EU signs ‘historic’ trade deal with Japan – with good news for agriculture

Leaders from the European Union and Japan today formally signed off on the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and the EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA). Following a number of years of preparations, and with the negotiations finalised in December 2017, the agreements were officially signed at the 25th EU-Japan summit held in Tokyo earlier today […]

Deadline for Agricultural Mechanisation course is close

The closing date for applications to the Bachelor of Science (Agricultural Mechanisation) course in IT Tralee is exactly one month away. Applications must be in by Friday, August 17. The FTMTA (Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association) is reminding applicants that it is a direct-entry course. To apply for a place potential students must have […]

Potato prices ‘set to soar’ – as yields face up to 50% drop

The price of potatoes “will be significantly higher this year” according to the Country Crest co-founder, Michael Hoey. Speaking to AgriLand, Hoey explained that as a result of the difficult year  – which has led to the potato crop performing poorly – he believes “potatoes will go over the €500/box mark”. According to the IFA’s (Irish […]

Farmers urged ‘not to rely on luck’ when working with machinery

Farmers have been urged “not to rely on luck” when working with machinery by the chairperson of the Irish Farmers’ Association’s (IFA’s) Farm Family and Social Affairs Committee, Caroline Farrell. On the second day of Farm Safety Week, a special focus is being placed on machinery and transport by the IFA. The vast majority of fatal accidents […]

Arrabawn announces June milk price boost

Arrabawn has announced an increase to its June milk price for its suppliers this month. Making the announcement today (Tuesday, July 17), the Tipperary-headquartered co-operative increased its price to 32.05c/L including VAT for June milk; up 1c/L from its May price. Announcements Meanwhile, earlier today, Dairygold’s board decided to maintain the base price paid for milk […]

Drought hardship: ‘Every dairy farmer should cull early’

The total potential cost of the ongoing drought on a 100-cow dairy herd over a seven-day period is circa €2,600, Irish Farms Accounts Co-operative (IFAC) has cautioned. The financial advisory service reached this figure after taking into account the impact of the prolonged drought and extreme recent heatwave conditions on yields, demand for concentrate feeds and […]

Heifers die of lead poisoning in Mayo

A dairy farmer in Co. Mayo lost five heifers in just six days due to severe lead poisoning, according to local publication The Mayo News. The poisoning purportedly occurred on commonage land near Ballintubber, Co. Mayo, with the first heifer showing signs of illness on Wednesday, June 27. The animal was discovered by the farmer […]

The ultimate ‘one-pass’ system: Could it work here?

“You’re already harvesting the grain from your fields; why not bale in the same pass?” That’s the question Hillco Technologies – a US-based entity – is asking. The company is known for modifying John Deere and Case IH equipment, to make farming “more efficient”. Perhaps its most eye-catching product is its JB510 SPRB or, in other […]

Downward trend continues as GDT drops further

The most recent Global Dairy Trade (GDT) auction – Event 216 – concluded earlier today (Tuesday, July 17) with the GDT Price Index down a further 1.7%. This follows a nosedive at the last event two weeks ago, which saw the index take a 5.0% drop. Lasting two hours and five minutes, the auction saw […]

New tractor sales in the UK on the increase

The latest figures from the AEA (Agricultural Engineers Association) show that 1,187 new (agricultural) tractors were registered in the UK in June of this year. That’s 14.4% higher than the figure for June of last year (2017). It brings the year-to-date tally for the UK (January-to-June inclusive) up to 6,530 units. That’s up 6.3% compared […]

Dairygold holds its June milk price

Dairygold has become the latest milk processor to announce its June price for suppliers this month. Dairygold’s board has today decided to maintain the base price paid for milk supplied in June at 32c/L inclusive of 0.5c/L quality bonus and VAT, based on standard constituents of 3.3% protein and 3.6% butterfat. This hold on May’s […]

‘Significant difference’ between controlled burning and wildfires

Controlled burning, when carried out correctly, is a very effective land management technique, according to the Wicklow Uplands Council. It is also of “significant benefit” to both farmers and upland biodiversity, it added. The coordinator for Wicklow Uplands Council – Brian Dunne – welcomed the recent passing of the Heritage Bill through both houses of the Oireachtas. Dunne […]

Nearly 15,000 fish killed in Tipperary river

A large fill kill occurred in the Ollatrim River – a tributary of the Nenagh River – in Co. Tipperary last week, Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has confirmed. Fisheries officers attended the site at Ballinahemery Bridge near Ballymackey, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, on Monday, July 9, after receiving a report. In total, it was estimated that […]

24 farm deaths in 2017: What happened and what can we learn?

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has released a detailed breakdown of the circumstances surrounding the 24 farm fatalities that took place last year in light of Farm Safety Week 2018, which runs throughout this week. The authority noted in a post on Twitter yesterday (Monday, July 16) that last year marked the eighth year […]

‘I just remember the wheel going over my midriff’

The survivor of a childhood farm accident has detailed what happened to her and its long-term consequences in a video uploaded by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) to underline the importance of farm safety. The video was released by the HSA to hammer home the message as Farm Safety Week 2018 runs throughout this […]

Dairygold identifies 25% shortfall in winter fodder supplies

Dairygold has launched a series of measures to address the current and longer-term issues relating to the summer drought which has seen grass growth plummet to 30% of normal levels for this time of year. From its ongoing fodder surveys, Dairygold has identified a potential current shortfall of approximately 25% of winter fodder supplies. In […]