What are young farmers’ views on Irish co-operatives?

A new study has been granted funding to investigate young farmers’ attitudes to co-operatives, co-op shareholding, co-op boards and possible involvement in boards of management in the future. FRS Network has been approved a research grant from the Golden Jubilee Trust to conduct research on the matter. Dr. Pat Bogue, of Broadmore Research and Consultancy, […]

2 further outbreaks of African Swine Fever in China

Two new outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) have been discovered in the Sichuan and Qinghai provinces of China, according to international reports. The news was purportedly confirmed to international media outlet Reuters by the Chinese Ministry for Agriculture. According to the outlet, the new outbreaks were discovered in the provinces of Sichuan and Qinghai. […]

€5 million in funding awarded for agri-food innovation projects

Over €5 million in research funding has been awarded to agri-food and marine companies – in partnership with research organisations including Teagasc, the Marine Institute, universities and centres of higher learning. Awarded under the Government’s new Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF), the allocation was welcomed by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed earlier […]

Merger approved between North Cork and Newtownsandes Co-operative

At separately held special general meetings (SGMs), the shareholders of North Cork Co-operative Creameries (Kanturk, Co. Cork) and Newtownsandes Co-operative (Moyvane, Co. Kerry) approved the merger of the two societies. The merger had been unanimously recommended to members by their respective boards. Due for completion in the coming months, the merger is subject to regulatory approval […]

IFA president accuses M&S of ‘gross hypocrisy’

The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) president Joe Healy has accused Marks & Spencer (M&S) of ‘gross hypocrisy’ by slashing the price of fresh produce which he said was below the cost of production. He was speaking at a protest at an M&S store in west Dublin today (Friday, December 14). “I want to nail the lie […]

Old shipping container regenerated into cow cubicles

One issue on many dairy farms during the winter time is ensuring that adequate cubicle spaces are available for dairy cows. However, this dairy farmer has devised a quick-fix solution to a cubicle shortage on his farm. An innovative farmer in the UK has remodeled an old shipping container for the benefit of his dairy […]

Teagasc appoints new assistant principal at its largest college

Teagasc has made a new senior appointment at the Kildalton Agricultural College, Piltown, Co. Kilkenny, the organisation’s largest training college. James Ryan will take up the post of assistant principal at Kildalton, who currently is a lecturer in dairy production, and also manages the 110 dairy cow enterprise on the college farm. Ryan first qualified […]

20 cattle stolen in central Armagh mid-week

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) is investigating the theft of a number of cattle in Co. Armagh during the week. According to the PSNI, 20 cattle were stolen sometime between 4:00pm on Wednesday, December 12 and 9:00am on Thursday, December 13. The incident occurred in the vicinity of the village of Markethill, located […]

‘Stop selling distressed properties for vulture funds’ – ICSA

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) has called on auctioneers across the country to stop selling properties in financial distress for vulture funds and financial institutions. According to Seamus Sherlock, rural development chairman for ICSA, auctioneers should withdraw their services for these funds and institutions until all other options have been explored. “Estate […]

Kerry acquires 2 US companies worth a combined €325 million

Kerry Group has announced that it has acquired two North American companies in a deal worth a combined €325 million. Making the announcement earlier today (Friday, December 14), the group revealed it has reached agreement to acquire Ariake USA, the North American Business of Ariake Japan Co, subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions, […]

‘Pig farmers on the brink’ – Hogan

“At this stage, we would have to be calling on the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, to offer compensation for farmers who want to exit the pig industry.” These were the stark words from the chairman of the Irish Farmers’ Association’s (IFA’s) Pig Committee, Tom Hogan, as he was speaking to […]

Kehoe Farming launches new ration: Magic Reindeer Food

Wexford-based animal feed and bedding company, Kehoe Farming, has recently launched its latest innovative ration – in good time for Christmas – Magic Reindeer Food. The product is retailed at €2 and all proceeds raised will go to Embrace Farm and Clongeen National School. A statement from the company outlined that Kehoe Farming decided to develop […]

Reasons to be positive about milk prices in 2019 – IFA

The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has said the signs are there that milk prices will be firmer in 2019, as a result of a tightening in the market. Tom Phelan, the association’s national dairy chairman, highlighted that the global supply of milk is slowing down and coming more in line with demand, which should encourage […]

Wintry weekend ahead with weather warning in place

A wintry weekend is in store for the country with cold, wet and windy weather set to descend in the coming days, according to Met Eireann. Meanwhile, a Status Yellow weather advisory warning was issued yesterday and is set to come into effect from midnight tonight through to 11:59pm tomorrow night. Today will be cloudy […]

Road fuel mix to increase biofuel levels from January

It has been announced that the level of biofuel used in road transport fuels is set to be increased. The announcement was made today (Friday, December 13) by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Richard Bruton. An increase from 8% to 10% biofuel content will be implemented from January 1, 2019. Minister […]

‘The only way to manage performance is to measure it’

Under the new Beef Environmental Efficiency Pilot (BEEP) scheme – announced in Budget 2019 – suckler farmers will be required to weigh their animals, in order to collect data and become more efficient. On this week’s episode of FarmLand, Heinz Eggert, who farms in Co. Kildare, described how weighing animals impacts on farm efficiency. He […]