Diversification is child’s play for midlands farm

A creche; a play centre and pet farm; and a Bogathon course, Lisduff Adventure Farm in Errill, Co. Laois, blazes a trail when it comes to diversification. Currently an organic suckler farm on 150ac, it’s a busy spot, with 90 children in the creche which has been open for the last ten years, as well…

Farmer receives 150kph speeding fine…in his tractor

A French farmer received a speeding fine for allegedly clocking 150kph on a speed camera by police in Namur, Belgium – while on his 30-year-old tractor. The farmer in question, Remi Gervais, a winegrower from Montagnac, Herault (a region in southern France), disputed this saying that his tractor “does not go faster than 30kph…even downhill”. I…

Deadline approaches for Teagasc diploma applications

The application deadline for the Teagasc Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management is getting close. The deadline is next Friday, April 28, for this year’s incoming students. The course, which is validated by UCD, begins in September and takes two years to complete. This equates to about four weeks per year attending lectures, discussion groups and…

Clean-up no ‘picnic’ for Stradbally sheep farmer

Imagine having 55,000 revellers party their days and nights away on your land over the course of a weekend – it surely would be no picnic. Despite the financial compensations of hosting the Electric Picnic, large-scale sheep farmer Thomas Cosby of Stradbally Hall in Laois, admits the compaction of the site is a concern for…

Calls for Irish people to support glyphosate ban campaign

The campaign group Uplift is asking Irish people to join the ongoing global efforts to ban glyphosate. The pressure group is mobilising its members in Ireland in order to secure 9,000 signatures, as part of an EU-wide campaign to get the herbicide banned. This will contribute to the one million signatures that would be required to…

73-year-old farmer dies in Co. Clare in tractor-related incident

Gardai are investigating the tragic death of a 73-year-old farmer following an incident involving a tractor, according to reports in the Irish Mirror. Michael O’Loughlin, a father of three, was reportedly found collapsed by his tractor near his home at Moanreel, Ennistymon in Co. Clare. The incident, which is being treated as a tragic accident, is…

Latest research findings to be presented at crops open day

Teagasc researchers, tillage specialists and advisers will present the latest research findings for a broad range of tillage crops at the upcoming Crops and Cultivation Open Day. Tillage crops covered include winter and spring barley, beans, oilseed rape and winter wheat. Speaking about the open day, the Head of the Teagasc Crop Research Department, Dr.…

Chinese dairy imports to increase by 20% in 2017

Rising Chinese demand is expected to help balance the growth projected in global milk production this year. This is because the country’s stocks are now thought to be low. As a result, Rabobank predicts Chinese dairy imports will increase by 20% this year, compared to 2016. International dairy markets are expected to stay relatively level…

Grass buyers influencing the ringside trade

Grass buyers are becoming more and more common in marts across the country and are playing a vital role in boosting cattle prices. The weather has been good in recent weeks and, on the back of good growth rates in some locations, some grass buyers are getting itchy feet to buy. Castlerea Mart Castlerea Mart…

Calf exports edge towards the 60,000 head mark

Calf exports continue to remain in a positive position as nearly 60,000 calves have been shipped from Ireland this year. Figures from Bord Bia show that some 56,623 calves have been exported – up considerably on the corresponding periods in 2016 and 2015. The majority of these calves have been Holstein Friesian bulls destined for…