Pics: Dark ‘Kat’ spotted on the prowl in the south-east

Waterford-based agricultural contractor Patsy Nugent has taken delivery of a new flagship 2500-gallon SlurryKat tanker, complete with a 9m dribble bar, to add to his growing slurry enterprise. Based outside Rathgormack in the south-east, Nugent has been contracting for over 30 years – initially starting off with a Semac 1000-gallon tanker in 1981, which was […]

As healthy as a horse: Equine seminar set for next month

A seminar addressing the impact of nutrition and the environment on equine health and the ability for thoroughbreds and non-thoroughbreds to perform as athletes, will take place next month. Hosted by the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) and the Irish Equine Centre, the event will take place at the Seagoe Hotel, Portadown, Craigavon, on […]

Tractor of the Year 2018 competition kicks off

Trelleborg and the Tractor of the Year Awards team have collaborated once again for the co-marketed event, ‘Tractor of the Year 2018: Let the challenge begin‘. The ‘Tractor of the Year 2018: Let the challenge begin’ launch took place at Palazzo Arzaga on Lake Garda, Italy, on May 15 to 16. The promotion for the Tractor of […]

Dairy helps drive annual growth in wholesale prices

Annual manufacturing prices climbed 1.8% in April, with growth in dairy delivering a particular boost to the wholesale price index (WPI) from the Central Statistics Office (CSO). The data published today, May 22, showed dairy products were up 18.4%, and other food products including bread and confectionary rose 5.7%, over the year. However, the wholesale […]

Varadkar: Ireland must keep North in single market after Brexit

Leo Varadkar, the frontrunner in the Fine Gael leadership race, has said he wants Northern Ireland to remain part of the European common market – and the Common Agricultural Policy – following Brexit. “We will seek a Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and the United Kindom,” Varadkar’s policy paper said. “This would protect […]

Glanbia Ireland given final vote of approval

Glanbia’s independent shareholders approved the proposed creation of Glanbia Ireland at an ‘extraordinary general meeting’ this morning, May 22. The respective shareholders of Glanbia PLC and Glanbia Co-op agreed the proposed transaction after an overwhelming 93.1% of the co-op’s shareholders voted for the venture at a general meeting last Thursday, May 18. Approximately 2,400 eligible co-op shareholders turned up […]

Temperatures to hit mid-20s this week

Mostly dry, warm, humid weather is expected over the next few days, according to Met Eireann. While today (Monday) and tomorrow (Tuesday) will be mixed with some patchy rain and cloud; dry, settled conditions are expected thereafter. As a result, rainfall values are expected to be well below normal for the majority of the country. Tuesday […]

Livestock haulier slapped with €4,000 fine over ‘misleading records’

An Offaly-based road haulier that counts livestock among its services has been fined €4,000 for “false or misleading records” on several vehicles, following an investigation by the Road Safety Authority (RSA). John Tierney of Frankfort, Dunkerrin, Birr, came before Tullamore District Court late last month on charges including breaches of rules on drivers’ hours and […]

Winter wheat crops now at the flag leaf stage

Most winter wheat crops have reached Growth Stage 32, according to Teagasc tillage advisor Marianne Mulhall. “This represents full flag leaf emergence. The fungicides used now will pay the greatest dividend in terms of crop yield and margin improvement. “But it’s important to wait until the flag leaf has fully emerged before the spray is […]

NI farmers cleared of wrongdoing after RHI audit

Poultry and mushroom farmers have been cleared of suspected improper use of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme in Northern Ireland. The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has welcomed the RHI audit findings, having made the case that farmers were being unfairly criticised, despite having installed boilers to “reduce costs and meet pressure for greener credentials for what they […]

Maize acreage up by 10% year-on-year

Ireland’s maize acreage is up 10% year-on-year, according to Maizetech’s John Foley. The improved performance was attributed to the continuing expansion of the Irish dairy industry. “This follows an excellent year in 2016 when crops yielded well and quality was excellent,” Foley said. “We are also seeing farmers in counties Meath and Louth growing the […]