16-12-2013 10:23 AM
Irish dairy plant to milk benefits of €5.5m biomass project
An Irish dairy plant has begun work on a €5.5 million (£4.6m) biomass project. The plant at Ballaghadereen in the west of Ireland processes milk from...
10-12-2013 12:59 PM
Irish dairy farmers see incomes surge by 15%
Dairy farmers saw their incomes surge by 15pc this year thanks to very high milk prices.
Overall 2013 was a year of mixed fortunes for farmers than...
02-12-2013 07:04 AM
Farmers to get €600m in EU payments
Farmers are due to get a welcome boost ahead of Christmas, as the Department of Agriculture tonight begins paying out €600m in EU farm payments.
18-11-2013 01:13 AM
Farmers hit by midnight cattle raids
A spate of cattle rustling in the midlands, as well as in Tipperary and Galway, has led to calls for a major revamp of garda resources.
With prime ...
12-11-2013 04:10 AM
Dairy farmers facing EU fines of €6m
Irish dairy farmers are facing fines of more than €6m because of over-production this year.
To the end of September, production was already 0.42% (...
06-11-2013 03:02 AM
British farmland prices average £8,300/ac up to September
The average price of farmland in Britain reached £8,300/ac (€9,700) in the first nine months of 2013, a new survey has revealed.
The survey, undert...
31-10-2013 02:23 AM
Irish dairy board invests €20m in Saudi Arabia
The Irish Dairy Board (IDB) is to invest €20 million in a number of projects in Saudi Arabia, opening the door of the world’s fifth largest dairy impo...
29-10-2013 03:02 AM
Young farmers encouraged to check out partnerships
Young farmers should consider putting viable partnership proposals to older land owners as a means of getting a start in farming, delegates at Macra n...
28-10-2013 00:24 AM
Farm payments keeping older farmers on the land, conference told
A “wall of money” is stopping older farmers from passing land to younger people, UCD’s professor of agriculture and food economics Alan Renwick told a...
25-10-2013 03:02 AM
Farms managed by women are more profitable, conference hears
Research has found that farms managed by women are more profitable but farm women continue to describe themselves as “merely helping out”, the Departm...
25-10-2013 02:49 AM
Farmers face €2bn losses each year if climate change continues
Farmers in Ireland will face losses of up to €2 billion a year if global warming is allowed to continue unchecked, according to new research commissio...
16-10-2013 06:04 AM
EU must open up on GM food
Genetically modified (GM) technology is shaping our lives, but European farmers are being told that they are not allowed to have any part of it.
01-10-2013 02:08 AM
One-in-six farmers hit by crime in the last year
One in six farmers has been the victim of a crime in their home or on their farm over the last year.
A survey involving more than 1,000 farmers at ...
30-09-2013 02:09 AM
Future of Irish farming lies in healthier vegetables
Most economic commentators and politicians regard Irish agriculture as a successful sector with considerable scope for expansion. But examining the ec...
24-09-2013 08:26 AM
Gardaí carry out week-long joint operation into theft of livestock
Gardaí have said they have carried out a joint operation as part of their ongoing investigations into the theft of livestock in the border counties of...
24-09-2013 08:14 AM
Coveney confirms cuts to agriculture spending in October budget
Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has confirmed that there will be cuts to both current and capital expenditure on agriculture in next month’s bu...
20-09-2013 08:24 AM
So why are beef farmers asking us for €100m a year?
Well-heeled Chinese consumers love their western imports.
Returning from a recent trip there, a colleague told me how upper-class Chinese preferred...
18-09-2013 03:03 AM
Farmers protest at supermarkets over meat prices
Farmers and members of the IFA have staged a protest at a number of supermarkets in Maynooth over what they say are deep cuts to the prices being paid...
16-09-2013 02:35 AM
Dairy producer Aurivo denies manipulating quota system
One of two dairy processors involved in a High Court action over milk supplies has hit back at claims it is using the milk quota system to force a com...
02-09-2013 01:53 AM
Young farmers to be prioritised in final year of milk quota
Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has approved a dairy sector proposal to lower the price of priority pool milk quota, which is primarily targeted at...
28-08-2013 03:55 AM
Cross-border warning after spate of livestock thefts
The police on both sides of the Irish border have issued a warning to farmers after a spate of livestock thefts.
Last week, 14 bullocks were stolen...
26-08-2013 02:15 AM
Teenager dies in Cork farming accident
A boy in his mid-teens has died after he sustained serious head injuries following a fall from a tractor in north Cork.
The boy was a passenger on ...
26-08-2013 02:01 AM
Agriculture Minister says experience ‘on the ground’ stands to him
Cards from well-wishers still adorn the office of Tom Hayes who was appointed Minister of State for Agriculture in June, but it was a bittersweet mome...
22-08-2013 02:30 AM
Bottom line for Irish farming is dairying offers highest income
Certain farm events can be game changers. I believe that last week's well attended Irish Grassland Association (IGA) summer dairy tour of two Waterfor...
16-08-2013 04:05 AM
Chicken farmers urge Irish supermarkets to stock only Irish poultry
Irish chicken farmers have urged supermarket chains here to stock only Irish poultry in their stores, following moves by UK supermarkets towards stock...
