Resilience, welfare, environment and bureaucracy to take centre stage in future UK subsidy plans

Fewer inspections; maintaining soil quality, clean rivers and wildlife habitats; and farm open days are all likely to form part of any new UK agriculture policy, Agriculture Secretary Michael Gove told UK farmers. Speaking at the NFU (National Farmers’ Union) conference today, he said: “I believe investing in higher animal welfare standards and investing in […]

Dairy prices fall marginally at latest GDT auction

The latest Global Dairy Trade (GDT) auction resulted in a marginal fall in the overall prices achieved for dairy products. The overall GDT price index declined by 0.5% on the previous auction held on February 6. Some 20,256MT of dairy products were sold at the event and price increases were noted for whole milk powder […]

Tractor sales spiked across Europe in late 2017…but why?

How are sales of new tractors faring across Europe? CEMA – an umbrella body representing the agricultural machinery manufacturing industry across Europe – has compiled a report, which reveals some interesting trends. This, says CEMA, represents a further increase from an already-high level. The increase was largely due to a peak in registrations in December. Up […]

TB risk: Restaurant-style ratings for farms?

A Northern Ireland pedigree society has written to the chief veterinary officer asking that a tiered approach is taken towards TB measures, depending on the actions each farmer takes to mitigate the herd’s exposure to the disease. In a letter seen by AgriLand, Holstein Northern Ireland secretary John Martin suggested that herds could be rated […]

Pics: Classic ‘Deeres’ take pride of place at ‘Heritage’ celebration

Fingal Vintage Society, together with Hanlon Machinery, hosted a ‘John Deere Heritage‘ evening on Saturday (February 17). Kirstie Ward – of Grassmen fame – was a special guest; she unveiled some treasured tractors, as the evening unfolded. Michael Moroney – well known over many years in farm machinery circles – was the MC (Master of Ceremonies). […]

Potato growers get less than 20% of the retail price – Healy

Potato growers get less than a fifth of the retail price that a consumer pays for their produce, the National Potato Conference heard this morning. Speaking at the conference in Dublin, president of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) Joe Healy outlined how retailers are taking the lion’s share of the margin on potatoes, while farmers bear all […]

Kerry Group identifies new chief financial officer

As part of its preliminary financial statement released this morning, Kerry Group announced its intention to appoint Marguerite Larkin as chief financial officer (CFO). It has been confirmed that Larkin will take over the role from September 30 this year. She will succeed Brian Mehigan, who is set to take up the role of chief strategy officer. Larkin […]

Kerry Group’s revenue reaches €6.4 billion in 2017

Kerry Group’s revenue reached €6.4 billion in the year ending December 31, 2017, reflecting business volume growth of 4.3% in the process. This is according to preliminary financial results published this morning (Tuesday, February 20). The group’s Taste and Nutrition business recorded revenue of €5.2 billion last year, an increase of 4.7% in volume growth. As […]

‘Take rests – don’t work 24-hour days’

“Look after number one; farm safety must be top of the list.” That was the most important message that came from the series of Teagasc winter crop walks last week. Attendees to the walks, held over four days, received plenty of information on crop husbandry. However, the most important message was that farm safety must […]

Price rise: Hoggets hit highs of 550c/kg

Driven by a supply shortage, hogget prices have hit 550c/kg in some locations this week. As it stands, procurement managers are offering 535-540c/kg (including Quality Assurance bonuses) to secure numbers of factory fit stock. Last week, factory buyers were offering all-in quotes of 510-520c/kg to secure numbers. However, most have now opted to increase base […]

Back to basics: Preventing and treating calf scour

Neonatal calf scour is one of the most common illnesses seen in young calves. Year-on-year, it continues to be the most frequently diagnosed cause of death in calves up to one month of age in the Regional Veterinary Labs; it accounts for 28% of diagnosed conditions in this age group. The economic losses of calf […]

Creed calls for flexibility to improve fairness of direct payments

Flexibility is needed to improve the targeting and fairness of direct payments, according to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed. The minister made the comments while attending a meeting of the Council of EU Agriculture Ministers in Brussels today. Commenting on the matter, he said: “While we are supportive of the commission’s efforts […]

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