Ballyjamesduff Mart holding an on-farm dairy dispersal sale

The tail end of 2020 and beginning of 2021 has seen a strong trade for dairy stock – with cows in milk and spring-calving cows both being in demand. With this in mind, Ballyjamesduff Co-op Mart is holding a on-farm dairy dispersal sale this Saturday, January 23, at 11:30am in Newcastle, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. The […]

Strong criticism of ‘minimalist approach’ adopted in tackling unfair trading practices

Deputy Matt Carthy has strongly criticised the adoption of a “minimalist approach” in tackling unfair trading practices in the agriculture sector. The Sinn Féin spokesperson on agriculture said that Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue has “shown no signs that he is willing to challenge the dominance of processors and retailers who drive down the margins […]

Longford IFA launches ‘love local’ family farm campaign

A number of Longford farmers have launched a campaign to promote local family farms all around the “O’Farrell County” in an effort to highlight the value of local food production. Longford IFA county chairman Gavin White, a suckler and sheep farmer and agricultural contractor, spearheaded the campaign. Explaining the project to AgriLand, Gavin said: “It’s […]

Man killed in accident on farm in Clare

A man has been killed in an accident which took place on a farm in Co. Clare earlier today (Friday, January 22), An Garda Síochána has confirmed. The incident occurred when a wall collapsed in the farmyard, according to authorities. Confirming the news to AgriLand, a spokesperson for An Garda Síochána said: “Shortly after 12:00pm […]

Beef Plan members flag accounts with Revenue Commissioners

Some members of the Beef Plan Movement have contacted the Revenue Commissioners to highlight what they regard as issues in the group’s accounts. Eoin Donnelly told AgriLand that members on his side of the Beef Plan Movement dispute had informed the Revenue Commissioners that two directors had been removed from the company and three more put in […]

Minister Hackett: ‘We have a shared responsibility to act’ on climate change

The importance of collective responsibility in helping international countries tackle climate change along with poverty and hunger was a focus of the 13th Global Forum for Food and Agriculture. Minister of State Pippa Hackett has today (Friday, January 22) welcomed a joint communiqué agreed by agriculture ministers from across the globe. “The communiqué highlights the […]

Poots: Dublin government ‘needs to step up’ over port delays

Northern Ireland Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots has slammed the Irish Government, saying it needs to “step up” in addressing post-Brexit issues importing agri-food produce. Poots said it was difficult to secure meetings with officials from the south to discuss solutions to hold-ups at Dublin Port. Delays have been so bad, several haulage firms are opting […]

Department applies to downgrade Ireland’s BSE risk status to ‘negligible’

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has applied to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to have Ireland’s BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) risk status downgraded from ‘controlled’ to the lowest status of ‘negligible’. A department spokesperson said that the OIE will consider the application in May this year. The OIE has a […]

Snow-ice warnings issued ahead of wintry weekend

A number of Status Yellow snow-ice warnings have been issued by Met Éireann ahead of a wintry weekend. The first snow-ice warning – issued for counties Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo – was issued at 12:00pm today (Friday, January 22). It came into effect immediately and will remain in place until 12:00pm […]

Appointment of new dealer ‘a further cornerstone’ for Pottinger

Pottinger Ireland has announced the appointment of Kelvale Agri Machinery Limited of Glenmore, Co. Kilkenny, as an authorised dealer for the full range of Pottinger products. An established family-run business of over 10 years, Kelvale Agri Machinery Ltd currently provides sales and service of used tractors and machinery, specialising in Deutz Fahr tractors. Jamie and […]

Brexit ‘a unique opportunity’ for Irish sheep breeders

Brexit could be a unique opportunity for supplying sheep breeding stock to Northern Ireland farmers, according to one well-known Leitrim sheep farmer. Kevin Comiskey, who is the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) National Sheep Committee vice-chairman and Leitrim IFA sheep chairman, outlined his thoughts on the matter to AgriLand. “I think Brexit has presented us with […]

US tariffs on some Irish food exports could jump to 50% – MEP

US tariffs on certain Irish food exports such as butter could jump to 50% if the current EU-US Airbus-Boeing dispute isn’t eased. That’s the warning from Fine Gael MEP Colm Markey. He was referring to the ongoing trade feud over state support to plane maker Boeing and its European rival Airbus. Impact on butter exports […]

Suspension of point-to-point racing to have ‘very serious financial implications’

The recently announced suspension of the point-to-point racing season in light of Covid-19 restrictions will “have very serious financial implications” according to one TD. Last week, the Irish National Hunt Steeplechase Committee (INHSC) announced the suspension of the 2021 point-to-point racing season in Ireland with immediate effect, following updated government guidance. The committee said it received […]