What has the EBI delivered in monetary terms?

The Economic Breeding Index (EBI) has delivered €750 million of additional value to the dairy sector over the last 20 years, according to the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF). Outlining the breeding programme’s progress, it states that the trends in EBI continue to advance on both the milk and fertility indexes – making a significant contribution […]

How much water will your cows drink during warm weather?

With the weather after turning for the better, temperatures are set to reach +20° over the coming days and it’s an opportune time to check if your cows are getting enough water. It’s worth remembering that the primary component of milk is water and, therefore, ensuring your cows are provided with an adequate water supply is […]

Plastic shining across the country as maize acreage booms

The acreage of land sown under maize across the country has increased massively, according to Maizetech’s John Foley. Speaking to AgriLand earlier this week, John explained that he was busy sourcing extra seed to keep up with farmer demand. Maize crops are visible from numerous roads across the country and in many parts where it […]

Funding allocated and tenders opened for female rural entrepreneur programme

Tenders have now opened for the establishment of a development programme for female rural entrepreneurs following the allocation of funding from the Department of Agriculture. A competitive public procurement procedure under the 2018 Rural Innovation and Development Fund for Rural Female Entrepreneurs has been announced by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed. […]

Glanbia targets group revenue of over €5 billion by 2022

Glanbia outlined its group ambitions at the company’s Capital Markets Day in its US “innovation center” in Illinois. The event was held yesterday (Wednesday, May 23) beginning at 8:00am and running through until 6:00pm local time. The group gave a breakdown of its 2018 full year guidance, as well as an outline of its five-year […]

Auction report: ‘Old-school’ Deeres under the hammer at monster sale

Monday of last week (May 14) saw the latest monthly Cambridge Machinery Sales auction take place at Cheffins Auctioneers’ sale grounds in Sutton, Cambridge (England). These monthly sales can attract a huge number of lots, including tractors, construction equipment as well as farm and horticultural machinery. They also attract Irish interest; some dealers, contractors and […]

Tractor sales bounce back after slow start – FTMTA

The Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association (FTMTA) says that registrations of new tractors started the year with a sizable year-on-year drop but have improved dramatically since then. It says that this mirrors the pattern seen last year. Figures show that a total of 855 new tractors have been registered during the first four months […]

UK farm vandalised and animals abused in criminal break-in

A community farm in the UK was targeted by criminals during the week, who threw bricks at the pigs enclosed on-site, as well as stealing and vandalising the establishment. The incident occurred in Hull, on the east coast of England, at East Hull Community Farm. It is believed that the break-in occurred on Tuesday night […]

Video: Will this be the silage-cutting anthem of 2018?

It’s fair to say that the 2018 silage season has notched up a gear this week, thanks to the prolonged spell of fine weather. The dust has been blown off the mowers, balers and forage harvesters in recent weeks. Given the difficult weather conditions experienced in the past few months, farmers across the country have […]

1987 Case IH 1455XL goes to auction…and makes £27,000

A 1987 Case IH 1455XL (pictured above), with 7,829 hours on the clock, sold for a hefty £27,000 (plus VAT) at an auction in England this week. This (hammer) price was also subject to a ‘buyer’s premium’ of 2%. The tractor was noted as having “one driver from new“. The auction took place on Tuesday (May 22). […]

Young man killed in Fermanagh named

The young man killed in Co. Fermanagh earlier this week has been named locally as 17-year-old Neil Edward Graham of Glen West, Garrison. The teenager, who was a trainee mechanic, was killed in an accident involving a tractor while on work experience at a garage, according to the Belfast Telegraph. He was weeks away from […]

Downey joins minister’s advisory group

Eddie Downey, the former president of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA), has been elected to the Fine Gael (FG) Agricultural Affairs Committee. The tillage, beef and poultry farmer – who farms 140ac near Slane, Co. Meath – was confirmed as a new member of the committee at a meeting last night. A spokesperson for the […]

Limousin society enters into negotiations with the ICBF

It has recently emerged that the Irish Limousin Cattle Society has decided not to make it mandatory for its breeders to take part in the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation’s (ICBF’s) Whole Herd Performance Recording (WHPR) programme. This decision means that participation in the WHPR programme will not be a requirement for premier sales – such […]

Another new McCormick joins its tractor tally

McCormick – along with its sister brand Landini – has been busy launching new tractors of late. Pictured above, for example, is last year’s launch event for McCormick’s flagship X8 (at Agritechnica in Germany). More recently – just last week in fact – the most powerful version of a new three-model (mid-range) line of McCormick […]

NI farmers call for no ban on live exports

There must be no ban on live exports from the UK, according to the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU). The comments follow the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs’ (DEFRA’s) call for evidence on controlling live exports for slaughter and improving animal welfare during transport after the UK leaves the EU. Commenting on the matter, […]

Is Goodman circling the newspaper industry?

Beef tycoon Larry Goodman has purportedly been purchasing numerous shares in Independent News and Media (INM), according to reports circulating today (Thursday, May 24). It has been suggested that Goodman – owner of ABP Food Group – is behind “several recent large purchases of INM’s shares, although he has not passed the 3% level at […]

On tour: ‘Red Power’ reaches across the country

The Case IH Red Power Tour is currently making its way around the country. Last Thursday, it landed in Ireland at the Grass & Muck event in Gurteen College (Co. Tipperary). From there, the tractors and equipment were trucked to Co. Kilkenny, where dealers Kill Agri and Tobin & Cantwell were front and centre (May 21). The […]