15-08-2013 03:43 AM
Farms need to be prepared for succession
A farm needs to be prepared for succession instead of preparing a successor on the farm, according to a book recently published by Rabobank Internatio...
15-08-2013 03:29 AM
60,000 throng to Ireland's biggest show
Farming spirits were high at Tullamore Show on Sunday as a crowd of more than 60,000 people flocked to the Butterfield Estate to enjoy Ireland's bigge...
15-08-2013 03:16 AM
Agricultural policy threatens viability of sector
My last article on the failure to fully exploit our land's agricultural potential generated a considerable number of comments.
A subsequent piece b...
08-08-2013 03:03 AM
Huge crowds expected as leaders in livestock go for Tullamore gold
More than 55,000 people are expected to descend on the Butterfield Estate in Co Offaly this Sunday for the 22nd annual Tullamore Show and AIB National...
05-08-2013 03:24 AM
Proposed legislation will cut the red-tape burden for co-ops
The umbrella body for the country’s co-ops has welcomed proposed new legislation aimed at reducing red tape on how they operate.
The Irish Co-opera...
26-07-2013 03:01 AM
Clare farming community at odds over new mart share-ownership
New conditions were attached to share ownership at Clare Marts this week when shareholders passed resolutions requiring all members to trade cattle, s...
26-07-2013 02:40 AM
Farmers and factories clash over fall in cattle prices
Farmers and the meat factories are on a collision course over the collapse in cattle prices over the past five weeks.
The Irish Farmers’ Associatio...
24-07-2013 02:58 AM
Call to protect farmers from Budget cuts
The Irish Farmers Association has urged that funding for farm schemes is not cut in October’s Budget, saying the farming sector has suffered dispropor...
22-07-2013 01:19 AM
Part-time farmers say it’s tough going but worth it
Part-time farming carried something of a stigma in the 1980s, when it was seen as a tacit admission that a holding was incapable of sustaining the far...
16-07-2013 02:40 AM
Dairy farmers warned about the risks of post-quota expansion
Dairy farmers need to learn from the mistakes of the property boom and not leap into post-quota expansion just because everyone else is doing it, warn...
15-07-2013 01:50 AM
3,000 farmers urged to take part in farm safety survey
More than 3,000 farmers are being urged to take part in a farm safety survey which is being conducted by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA).
04-07-2013 08:34 AM
Pollution rather than fish farms having greatest impact on wild salmon
Pollution rather than fish farming is having the greatest impact on Irish wild salmon stocks, Marine Institute researchers have found.
A Marine Ins...
24-06-2013 10:08 AM
Coveney ‘hopeful’ of agreement on CAP
Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has said he is “hopeful” that final agreement on a new Common Agricultural Policy package will be reached this ...
29-05-2013 09:59 AM
Factory demand boosts cattle price
Stiff competition for cattle from factories has seen prices improve this week, even though the kill increased to more than 26,750hd.
Up to 465c/kg ...
29-05-2013 09:54 AM
Farmers struggling to survive as crisis deepens on wet lands
As the fodder crisis escalates in areas of heavy soil, truckloads of hay are being sent to farmers in the worst-hit areas of Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Cl...
24-05-2013 09:26 AM
Farmers to protest outside EU agriculture ministers' meeting
Farmers are planning to protest at Dublin Castle on Tuesday where the EU’s agriculture ministers are holding an informal farm council meeting.
21-05-2013 09:42 AM
Dublin Airport grass used to help farmers
More than 200 acres of grass at Dublin Airport is being cut and given to Irish farmers to help tackle the Republic's severe shortage of animal fodder....
20-05-2013 09:15 AM
Some hope amid gloom in tough year for farmers
What an eventful half-year it has been for farming. For a sector that was considered a sunset industry in the boom years, it has seldom been out of th...
20-05-2013 09:04 AM
Price of spuds soars by 85pc as long winter delays crops
Families have been hit with a 10pc hike in the cost of locally produced food because of the cold winter and delayed spring.
Prices for staples like...
16-04-2013 09:23 AM
Grass and fodder shortages forcing extra costs on farmers
Farmers should consider early weaning of calves or selling them in an effort to cut costs, the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association is advising...
15-04-2013 09:20 AM
Cap deal is as divisive as ever for farm groups
You might expect that if Ireland was to get over €11 billion from somewhere it would be the talking point in pubs and shopping centres throughout the ...
15-04-2013 09:14 AM
Getting hands on land is the biggest challenge for young farmers
Non-farmer Kieran O’Dowd will be the next president of young farmers’group Macra na Feirme. Surely some mistake? Isn’t that like electing a meat-eater...
11-04-2013 08:32 AM
Cattle and sheep sectors vital drivers in Irish economy
IFA President John Bryan said a new report shows the cattle and sheep sectors are hugely important to the Irish economy, and calculates that the €2.3b...
08-04-2013 09:44 AM
16,000 farmers enjoy windfall after €172m Glanbia deal
More than 16,000 farmers will receive a windfall of shares in a €172m share deal at dairy giant Glanbia.
While most farmers got shares worth an ave...
28-03-2013 09:04 AM
Farmers selling cattle early to save them from starving to death
Farmers are being forced to sell their animals early or let them die of starvation on their farms.
Severe weather in the east has compounded a seri...