Mart safety: ‘We’re not doing it to make life difficult’

Incidents in livestock marts, including a fatality and a number of serious injuries, have forced the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) to introduce measures to keep mart goers and employees safe. Pat Griffin, HSA senior inspector, spoke to AgriLand on the topic of mart safety on the final day of the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore, […]

Drummonds to host a ‘Cultivation Day’ next Tuesday

Drummonds will host a ‘Cultivation Day’ next Tuesday (September 21). Four different cultivation systems will be evaluated on the day. John Geraghty will be the main source of information; the agricultural science lecturer from Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) will talk on soil health, organic matter and structure. Attendees will be able to see the […]

Taoiseach arrives at National Ploughing Championships

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has arrived at the National Ploughing Championships. His first stop was at the ‘Ploughing’ headquarters, which he visited shortly after 11:30am today (Friday, September 21). Upon arrival, he had a brief meeting with the managing director of the National Ploughing Association (NPA), Anna May McHugh. He left the HQ and proceeded […]

What’s new from DeLaval at ‘Ploughing 2018’?

DeLaval – the Swedish milking equipment and technology company – showcased its new Rotary E100 milking parlour to an Irish audience at this week’s National Ploughing Championships. Visitors to Screggan witnessed the key features of the new rotary, which is focused around the four customer challenges of: animal welfare; milk quality; farm profitability; and work efficiency. […]

Pneumonia: The enemy of weanlings

Over the autumn months, a number of weanling-focused tasks are due to take place, such as: weaning; de-horning; castration if necessary; housing; and vaccination/dosing. A plan should be put in place to ensure these jobs are carried out in a timely manner over the coming weeks, rather than all carried out on the same day, […]

‘Ploughing 2018’: New-look telehandler from Manitou touches down

This new pivot-steer (articulated) telescopic handler (pictured above) from Manitou is, arguably, one of the machinery highlights at this year’s National Ploughing Championships. The new machine – there is just one model for now – is designated the MLA-T 533-145 V+. Maximum lift height (courtesy of its telescopic boom) is 5.2m; maximum lift capacity is […]

Cool unsettled weekend in store

The current cool, unsettled weather is set to continue through the weekend, according to Met Eireann, but dry conditions are expected from Monday if current indications persist. It will be a cool and blustery day today (Friday, September 21), with sunny spells and scattered showers, the national meteorological office says. Some of the showers will […]

‘Country could have been better prepared for Storm Ali’

The country could have been better prepared for Storm Ali and a Status Red alert was warranted, according to Fianna Fail’s Eugene Murphy. The TD for Roscommon/Galway – who also serves as the Fianna Fail spokesperson on flood relief and the OPW (Office of Public Works) – noted that many roads were left impassible and […]

Cattle exhibitors brave it out for Friday’s ‘Ploughing 2018’

Despite suggestions that many livestock exhibitors would load cattle up early and head home rather than exhibit at the final day of 2018’s National Ploughing Championships, the inverse is actually true. Concerns had been raised on the ground yesterday that farmers – after a long week and a difficult Wednesday – would head for the […]

RTE closes stand for final day of ‘Ploughing 2018’

One of the most notable absentees from the final day of the National Ploughing Championships is RTE (Raidio Teilifis Eireann). The national broadcaster’s stand remained closed to the public this morning, as workers arrived to begin dismantling the branding in the tent. According to the RTE website, its programme ‘Ploughing Live’ will not be broadcast today, […]

Tracey and Whelan take top honours at ‘Ploughing 2018’

Eamonn Tracey and John Whelan took top honours at the National Ploughing Championships once again this year. Martin Kehoe finished just one point behind Tracey, while Kieran Coakley finished in third place in the senior conventional test match. In the Kverneland reversible test match, Dan Donnelly came second behind John Whelan – his fellow county […]

Extra heifers push weekly beef kill up 1.3%

Moving from an already high position, the number of cattle slaughtered in export approved beef plants last week climbed by 1.3% or 475 head compared to the previous week, official figures show. Extra heifers – namely the slaughtering of 848 more heifers – was responsible for this increase, as all of the other main categories […]

Protein payment set to be nice for those who planted

Farmers who planted protein crops this season look set to get a hefty payment. €3 million has been allocated to the scheme since 2015. That €3 million is divided among the eligible hectares planted. A total of 8,167ha of peas, beans – both winter and spring – and lupins were declared in 2018, according to […]

Crowds at ‘Ploughing 2018’ total 81,500 today – NPA claims

A total of 81,500 people attended ‘Ploughing 2018’ today (Thursday, September 20), the National Ploughing Association (NPA) has claimed. Today represented the second day that the event went ahead, given the cancellation announced yesterday following the damage caused by Storm Ali. On Tuesday – the first day of ‘Ploughing 2018’ – crowds equalled approximately 97,500, […]

Low-cost loan scheme ‘imminent’ – Deering

Announcement on the much-anticipated low-cost loan scheme is imminently expected, the chairman of the Oireachtas Agriculture Committee has stated. Pat Deering, Fine Gael TD for Carlow/Kilkenny and chairman of the committee, confirmed to AgriLand presenter Claire Mc Cormack that announcement of the scheme was very close – and had actually expected it to be announced […]

Rumour mill points to Carlow for ‘Ploughing 2019’

Rumours suggesting Co. Carlow as the destination for the National Ploughing Championships next year have grown substantially, following comments made on radio today (Thursday, September 20). A number of local media outlets are reporting that Fine Gael TD for Carlow/Kilkenny Pat Deering has let slip that a site in Co. Carlow has been selected for […]