Sheep Ireland to roll out across breed indices in 2018

Sheep Ireland, the sheep equivalent of the ICBF, will roll out across breed indices in 2018, the organisations Eamon Wall has said. These indices will allow farmers to compare both the terminal and maternal traits of rams both within a breed (as the index currently functions) and across breeds. Speaking at a recent Gain Feeds…

‘Government must review the disproportionate level of nitrates inspections’

The Government must review the disproportionate level of nitrates inspections that are imposed on farmers, IFA Environment Chairman, Thomas Cooney has said. Cooney was speaking after an IFA delegation met Agriculture Minister Michael Creed and Local Government Minister Simon Coveney to set out IFA’s priorities in the forthcoming review of the nitrates regulations. The Government must…

Fonterra encourages UK to adopt an open trade policy post-Brexit

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra has encouraged the UK to adopt an open trade policy post-Brexit. Fonterra’s Trade Strategy and Stakeholder Affairs Manager, Dr. Francis Reid has said that open markets encourage investment, increase competitiveness, and allow for more consumer choice and product innovation in the dairy industry. Speaking at the Semex Dairy Conference in…

‘Minister Creed has kicked hopes of a crisis tillage fund to touch’

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, has kicked hopes of a crisis tillage fund to touch, according to Fianna Fail TD Charlie McConalogue. The Fianna Fáil Agriculture Spokesperson said he’s extremely disappointed that Minister Creed failed to outline a specific plan for the delivery of a crisis aid package for tillage farmers. McConalogue hoped that Minister…

‘Once you see the signs of coccidiosis the damage has been done’

Once farmers begin to see the signs of a coccidiosis outbreak the damage has already been done, Elanco’s Niall Jackson has said. The Elanco Veterinary Practitioner spoke at a recent Gain Feeds sheep information evening where he said coccidiosis is a parasite and it affects ruminant animals across the globe. “Coccidiosis is essentially everywhere, whether…

Macra CEO: Brexit is up in lights for young farmers

Brexit is the most fundamental issue facing the Irish agriculture industry since the foundation of the State, Macra na Feirme CEO, Denis Duggan, has said. In an interview with Agriland he said that from a young farmer’s perspective Brexit is up in lights. And with a presidential election around the corner for the young farmers’ organisation, Duggan said…

CETA deal is ‘a devastating blow to Irish agriculture’

The passing of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada by the European Parliament this week is a devastating blow for Irish agriculture, Sinn Fein’s Martin Kenny has said. Kenny, Sinn Fein’s Spokesperson on Agriculture, said that the Parliament’s vote for the deal is also a devastating blow also for farming families…