Farmers ‘entitled’ to carcass images before and after trim

Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice is calling for farmer access to carcass photographs – before and after trimming – in a bid to stamp out “unfair” practices on factory floors. Speaking in the aftermath of the recent controversy whereby three meat plants were found to have carried out excessive trimming on a total 19 carcasses last year […]

Which crop was most profitable in 2017?

Fodder beet was the crop with the biggest net margin in the 2017 Teagasc Tillage E-profit Monitor. It had a net margin which was more than double that of the crop with the second highest net margin – winter oilseed rape. The net margin of a spring feed barley crop – the most popular tillage […]

Heifers sell to a top price of €1,600/head at Ballinrobe Mart

Cattle numbers were reported to have increased at Ballinrobe Mart on Wednesday last, January 16. A good trade was reported – especially for the quality lots on offer. Tom Maguire – the mart’s manager – said: “The trade has followed the pre-Christmas period, with the emphasis very much on quality. “Anything ‘nice’ is making plenty […]

Volume of land sold nationally in steady decline

A decline in the volume of land being sold nationally – a trend evident the past number of quarters – was again pinpointed by its agents, Sherry FitzGerald’s recently released Irish agricultural land market Q3, 2018 review. 33% of agents noted that supply levels fell in Q3. These reports from agents corresponded with recent data […]

Social Farming benefits to be highlighted at open day

A Social Farming open day which is to be held on the farm and home of Patrick and Corina Corrigan in Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, on Monday next, January 21, will highlight the benefits of the initiative to participants, host farmers and the wider society. There will be an opportunity to take a walk around the […]

Multi-purpose farm on the market for €10,000/ac in Co. Wexford

Approximately 155ac has come on the market at Quitchery, Ballymitty, Co. Wexford. The section of land includes a yard, outbuildings and a stone building. The Ballymitty property is an out farm and was previously in use for beet production. It is currently used for dry stock, grazing and growing maize, said selling agent John Radford of […]

IFA: Farm-to-farm restrictions on calves could damage trade

Restrictions on farm-to-farm movement of calves “fail to recognise the practical reality of the marketplace”, according to the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA). The IFA is calling on Michael Creed, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, to reconsider the restrictions. “Ahead of the peak sale time for calves, these restrictions by the department could […]

Calf-rearing events drive home one key message to attendees

A series of calf-rearing events took place recently in conjunction with Kerry Agribusiness and Cargill Animal Nutrition – who outlined that the key message was the importance of getting the basics right. The meetings took place on Tuesday, January 15, at the Charleville Park Hotel, Co. Cork, and on Wednesday, January 16 at the Listowel Arms […]

John Deere tractor stolen from yard

Police have put out appeals for information in relation to a stolen John Deere tractor which is believed to have been taken last weekend. The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) issued an appeal over social media. In a statement, the PSNI said: “Police in Fermanagh are appealing for information relating to a stolen John […]

LAMMA 2019: Manitou previews new, smaller telescopic loader

Although Manitou was keen to promote the re-badging of Mustang skid-steer loaders in its own red livery at LAMMA 2019, the machines remained unchanged (even down to keeping the same model numbers). Another eye-catching exhibit on the stand was the MLA-T 516-75H articulated telescopic loader (pictured). This model is believed to be produced by the company’s […]

Dairy farmer wins €2,000 prize for farm safety

The Waterford Farm Safety Award 2018, sponsored by insurance broker Hooper Dolan Insurances, was presented yesterday, January 17, at a function in Dungarvan. Noel Griffin’s farm in Cappagh, north of Dungarvan, was selected from five finalists for the prize – which was to the value of €2,000 – and a trophy courtesy of Waterford Crystal. […]

Aurivo announces milk price for December

The board at Aurivo has decided to hold its milk price for the month of December, following suit with other co-ops for that month. The co-op announced today, January 18, that it would maintain its price at 30c/L, including vat. The Aurivo board acknowledged the more positive market environment in recent weeks, saying it will […]

ICOS calls for suspension of the Article 50 negotiation period

It has been said that in relation to Brexit, the only viable solution now is for the UK and EU to agree to suspend the Article 50 negotiation period. A statement from the Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS) revealed that this should happen to avoid “disastrous consequences” which would be suffered most by Ireland and […]

Yuletide ewe has hale and hearty quintuplet lambs in Mayo

A farm family in Co. Mayo got a surprise earlier this week when their ewe gave birth to five hale and hearty quintuplet lambs. Speaking to AgriLand, Martina Flannery, of Bangor Erris, Co. Mayo, explained the ewe’s unexpected lambing. “They were born last Sunday; she started lambing at 2:30pm in the afternoon and she had […]

LAMMA 2019: Valtra has an all-new engine in the offing

Revolutions often come in small stages. Valtra has taken a few incremental steps forward this year, with changes to the specifications of tractors across its range. There are also hints of larger developments to come. Last year, AGCO Power celebrated 75 years of engine production, which was started by Valmet at an old aircraft factory […]