‘Funding for young farmers needs to be reinstated’

The government has been urged to use some of the underspend in the Rural Development Programme (RDP) to fund schemes for young farmers by the Fianna Fail TD for Sligo-Leitrim, Eamon Scanlon. He raised the issue with the Taoiseach in the Dail this week. “The Young Farmer Scheme has seen a dramatic reduction in the […]

All you need to know about the latest developments for the testing of ‘fast’ tractors

News emerged yesterday that ‘fast’ tractors with a maximum design speed of in excess of 40kph being used for “commercial haulage” would be subject to road-worthiness tests if they travel more than 25km from their base. The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has confirmed that the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, has already […]

Fancy winning a farm in a raffle?

Fancy being in with a chance of winning a 7.5ha (18.6ac) farm worth £1.3 million (€1.45 million)? By buying a £50 (€56) raffle ticket, you could do just that. An English farmer in the UK is attempting to raffle off his holding, provided ticket sales reach the desired quota. The name of the property in question, […]

Status orange wind warning issued for parts of the country

A status orange wind warning has been issued for some parts of the country by Met Eireann recently, with wind speeds expected to reach up to 130kph. These warnings are set to take effect on Saturday, October 21. Counties Wexford, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Waterford will be subject to a wind warning from just after midnight […]

Profits drop at Skea Eggs despite increase in sales

Profits are down at Northern Ireland egg giant Skea Egg Farms despite an increase in sales, its latest accounts show. The firm which trades as ‘Skea Eggs’ is well-known for it’s distinctive ‘Big 10’ packs. It supplies all of Tesco NI’s eggs and produces the most popular brand of eggs in the North. Pre-tax profits […]

Gusts of up to 110kph forecast this weekend

A second weather warning has been issued by Met Eireann, with gusts of up to 110kph forecast this weekend. A status yellow rainfall warning remains in place today (October 19). There is a danger of heavy rain falling in some areas, with accumulations expected to range from 30mm to 50mm. Issued yesterday, the warning is set […]

CAP simplification process: Define ‘active farmer’?

The European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) considers the outcomes of last week’s discussion on the simplification of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to be “largely positive”; however much more has to be done on the definition of an “active farmer“. The agreements reached by MEPs and European Council negotiators on Thursday (October 12) established […]

Reducing exposure to liver and rumen fluke

Some 86% of condemned livers, in meat factories, were due to liver fluke, according to a recent trial conducted by University College Dublin’s Dr. Theo de Waal. Results show, of these livers examined, 97% were already at the adult stage; with only a small percentage in the immature liver fluke stage. Liver fluke is a parasitic disease […]

Progressive suckler farming in the heart of the Burren

Raymond Linnane, along with his son John, operates a 50-cow suckler herd in Bellharbour, Co. Clare – right in the heart of the Burren. Operating a spring calving system, 50% of the calves produced are sold as weanlings; the remainder are sold at 18 months. Raymond keeps the cows outdoors on the Burren during the […]

Contractors call for ‘unworkable’ tractor testing legislation to be scrapped

‘Unworkable‘ legislation relating to the road-worthiness testing of tractors involved in commercial haulage needs to be rescinded. This is the view of the Association of Farm and Forestry Contractors in Ireland (FCI) following a meeting called by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) in Naas, Co. Kildare, earlier today. The FCI claims that a Statutory Instrument (SI 214 […]