the route to really high dairy profit

Highly profitable dairy farmers learned in the University of Life how to be financially savvy and understand the figures, said agricultural consultant and land agent ...

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Oliver Moore: ‘Fed up’ farmers on the streets of Berlin

For the sixth year in a row, last weekend found me in Berlin for the annual Wir Haben Es Satt. This event

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Reduce GHGs and earn more on the dairy farm

Glanbia dairy farmers have been advised on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).

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'Another night call to a herd of overfat calvers'

Just before I was about to retire to bed, one night recently I received a call from Enda, on of my clients.

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Farmers follow markets, EU, government, not EAT-Lancet

A diet rich in plant-based foods and with fewer animal source foods is a “win-win” for both people and the planet, according to last week’s EAT-Lancet ...

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