CETA trade deal receives backing of EU Trade Committee

The European Parliament’s International Trade Committee today backed the EU- Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The draft recommendation was passed by 25 votes to 15 with 1 abstention and the European Parliament votes on the agreement in full in February. Rapporteur for the CETA agreement Artis Pabriks, of the EPP Group, said that…

Government’s Rural Action Plan is ‘short on specifics’

The Rural Action Plan launched by the Government yesterday is short of specifics, Independent TD, Michael Fitzmaurice, has said. For instance, no figure has been put on what the size of the grants will be for the renovation of houses in rural areas mentioned in the plan, he said. “On the question of transport and…

Association of Farm Contractors (FCI) appoints CEO

Michael Moroney has been announced as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Association of Farm & Forestry Contractors in Ireland (FCI). FCI National Chairman, Richard White from Drangan, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, also confirmed that the association had now established a national office at Portlaoise Enterprise Centre, Clonminam Business Park, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. All activities…

Beef prices remain steady as strong supplies reported

Beef prices remain steady this week as strong supplies are reported by procurement managers across the country. The prime cattle market remains pretty much unchanged from last week with offers of between 375-380c/kg being made for steers while quotes for heifers range between 385-390c/kg. Similar to previous weeks, procurement managers are willing to pay an…

Over €22m paid to turf cutters under compensation scheme

Some €22.6m has been paid out to turf cutters to date under the Cessation of Turf Cutting Compensation Scheme (CTCCS), data released to Agriland has revealed. The scheme was established to compensate land owners and turbary right holders affected by the restriction on turf cutting on the 53 raised bog Special Areas of Conservation (SACs). This €22.6m is…

Farmers can earn up to €257/ac each year through forestry

A well-managed forest is a growing asset which primarily enhances wealth creation for farmers and provides a diversified income stream especially in times of uncertainty. Two grant schemes are in place to plant forests for farmers, landowners and investors; the Afforestation Grant and Premium Scheme and the Native Woodland Scheme. Farmers can earn up to €257/ac every year,…

‘Tillage farmers want to invest in machinery but need support’

Cross Agricultural Engineering, based in Rathangan, Co. Kildare, was one of numerous Irish companies exhibiting its products at last week’s LAMMA show. The firm manufactures a wide range of equipment, from slurry tankers to chaser bins. Agriland spoke to Jason Cross at the show, to get a manufacturer’s perspective on the challenges facing the machinery industry in 2017. According to…

North/south heifer price divide continues to narrow

The north/south R3 grade heifer price gap continued to narrow in the week ending January 15, according to the Livestock and Meat Commission. The latest figures from the LMC show that farmers in the Republic of Ireland received 22.1c/kg less for an R3 heifer compared to farmers in the North at the end of the…

‘Phil Hogan needs to wake up to the tillage crisis’

The European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, needs to wake up to the tillage crisis in Ireland, Sinn Fein MEP, Matt Carthy, has said. The MEP for the Midlands North West has criticised what he says is a lack of empathy on the part of Commissioner Hogan for the crisis being felt…

Mastek ‘reels’ in punters with giant umbilical system

Mastek, based in Cootehill, Co. Cavan, showcased its latest Mega Reeler at last week’s LAMMA show. It can hold up to 2400m of 5” lay-flat hose (with Stortz couplings). Key features of the rig include curved doom ends, hydraulic brakes, twin hydraulic motors and a hydraulic sliding (offset) drawbar, which is buffered above and below by…

Michelle O’Neill appointed Sinn Fein leader in the North

Michelle O’Neill, a former Minister for Agriculture in Northern Ireland, has been named the new leader of Sinn Fein in the North, succeeding Martin McGuinness. O’Neill, from Clonoe, Co. Tyrone, is a Sinn Fein Assembly Member for the constituency of Mid-Ulster and is currently Minister for Health. Before becoming Minister for Health, O’Neill was Minister…

Top 200 EBI herds in the country revealed

The top 200 EBI (Economic Breeding Index) herds in the country have been revealed by the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation This is the first listing to be released since the EBI base change was carried out last year. Remaining in pole position for a third consecutive run is the herd belonging to Kieran Hearne from Carrick-on-Suir…

€50m investment in job creation part of Goverment’s Rural Action Plan

Some €50m is to be invested in collaborative approaches for job creation in rural Ireland, the Government announced today in it’s Action Plan for Rural Ireland. ‘Realising our Rural Potential: The Action Plan for Rural Development’ was launched by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys. The Action Plan is…

Have you ever seen a self-propelled ‘small’ square baler?

Combines, foragers, potato harvesters and just about everything else, it seems, can be had in the guise of a self-propelled machine. Why not a baler? And why not even a ‘small’ square baler? Several manufacturers have toyed with the concept of a self-propelled big square baler, including Deutz-Fahr (PowerPress) and Krone. Companies like New Holland have…

Pics: Farmers coat EU Council buildings with milk powder in protest

Dairy farmers who are members of the European Milk Board (EMB) are protesting today in Brussels to demand a permanent crisis instrument that prevents surpluses of milk powder on the dairy market. Their protest is coinciding with the monthly meeting of EU agriculture ministers, which is taking place at European Council buildings in the Belgian…