Wexford blackcurrant farmer grows family business

He has been hailed as the ‘Ribena poster boy’ but Wexford commercial blackcurrant farmer, Des Jeffares, had to pick his own way out of a vacuum. Ribena’s decision to stop buying from Irish blackcurrant growers in 2013 was, he said, a huge blow. The third generation blackcurrant farmer in his family, Jeffares has been on […]

85% of lambs ‘can be finished off grass’

It is achievable to finish up to 85% of lambs off grass alone, according to Teagasc Research Officer Philip Creighton. Speaking to a large audience at the Teagasc Sheep Open Day held in Athenry on Wednesday, June 21, Creighton introduced the crowd to a study being carried out locally. He said: “There is a current study […]

Terminal index shows ‘hidden gems’ in store cattle

Using the €uro-Star terminal index when picking animals for finishing can significantly increase farm profitability, according to Teagasc Drystock Advisor, Christy Watson. Speaking at the Irish Grassland Association (IGA) National Beef Conference held on Wednesday, June 21, Watson said using the terminal index can identify animals with the greater potential to make more profit for finishers. […]

Pics: Maximising profitability from a suckler-to-beef herd

Tom Halpin farms 64ha in Robertstown, Co. Meath. With the help of his wife Anne and his children Matthew, Claire and Laura, the farmer calves 100 suckler cows, bringing all progeny to finish. Since 2011, the Halpin farm has almost doubled its gross margin to €1083/ha in 2016. Speaking at the Irish Grassland Association National Beef […]

AgriLand: We’re 4 years old today!

Since our launch four years ago, AgriLand has gone from strength-to-strength – becoming Ireland’s largest and fastest-growing dedicated digital publisher in the agricultural space. We have built a loyal, engaged and rapidly-growing audience of in excess of 300,000 monthly readers who rely on us for the latest news and information from the agricultural sector. To each and […]

Is haylage an option after wet weather?

Haylage is an option for farmers who might not have managed to bale hay during the past week’s favourable weather. That is according to Teagasc Drystock Advisor Hugh Mahon, who said there is a small number of people making haylage. For anyone who might not be familiar with haylage, it is grass that has been cut […]

School’s out for Kildare pedigree farmer

School’s out, and Barry Murphy of Murbro Pedigree Livestock, is swopping the classroom for the green fields of Castledermot, Co. Kildare. Deputy principal in Hacketstown National School, Murphy farms about 140ac in total, with 115ac in the main block on the home farm. While many with off-farm jobs find it a challenge to keep all the […]

Reminder: Tomorrow’s event for farm accident victims

The fourth remembrance service for victims of farm accidents will be held in the Church of the Most Holy Rosary, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois, tomorrow, June 25, at 2:00pm. Every year the Embrace Ecumenical Service attracts hundreds of Irish farm families who have been affected by a farm death or injury. Embrace Farm – the farm […]

‘Wine, Women, Wellies’ event set to awaken the west

‘Wine, Women and Wellies’ – a social evening to celebrate the launch of West Women in Farming Ireland (WWFI) – will be held this Sunday, June 25. The get-together will take place in The Arches Hotel, Claregalway, at 7:00pm. WWFI was co-founded by two Co. Mayo women: Martina Calvey of Achill Mountain Lamb and Catherina […]

Half of lamb wormers ‘ineffective’

Almost half of all anthelmintic treatments given to lambs are considered ineffective, according to a study by Teagasc. The result highlights the importance of testing the efficacy of the wormer before use, with the study noting that tests known as ‘drench tests’ should be carried out on the product before use. It was also said that […]

Are New Zealand sheep genetics the way forward?

With New Zealand (NZ) sheep genetics in the flock, it might be possible to reduce the labour requirement around lambing. That is according to Teagasc Post Doctoral Researcher, Fiona McGovern, who is carrying out a study on the Ireland New Zealand across breed Animal Comparison (INZAC) flock. The research has shown that NZ sheep have […]

Is formal partnership needed for successful farm transfer?

Details on how farm partnerships play an integral role in farm succession were recently outlined by Teagasc Collaborative Farming Specialist, Thomas Curran. Speaking at the organisation’s National Milk Quality Farm Walk hosted by the Power family, in Co. Waterford, he said: “There’s always a lot of confusion about what succession actually is. “A lot of people […]

New Dairy Council Chairman and Vice Chair elected

Mark Blelock, a dairy farmer from Co. Antrim, has been appointed Chairman of the Dairy Council for Northern Ireland at the council’s recent AGM – while Dermot Farrell, General Manager of the Foodservice Division with Lakeland Dairies Co-op, has been elected Vice Chairman. Both men, who will hold office for a two-year term, see the dairy […]

Over 400 lamb carcasses destroyed due to disease outbreak

Over 400 lamb carcasses have been destroyed due to an outbreak of a disease called sarcocystosis, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has confirmed. Veterinary personnel working for the department condemned the carcasses at a number of sheep slaughter plants, over the space of a few weeks, as being unfit for human consumption. […]

Is this what we needed in the era of small square bales?

Canadian baling equipment specialist Marcrest Manufacturing Inc offers a self-propelled square bale stacker – the Bale Baron 6240 SP – for small square bales, aimed at increasing bale production without the use of an additional tractor, the company claims. The Bale Baron is powered by a 173hp John Deere 6.8L, turbo-charged, 6-cylinder engine and has an […]