Pics: New round balers from machinery giant John Deere

Variable-chamber balers have long-since been less popular than their fixed-chamber (roller-type) counterparts here in Ireland. Such machines do sell well in other countries – France, for example. John Deere is set to introduce a complete range of new V400 Series variable-chamber round balers for 2018 – to replace existing 800 and 900 Series models. According […]

Are you prepared for the sheep breeding season?

There is significant scope to increase the prolificy of the Irish ewe flock. As it stands, the majority of farms only wean 1.3 lambs per ewe joined to the ram. Improving this key performance indicator (KPI) will have a major impact on the productivity of any lowland sheep production. In addition, it will also have […]

Latest processor announces July milk price hike

Dairygold has become the latest processor to announce its milk price for the month of July, upping its base price by 1c/L to 34.5c/L (including 0.5c/L quality bonus and VAT). This follows Dairygold’s decision to add an extra 1c/L last month for June milk. Dairygold’s announcement follows on from Kerry, which decided (earlier this week) to […]

It’s a wrap: Claas joins the ‘film instead of net’ movement

Claas says that its latest Rollant 455 UNIWRAP can, instead of the usual net wrapping process, apply film to initially bind each bale – before the bale is transferred from the bale chamber to the wrapper. Of course, during the ‘normal’ wrapping cycle (on the wrapping table at the rear) full-coverage film is then applied. Claas […]

‘Bord Bia needs more resources post-Brexit’

Fianna Fail Spokesperson on Agriculture and Food Charlie McConalogue has said that he is very concerned that Bord Bia is not adequately funded or resourced to deal with circumstances post-Brexit. Following the Brexit referendum last year, the government allocated €2 million in additional funding to Bord Bia, which is tasked with promoting Irish food at home […]

‘Concern remains over NI border and customs proposals’

The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has announced that while it is helpful that the government has put on paper its plans for both future customs arrangements and addressing the unique circumstances of Northern Ireland and Ireland after Brexit, it is still concerned that these will not satisfy the association’s priorities for the agriculture and food industries. […]

On-the-move bale weighing for Claas Quadrant

A week ago (August 10), AgriLand brought you news of updates to Lexion 700 series hybrid (rotary/straw-walker) and 600 series straw-walker combines from Claas. These updates promise greater levels of output-boosting automation, along with a special app advising operators how to, for example, estimate losses. Using a smart-phone, if an operator has a particular problem or wants advice […]

Three boats of cattle set to sail for Turkey

The next number of weeks will be busy on the live export side, with three boats set to sail to Turkey with weanlings and breeding heifers, according to IFA (Irish Farmers’ Association) National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods. Woods said market demand for live cattle in Turkey is very strong, adding that he was hopeful that […]

‘While UK proposals might suit Ireland, other states won’t agree’

First and foremost, a post-Brexit arrangement that maintains tariff-free trade between Ireland and the UK is Ireland’s ‘holy grail’, according to President of the ICMSA (Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association) John Comer. This, Comer said, is what the state wants and needs – and the proposals that comes closest to replicating current arrangements will obviously […]

Pics: First combine in the world to run on natural gas

Gomselmash – a major manufacturer of combine and forage harvesters from Belarus – is testing the first large-scale combine harvester in the world to run on compressed natural gas. The prototype machine – dubbed the Palesse GS4118K – made its inaugural run in July, having been fuelled up by ‘Gazprom Transgas Belarus’. The combine harvester is […]

‘Beef price cuts in meat factories must stop’

IFA (Irish Farmers’ Association) President Joe Healy said beef price cuts at the meat factories must stop as they are squeezing out any chance of profit for farmers grazing cattle this year. He said €90 per head had been taken off cattle prices over the last few weeks and this is costing farmers more than €2 […]

Close-fought contest at Macra Farmskills competition

The Macra/FBD Farmskills title will remain in Cork for 2017, after Glanmire Seandun fought off the challenge of Kilmeen Macra, Carbery, who finished second and Portlaoise Macra in third, to claim the overall prize. It was a hard-fought contest with six teams battling it out in front of a large crowd at the Tullamore Show […]

UK proposals ‘do not address concerns of EU member states and businesses’

The UK government’s proposals for future customs arrangements and the Northern Irish border, after leaving the EU, do not go far enough to ensure the continuation of cross-border and EU-EU free trade, according to the Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS). The society noted that there were some welcome suggestions in the proposals but, in spite […]

Rising milk price sees dairy investment confidence grow

Rising milk prices are having a positive impact on dairy farmers’ confidence when it comes to investing in their businesses, according to AIB’s Dr. Anne Finnegan. Speaking at the AIB Shed Talk at Sunday’s Tullamore Show, the AIB Head of Agri Sector said: “The dairy sector continues to invest this year. “I think dairy farmers […]

‘Star spangled’ line-up announced for ASA conference

The Agricultural Science Association (ASA) has unveiled additional high profile speakers to address its annual conference, which takes place in the Killashee House Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare on Friday September 8, 2017. These include: Ambassador Darci Vetter, former chief agricultural negotiator for the US Trade Representative under the Obama administration; Professor Nicola Shadbolt, Director of […]

Report unveiled on post-Brexit trade agreements and agriculture

The AFBI (Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute) released the results of a comprehensive one-year study called ‘The Impacts of Alternative Post-Brexit Trade Agreements on Agriculture’ earlier today. This report details the effects of three possible post-Brexit trade agreements on UK agricultural commodity prices with the EU and the rest of the world on UK agricultural commodity prices […]