What farmers need to know about the nitrates derogation review

A review of the conditions of the nitrates derogation is set to commence once the deadline for 2019 derogation applications close on April 20 next. According to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine the outcome of the review – including recommendations – will be published in June allowing derogation farmers sufficient time to plan for […]

Life after Brexit: ‘What troubles me is the lack of trust’

Concerns are mounting over the level of trust that will remain between the EU and the UK, if and when, the sides move to establish a new trading relationship post-Brexit. The current sense of unease has been articulated by the Midlands-North West MEP and First-Vice President of the European Parliament, Mairead McGuinness. Speaking at parliament […]

‘European price rises must be followed by Irish pig processors’

Irish pig processors have been urged to follow their European counterparts and increase Irish pig prices immediately. Chairman of the Irish Farmers’ Association’s (IFA’s) Pig Committee, Tom Hogan, has explained that all main pig producing countries across the EU, especially those that export significant volumes of pigmeat, have seen a number of pig price increases […]

Management hint: Don’t be afraid to turn the calves out

With milder conditions in store for this week, farmers should consider turning out some older calves to grass. Early turnout to grass has proved hugely beneficial in terms of increased live-weight gain and reduced health issues, when compared to calves housed indoors for long periods of time. To do this, some farmers use hutches or […]

EU agrees to short Brexit deadline extension

The European Council has made a decision regarding the UK’s request for an extension to the Article 50 process on Brexit, and will provide for a partial extension. Having taken note of UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s letter seeking an extension from March 29 to June 30, the council has put forward a compromise. The […]

FarmLand – Season 2 Episode 3

Live exports, machinery trade and bovine lameness are the centre focus on the third episode of FarmLand season 2, including views from industry top brass. On this week’s episode of FarmLand, Bord Bia’s sector manager for beef and livestock Joe Burke discusses current progress with calf exports. Topics covered include: the new boat the W.B. […]

Macra: What’s in it for young modern-day farmers?

“It would be my aim that, at the end of my term, any serious young farmer should be a member of Macra,” president-elect of Macra na Feirme Thomas Duffy told members. Speaking at the latest presidential and vice presidential election hustings last night (Wednesday, March 20), the incoming president of the farming and rural youth […]

Triple-axle trailer stolen in overnight raid

Gardai are investigating the theft of a triple-axle trailer from a property in Co. Meath last night (Wednesday, March 20). Gardai in Kells are investigating the theft, which took place from a premises in Hartstown, Clonmellon. Issuing an appeal on social media, a representative for An Garda Siochana said: “If you saw any suspicious activity […]

‘UK’s no-deal tariff targets remarkable’ – Hogan

The European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, has once again hit out at the UK’s proposed temporary no-deal tariff regime. Speaking in Brussels today (March 21), the commissioner described the potential crash-out tariffs – which could see Irish beef exports into the country slapped with rates ranging from €740/t or €0.74/kg to […]

Kubota’s annual revenue has grown to almost €15 billion

Kubota Corporation notched up revenues of ¥1,850 billion (€14.7 billion) in 2018. This was up by 5.7% compared with 2017. Operating profit amounted to ¥189 billion (€1.52 billion). This was up by 5.3% compared with 2017. For this year (2019), the company forecasts that revenue will be up 6.5% (and that operating profit will be up 5.6%). […]

ICMSA: ‘Farmers who lost out on ANC should appeal soon’

Farmers who feel they have grounds to appeal the redesignation of their land under the Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) Scheme “should do so quickly”, warns the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association (ICMSA). The closing date for submitting appeals under the scheme is April 8, and the association argues that the redesignation of land for […]

Auction report: Mix of brands and eras at this ‘on-site’ sale

An on-site tractor and machinery auction took place on behalf of Russell Smith Farms and Cheveley Park Farms on Wednesday, February 27. The venue was Manor Farm, Thriplow, Cambridgeshire, England. The sale was conducted by Cheffins. The catalogue included numerous tractors, as well as a varied array of implements and machines. In this report, we […]

New agri distributor for Trimble technology in Ireland

The distribution of ‘Trimble Ag’ products in Ireland is moving from Korec Group to Grasstec Ltd – but will remain under the Vantage Ireland trading name. “The Trimble Ag products available through Vantage Ireland offer the best technology that’s available in the Irish market-place, in terms of guidance, steering and machine control,” said Bertie Troy, […]

Farmer meeting tonight on Castleblayney Mart closure

A meeting has been scheduled to take place tonight (Thursday, March 21) to seek resolution for farmers left out of pocket as a result of the closure of Castleblayney Mart in Co. Monaghan. Farmers who have been affected by the mart closure and its parent company, Edward Paul Nugent Ltd, have been urged to attend the […]

‘UK must hold EU elections if extension exceeds May 23’ – Hogan

If the UK’s departure from the European Union is extended beyond May 23 it would require the UK to hold European elections, the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, has stated. Speaking in Brussels, ahead of today’s European Council summit, the commissioner outlined the further challenges posed by UK Prime Minister Theresa […]

Auction report: Sample 6R/M Series tractor prices from giant sale

An auction involving the disposal of a considerable fleet of tractors and equipment from the UK-based Hawk Plant hire group took place late last week (Thursday, March 14, and Friday, March 15). Along with a very significant number of plant/construction machines, well over 100 tractors were up for grabs. The tractors were sold on the […]

Organic implementation group holds inaugural meeting

The inaugural meeting of the new Organic Strategy Implementation Group took place today, and was attended by Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Andrew Doyle. The purpose of this group is to drive the implementation of the new Organic Sector Strategy 2019 – 2025 and the 27 overarching cross-sectoral […]

Climate committee won’t recommend tax on agri-emissions

The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action will not recommend a tax on greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture when it submits its final report, AgriLand understands. This will mean that there will be no tax on methane emissions from slurry; however, the committee will not necessarily rule out measures on other farm-related activities, e.g. on […]