Sylvester Phelan

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Sylvester Phelan

News Journalist

Sylvester Phelan holds a Masters of Science degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development from UCD as well as an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English and history (also from UCD), and the Green Cert. He is from a dairy farm in Co. Laois, where he works on the weekends.

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Sexing Technologies to open Irish sexed semen sorting lab in November

Sexing Technologies to open Irish sexed semen sorting lab in November

Sexed semen tech firm Sexing Technologies will open its first sexed semen sorting lab facility in Ireland in November, the...

Arthur elected as new IFA dairy chairman

Arthur elected as new IFA dairy chairman

The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has elected Stephen Arthur as the new IFA National Dairy Committee, the association has confirmed....

REAP commonage exclusion ‘confirms worst fears’

REAP commonage exclusion ‘confirms worst fears’

The proposed move under the new Results-based Environmental-Agri pilot Project (REAP) to exclude commonage and land containing heather “stunned” the...

15 Swaledale in-lamb ewes stolen from Kerry mountain

15 Swaledale in-lamb ewes stolen from Kerry mountain

An appeal for information has been made after 15 pure-bred Swaledale in-lamb ewes were stolen from mountains in Co. Kerry....

ABP appoints new chief financial officer

ABP appoints new chief financial officer

ABP Food Group has announced the appointment of John Tuite as the group’s new chief financial officer. The meat processor...

ICSA ‘shocked’ at aspects of proposed REAP scheme

ICSA ‘shocked’ at aspects of proposed REAP scheme

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) is “shocked” at elements of the proposed new Results-based Environment-Agri pilot Project...

REAP pilot proposals a ‘huge disappointment’ – ICMSA

REAP pilot proposals a ‘huge disappointment’ – ICMSA

Proposals on the new Results-based Environment-Agri pilot Project (REAP) scheme have been described as a “huge disappointment” by the Irish...

How many tractors have been registered so far in 2021…and where?

How many tractors have been registered so far in 2021…and where?

Following on from a difficult 12 months throughout last year, the registration of agricultural tractors in Ireland have seen a...

Kerry Group suspends transaction discussions with Kerry Co-op

Kerry Group suspends transaction discussions with Kerry Co-op

Kerry Group has suspended discussions with Kerry Co-operative in relation to a “potential transaction” for the group’s dairy related businesses,...

Arrabawn moves to increase March milk price

Arrabawn moves to increase March milk price

Arrabawn Co-op has become the latest processor to reveal its milk price for the month of March, announcing an increase...

Bord Bia seeks to fill 20 fully-funded masters places

Bord Bia seeks to fill 20 fully-funded masters places

Bord Bia has issued a call for applications for its latest Talent Academy programmes – which includes a masters, a...

Deadline looms for farmers to claim under €20/head dairy beef calf scheme

Deadline looms for farmers to claim under €20/head dairy beef calf scheme

The closing date for the submission of payments claims relating to the Dairy Beef Calf Programme is looming, the Irish...

Bobcat compact wheel loader wins global design award

Bobcat compact wheel loader wins global design award

The new Bobcat L85 compact wheel loader (CWL) has been announced as a product discipline winner in the 2021 iF...

SimplyCow: Finnish firm unveils new herd management app

SimplyCow: Finnish firm unveils new herd management app

A mobile app dubbed SimplyCow has been launched internationally by Finnish software company Mtech Digital Solutions. Launched today (Thursday, April...

Air ambulance taskings increase by 21%…with farm accidents a common call-out

Air ambulance taskings increase by 21%…with farm accidents a common call-out

The Irish Community Air Ambulance was tasked to 127 incidents during the first three months of 2021, across nine different...

Boyle: Grass-based Irish system ‘gives positive environmental characteristics’

Boyle: Grass-based Irish system ‘gives positive environmental characteristics’

The grass-based nature of Irish livestock farming gives it “certain positive environmental characteristics” which contribute to the low carbon footprint...

51% emission 2030 target ‘would require substantial reduction’ in farming – Teagasc

51% emission 2030 target ‘would require substantial reduction’ in farming – Teagasc

Achieving ambitious emission reduction targets as set down under the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill would “require a...

Direction of CAP reform ‘could destroy farm viability in Ireland’

Direction of CAP reform ‘could destroy farm viability in Ireland’

The direction of the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has the “potential to destroy farm viability in Ireland”,...