Hill Farming

Executor sales see Wicklow farms in online auctions

Executor sales see Wicklow farms in online auctions

Two Wicklow farms have come onto the market in executor sales, one in Aughrim and the other in Tinahely. A...

September 26, 2021

Fears of western farm exodus if proper supports aren’t allocated

Fears of western farm exodus if proper supports aren’t allocated

Concerns have been raised of an eventual but inevitable farming exodus along the western coasts and hill areas if supports...

July 22, 2021

‘There will be very few hill farmers in years to come’

‘There will be very few hill farmers in years to come’

There will be very few hill farmers in the years to come due to the time-consuming and difficult nature of...

January 9, 2021

‘Hill farmers are the real environmentalists’ – INHFA hits out at IWT

‘Hill farmers are the real environmentalists’ – INHFA hits out at IWT

The farm organisation representing hill farmers has criticised demands from the Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) to remove sheep from hills....

July 28, 2020

‘Serious concerns’ raised over recreational use of farmland

‘Serious concerns’ raised over recreational use of farmland

Hill farmers are growing increasingly concerned over the recreational use of their farms, particularly people who bring their dogs onto...

March 20, 2020

‘There is untapped potential on hill farms that we need to exploit’ – Gerry Boyle

‘There is untapped potential on hill farms that we need to exploit’ – Gerry Boyle

“There is untapped potential on hill farms that we need to exploit going forward into the future,” according to Gerry...

February 19, 2020

Getting better results from hill lamb production

Getting better results from hill lamb production

“New environmental schemes need to be implemented to reward farmers that will manage their sheep on the hills,” according to...

September 14, 2019

Sheep focus: Sheep farming in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains

Sheep focus: Sheep farming in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains

Denis Halpin and his wife Ann are sheep farmers in Hollywood, Co. Wicklow, where they run a flock of sheep...

September 14, 2019

EID is the future of the sheep sector – ICM’s James Smyth

EID is the future of the sheep sector – ICM’s James Smyth

“Electronic Identification Tagging (EID) is the future of the Irish sheep sector,” according to James Smyth of Irish Country Meats...

September 8, 2019

IFA encourages farmers to apply for National Walks Scheme

IFA encourages farmers to apply for National Walks Scheme

Farmers have been encouraged to apply for the National Walks Scheme, which is set to double the number of national...

March 21, 2019

Growing a sheep farming business from 23ac to 400ac in Co. Mayo

Growing a sheep farming business from 23ac to 400ac in Co. Mayo

Joe Scahill from Prospect, Westport, Co. Mayo, farms 400ac alongside his wife Cathy and four children Lisa (19), Kate (17),...

March 4, 2018

€25m Sheep Welfare Scheme application forms to issue to farmers shortly

€25m Sheep Welfare Scheme application forms to issue to farmers shortly

The Department of Agriculture will shortly be issuing an application form and the terms and conditions for the Sheep Welfare Scheme...

December 19, 2016

Steady as she goes where sheep numbers are concerned

Steady as she goes where sheep numbers are concerned

Teagasc is predicting that the size of Ireland’s national sheep flock will, at best, remain at its current level –...

October 4, 2016

‘Growing concern’ among landowners following hill walker judgement

‘Growing concern’ among landowners following hill walker judgement

There is a growing concern among landowners and recreational users of the uplands in the wake of the recent judgement...

April 26, 2016

We need a holistic approach to flood management – INHFA

We need a holistic approach to flood management – INHFA

Upland farm management, particularly, the natural soakage of uplands, boglands and heaths will play an essential role in future flood...

January 13, 2016

‘Forestry could be five times profitable than hill sheep farming’

‘Forestry could be five times profitable than hill sheep farming’

Forestry could be five times more profitable than upland sheep farming, Confer, the Scottish organisation promoting forestry and wood, says....

July 26, 2015

Hill lambing season to get underway within days

Hill lambing season to get underway within days

Hill ewes in North Co Mayo will start lambing within the next fortnight, according to Porturlin flock owner Tony Flannery....

March 19, 2015

New farming organisation targets 20,000 farmers

New farming organisation targets 20,000 farmers

A new national farming organisation is being set up and it aims to represent marginalised and low income farmers. It...

January 19, 2015