Gardaí seek info on stolen farm equipment

Members of An Garda Síochána have appealed for information in relation to the theft of farm equipment from a farm in Co. Westmeath. Issuing the appeal on social media, Gardaí based in Co. Westmeath posted a statement, saying: “Gardaí in Athlone are looking for assistance with this recent theft of farm technology equipment from Moate. […]

Survey: Reducing private groundwater contamination through improved guidance

Private well contamination represents a very real health risk in rural Ireland, with an improved knowledge of groundwater, and, ultimately, effective engagement with rural well owners considered central to reducing the risk of infection. The hidden nature of groundwater and the enduring notion that it provides safe, pristine drinking water represents a “perfect storm” of […]

Department of Agriculture officials to attend PAC meeting

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will meet with officials from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine tomorrow, Thursday, October 24. The focus of the PAC’s examination will be the department’s 2018 appropriation account and chapter 10 – forestry grants from the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General’s (C&AG’s) 2018 Report on the […]

2 new machinery companies join the FTMTA

The Executive Council of the Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association (FTMTA) accepted two further companies into membership of the association at its October meeting. First up is Ballyealan Engineering (trading as Blue Bull Machinery). It’s an agricultural engineering company that was founded, in recent years, by Darragh Egan. The firm is based at Beechill, Tullamore, Co. […]

Tusk recommends that EU27 grant Brexit extension

Outgoing European Council President Donald Tusk has said that he will formally recommend to the EU27 (27 other member states besides the UK) that an extension to the Brexit deadline be granted to the UK. Writing on Twitter late yesterday, Tuesday, October 22, Tusk said: “Following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to pause the process of […]

Irish grocery market ‘remains buoyant’ – latest data

Figures from data analyst and consultation firm Kantar are showing that the grocery market in Ireland remains strong, despite Brexit uncertainty. The market grew by 3.3% in the 12 weeks leading up to October 6, with shoppers visiting stores more often, and making larger trips in that period than they did in the same period […]

Producer organisations ‘strengthen farmer position in chain’ – EU study

Producer organisations (POs) and associations of producer organisations (APOs) help to strengthen farmers’ position in the food supply chain while providing technical assistance to their members, according to a new EU study. Such organisations also benefit other actors in the food supply chain, as well as the local communities where they operate. These are among […]

‘Wind and solar alone will never meet Ireland’s energy demands’

Speaking at the inaugural Irish Gas Forum today, Wednesday, October 23, Denis O’Sullivan, managing director of Gas Networks Ireland (GNI), said: “While Ireland has excellent renewable energy resources, the reality is that wind and solar alone will never meet Ireland’s energy demands.” However, O’Sullivan explained how, through “a combination of technologies”, GNI can reduce Ireland’s […]

Department issues advice as Hedgerow Week continues

Farmers and rural-dwellers should always think safety first before starting any work during Hedgerow Week 2019 – and all other times – according to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Taking to social media today, Wednesday, October 23, the department issued a brief post warning people to keep safety to the forefront of […]

6 farming principles identified to help tackle environment emergency

Agriculture will be increasingly expected to deliver farming systems that enhance farming livelihoods while also delivering environmental targets going forward, according to the National Biodiversity Forum. In a workshop convened by the forum, a group of scientists including some of Ireland’s leading academics have proposed six evidence-based ecological principles that can support the design and […]

Glanbia milk supply growth expected to be 8.5% in 2019

Glanbia Ireland’s milk supply growth in 2019 is expected to be 8.5%, amid continued growth, with the company making investments to facilitate the extra milk, the processor has confirmed. Meanwhile, the firm’s stance on new entrants remains under review for the next couple of months. Milk supply to Glanbia Ireland has grown by over one […]

‘Chris’ the record-breaking sheep dies

A sheep that broke records in recent years for the world’s heaviest fleece has died, it has emerged. The sheep, named “Chris”, died on Monday, October 21, aged 10, according to Australian animal charity Little Oak Sanctuary. Chris was discovered wandering the bushlands of Canberra, in Australia, in 2015 with an enormous fleece weighing 41kg […]

Tractor seized and ‘range of offences dealt with’

A tractor was seized as a result of illegally being on a motorway and other offences on the M1 route over the weekend. Stopped by members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Road Policing Unit (RPU), the machine was seized last Friday, October 18. The vehicle was not allowed on the motorway, with […]

Seed dressing loss a major reason planted area so low

There is no doubt that the loss of Redigo Deter seed dressing this season has played a major role in the reduction in the area sown to winter cereals so far this season. As farmers struggle against wet weather to get winter cereals into the ground they are no doubt looking back to finer weather […]