Irish beef fund provokes debate on global stage

The €100 million beef fund for Ireland has been discussed at a meeting of the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Agriculture Committee, which took place in Geneva, Switzerland. The committee, which met today, Wednesday, June 26, and yesterday, Tuesday, June 25, discussed a wide range of global issues, of which the Irish beef aid package was […]

Taoiseach casts doubt on Mercosur Dáil vote

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has appeared to cast doubt on whether or not a possible EU trade deal with the Mercosur trading block would require a Dáil vote. Speaking in the Dáil today, Wednesday, June 26, the Taoiseach explained that if the trade deal is classified as an “exclusive EU competence” then it would not require member […]

Entry deadline looming for Tullamore Show 2019

The closing date for accepting entries for the Tullamore Show and FBD National Livestock Show is fast approaching, with a deadline set for Wednesday, July 10. With a prize fund of €175,000 on offer, as well as the gold medals, rosettes and cups to be won on the day, fiery competition is promised by organisers. […]

EU and Mercosur leaders to hold ‘working dinner’ tonight

A number of leading figures in the European Commission will tonight meet with Mercosur leaders for a “working dinner” to review negotiations to date between the two economic powerhouses. European Commission Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness Jyrki Katainen will be among representatives at the event this evening, Wednesday, June 26. Commissioner for Agriculture […]

Second cuts commence as weather window opens

The few days of reasonably dry and rather warm conditions forecasted have resulted in the first advocates of early silage sending the mower into the silage ground for the second cut of 2019. The warm conditions in early May were availed of by many farmers across the country, who were really focused on getting the […]

Donegal dog owner ordered to pay €10,000 after sheep attack

By Gerry McLaughlin  A Co. Donegal dog owner has been ordered to pay €10,000 compensation to a farmer by Donegal District Court after his two Alsatians killed three pedigree sheep. Businessman Gregory McGrory, of Carrick East, Laghy, was ordered to pay the compensation to Seamus Thomas, of Tulywee, Laghey, after the incident on March 11 […]

AXA Insurance and Macra team up for Pride 2019

Macra na Feirme has today (Wednesday, June 26) announced that it is joining forces with AXA Insurance to promote Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTQ+) rights at this year’s Pride Parade. This marks the first year the rural youth and young farmer’s organisation will take part in the Pride Parade. Commenting on the announcement, Macra […]

Live export ban in place due to European heatwave

A ban on live exports to European countries has been introduced as a temporary measure on the back of a Europe-wide heatwave. The ban has been imposed due to the current heatwave being experienced across the continent. In a statement, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine said: Due to weather warnings in Europe, […]

High-temperature warning issued for 6 counties

Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow high-temperature weather warning for six counties for tomorrow afternoon, Thursday, June 27, with temperatures set to soar. Issued today at 12:00pm, the weather warning will be valid from 1:00pm tomorrow through to 7:00pm in the evening. The warning has been issued for counties: Galway; Mayo; Clare; Cork; Kerry; […]

Reminder: ICSA to select new president tomorrow

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) will select a new president tomorrow evening, Thursday, June 27, in an election to be held at the Midlands Park Hotel in Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Three candidates have put their names forward for the role: Hugh Farrell (the current chairperson of the association’s Animal Health and Welfare […]

Farm groups highlight Mercosur threat in Budget 2020 meeting

The danger presented by a potential trade deal between the EU and Mercosur was discussed in detail by representatives of some of the country’s leading farm organisations at the National Economic Dialogue today, Wednesday, June 26. The event is held each year to allow interested groups from across the economy put forward proposals to be […]

Is this ‘slick-shifting, dual-clutch’ box a deserving winner?

A Case IH Maxxum tractor was among the award winners at last week’s Royal Highland Show (June 20-23) in Scotland; the event drew to a close on Sunday. The accolade – a ‘Technical Innovation Award – Silver’ – was bestowed by the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland, the organiser of the show. It […]