Results-based ‘Farming with Nature’ project kicks off in Cork

A new project in the Bride valley in east Cork will reward participating farmers for wildlife on their farms. The ‘Biodiversity Regeneration In a Dairying Environment’ (BRIDE) project will provide participating farmers with farm habitat plans that identify the most appropriate and effective wildlife management options for individual farms. Farmers will be paid for their […]

An oil filler cap that keeps an eye on your engine…but how?

Perkins recently introduced what it describes as the world’s first low-cost, engine-level telematics device that works on both mechanical and electronic engines. It looks like a replacement oil filler cap. It actually is a replacement cap but, instead of just being a cap, it also “monitors your diesel engine” and sends data direct to an […]

Brussels calls for more information ahead of NI 3-crop rule decision

The European Commission is understood to have asked Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture for more information ahead of any decision on this year’s three-crop rule. It had been reported elsewhere that a decision had been made not to grant a derogation to Northern Ireland; however, this claim has since been dismissed by department officials. The […]

Ulster Wool launches new scheme for first-time sheep farmers

Ulster Wool has introduced a new scheme designed to support producers who have recently entered the industry. Launching for the 2018 season, the scheme will see eligible producers receive 100% of their clip value as an upfront payment for their first two years, along with a priority wool in-take and grading service through Ulster Wool’s […]

Importance of School Milk Scheme underlined by Creed

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, today highlighted the importance of the School Milk Scheme during National School Milk Week, which runs throughout this week, April 23-27. The scheme is vital in encouraging children to adopt healthy eating choices at a young age, by having one of their recommended servings from […]

AgriSearch makes two senior appointments

The Northern Ireland Agricultural Research and Development Council (AgriSearch) has made changes to its top team, following the departure of chairman Michael Bell. Pedigree beef and dairy breeder John Henning from Moira (Co. Down) has been named the research charity’s new chairman after Bell was elected vice president of the Institute of Food Science and Technology. New chairman […]

Auction report: Hammer drops on ‘classics’ – both mainstream and rare

Saturday (April 21) saw the latest Cambridge Vintage Sale auction take place at Cheffins Auctioneers’ sale grounds in Sutton, Cambridge (England). These sales can attract a huge number of lots, including classic and vintage tractors and farm machinery, alongside all manner of other collectible items. They also attract Irish interest; some dealers and collectors journey […]

Co-op unity urged regarding LacPatrick for ‘hard years ahead’

The opportunity for a farmer-controlled re-alignment of the milk processing sector in the northern half of Ireland arises from the current need of LacPatrick Dairies to seek a new business partner, according to independent MEP Marian Harkin. Harkin expressed this view when she suggested that a merger of the co-operatives in the border area was […]

3-crop rule derogation likely to be granted

It is likely that a derogation regarding the three-crop rule will be granted, a statement from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has explained. The department has reportedly put forward a “strong case” to the European Commission seeking a derogation in relation to the crop diversification obligations for the 2018 scheme year. Speculation […]

Poll: Have you got your cows out yet?

Several of you have been sending us your pictures and videos of your cows’ first days out across the country. Grass growth had been expected to boom this week. For many, it has marked the end of a long and hard winter, but we know not all farms are the same so we want to […]

What does Lely’s fully robotic dairy farm vision entail?

Farming innovator Lely has announced groundbreaking technology, designed towards fulfilling its vision for the future sustainable, fully robotic dairy farm. It focuses on the wellbeing of the cow, farmer, consumer and environment. “Dairy farmers are continuously looking to optimise their business processes for more efficiency and a better work-life balance. “At the same time, governments […]

Auction report: Clatter of classic MFs pulls the punters

Saturday (April 21) saw the latest Cambridge Vintage Sale auction take place at Cheffins Auctioneers’ sale grounds in Sutton, Cambridge (England). These sales can attract a huge number of lots, including classic and vintage tractors and farm machinery, alongside all manner of other collectible items. They also attract Irish interest; some dealers and collectors journey […]

Beef trade: Factories manage to keep a cap on base quotes

This week, beef processing plants are starting negotiations at 400-405c/kg for steers and 410-415c/kg for heifers. Farmers, especially those with large numbers of in-spec stock to market, have been receiving prices of 5c/kg above base quotes. Some procurement managers have noted that finishers have offloaded cattle in order to stretch fodder supplies. In addition, deals are […]

€9.5 million in funding on offer for environmental research proposals

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now seeking proposals to help identify solutions to emerging and complex environmental problems with the launch of its annual ‘Research Call’. This research initiative highlights the importance of a clean, healthy and well-protected environment for our health, our wellbeing and our quality of life in general, according to the […]

Auction report: Classic ‘Ford-family’ tractors fetch up to £50,000

Saturday (April 21) saw the latest Cambridge Vintage Sale auction take place at Cheffins Auctioneers’ sale grounds in Sutton, Cambridge (England). These sales can attract a huge number of lots, including classic and vintage tractors and farm machinery, alongside all manner of other collectible items. They also attract Irish interest; some dealers and collectors journey […]