What can Irish agriculture do to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

Speaking at the Shinagh dairy farm open day on November 13, Teagasc’s Donal O’Brien highlighted the key areas where Irish agriculture can reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. “Improving the technical efficiencies of farms can improve farm profitability and reduce GHG emissions,” he explained. Therefore, this is a win-win scenario for both farmers and the […]

What is biological farming?

Biological farming was a hot topic this week as the first Biological Farming Conference – run by the National Organic Skillnet – took place in Tullamore this week. Interest in the event was high and attendees came from all parts of the agricultural sectors. Livestock and tillage farmers were in attendance as well as agronomists, […]

What is best practice when it comes to injecting my cattle?

Over the course of an animal’s life, they will require many vaccinations and treatments. Whether treating cattle with specific medicines for specific illnesses or administering routine vaccinations, farmers need to inject treatments with the right equipment and in the right places. Firstly, farmers need to have the animal penned correctly. This will avoid any damage to […]

Communities prepare for a ‘dramatic’ new year

Farmers and people from a whole range of other walks of life in Ballyfin, Co. Laois, are preparing to play a dramatic part in community life. Their aim is to keep the area’s strong amateur drama tradition alive. “The idea emerged from some parents of students in my speech and drama school, expressing an interest […]

Rural mental health and wellbeing supports unveiled

A new mental health and wellbeing service for communities in west Cork, The Wellbeing Network, was recently officially launched by Senator Joan Freeman; mayor of Cork county, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy; and Olympic Irish race walker, Rob Heffernan. In addition to a mobile service that will visit up to two communities in west Cork per […]

Analysis: The Irish live cattle export market in 2018

Live cattle exports are vital to the Irish beef industry. In a sector where beef processors have the monopoly, getting cattle out of the country provides more competition at the ringside and when it comes to cattle available for slaughter. Live cattle exports up until October 14 this year were running approximately 49,105 head or […]

Donegal KT event focuses on succession and digital safety

Farmers from across Donegal gathered in Letterkenny last night (Thursday, November 15) for an Ulster Bank agriculture event to discuss the importance of succession planning and digital safety. The event, which drew a crowd of more than 180 people, was a Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine approved Knowledge Transfer National Event, and was […]

Need extra cash? 100 seasonal jobs available this spring – FRS

100 seasonal farm jobs are set to come available this spring through Farm Relief Services (FRS), the company has announced. FRS recently launched a recruitment drive spanning the Munster, Leinster and Ulster regions to source 100 seasonal farm workers to meet the demand from their farming customers this spring. The firm has highlighted “local work, […]

FARM announces its ‘Student of the Year’ at AGM

Mary Deane has recently been presented with an award after being titled Student of the Year for her diploma in Integrated Pest Management and Sustainable Use of Pesticides  in 2017. She received the award at the recent Federation of Agrochemical Retail Merchants (FARM) AGM. As part of her diploma, Deane completed a project examining the various […]

‘AMR is the greatest security threat of our lifetime’

It has been said that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) needs to be seen “as the greatest security threat of our lifetime and must be to the fore in every agricultural Government decision”. The statement came from Eamon Sheehan as he was speaking at the Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust Ireland’s annual conference. The event is underway today […]

‘Action on climate change is not a choice – it’s a must’

“Everyone has to put their shoulders to the wheel when it comes to reducing climate change.” These were the opening words from Commissioner Phil Hogan speaking at the European Dairy Association (EDA) Conference today (Friday, November 16) at Dublin Castle. Also in attendance at the historic venue were many international and European stakeholders of the […]

‘Decisive progress’ in Brexit process welcomed by co-ops

“Decisive progress” and the draft deal reached between the EU and UK negotiators on Brexit have been welcomed by the Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS) today (Friday, November 16). In the view of the association, this withdrawal agreement covers all elements of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. These include: the financial settlement; citizens’ rights; a […]