30 Irish dairy companies approved for export to China

Every company that applied for approval export dairy products to China has been approved after stringent audits by Chinese authorities.  The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney welcomed the results today and said that every company that applied for access has been accepted. “This is further evidence of the value placed on […]

April rainfall below average, except in Cork

The month of April was a fairly pleasant month overall across the country. According to Met Eireann Rainfall amounts were below average in most places. The amounts as low as 50% below normal in some places. However in Cork rainfall amounts were above average, 37% above average in parts. April was also a mild month. […]

An Taisce’s to put Food Harvest 2020 under microscope

An Taisce’s North Tipperary Association is holding a major seminar to be held in the Abbey Court Nenagh, Friday 9th May at 8:00 pm regarding “Food Harvest 2020 – a vision for Irish Agri-food and Fisheries: Are you prepared?” It says Food Harvest 2020 is being promoted as the answer to Ireland’s future prosperity, but […]

‘Dairy farmers need to play the long game with milk quota changes’

The removal of milk quotas provides significant opportunity, but only for those farmers that are well prepared. This is according to Bank of Ireland’s head of Agriculture, Seán Farrell, who was speaking at last nights Bank of Ireland agri conference in Fermoy. Irish dairy farmers are readying themselves for a potential boon period in the industry […]

Arla appoints new head of UK dairy business

Arla Foods recently announced the appointment of Peter Gioertz-Carlsen as the new executive vice president for Arla UK, replacing Peter Lauritzen who has decided to take a global role in the Arla Group prior to his retirement in 2015. Arla Foods is a global dairy company and co-operative owned by 12,600 dairy farmers circa 2,800 […]

Europe ill-prepared for US pig virus threat

Porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus has wiped out as many as seven million pigs in the United States in the past year, pushing pig prices to record highs. In Europe the pig industry is on red alert, in a bid to prevent an outstandingly virulent pig disease from entering the region. The industry is focusing in particular […]

€23 million EU support to promote agricultural products

The European Commission has approved 20 programmes to promote agricultural products in the European Union and in third countries. The total budget of the programmes, the grand majority of which will run for three years, is €46.5 million of which the EU contributes €23.3 million. The selected programmes cover a variety of product categories, such […]

Research facility fined for foot-and-mouth experiment failings

A world-renowned animal disease research facility in Surrey has been fined for shortcomings in the management of safety during experiments with cattle infected with the foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV). It follows two incidents at the Pirbright Institute in November 2012 and January 2013 in parts of a contained facility housing infected animals. Neither incident resulted […]

France ban daytime spraying to protect bees

Pesticide spraying by farmers during daylight hours is to be banned in France to protect bees. The plans were unveiled by agriculture minister Stéphane Le Foll. Current regulations mean spraying is already technically banned in the early morning in France, but many farmers have waivers, protecting them from sanction if they ignore the regulations. The […]

Beef farmers vent frustration at meat plant lack of communication

The Ulster Farmers’ Union has expressed its continued frustration and disappointment at the lack of transparency and communication between meat plants and their suppliers following reports that some meat plants in Northern Ireland are planning to remove the bonus structure and supposedly incorporate the bonus in the base price. UFU Beef and Lamb Chairman Robert […]

Kerry Group reports sales growth despite tough conditions

Kerry Group today announced interim sales growth of 3.3%, despite difficult trading conditions. It described its performance in the first quarter of 2014 as ‘satisfactory’, despite challenging conditions in many markets and the inflationary of adverse currency movements in developing markets. It said it had a sluggish start to the year, but its ingredients and […]

New CAP ‘potential bureaucratic nightmare’ – Pat the Cope

The new CAP will be a “potential bureaucratic nightmare”, according to Pat the Cope Gallagher. He was speaking ahead of the second IFA Public Hearing for Euro candidates in the Midlands-North-West, which takes place tonight. “The main objective of the CAP reform for the period 2014 to 2020 – to simplify and cut red tape, allowing farmers to focus […]

‘Glyphosate levels in milk no concern’

A recent report, which found high levels of glyphosate in breast milk, have been called into question by a consortium of companies (Glyphosate Task Force (GTF)), which says the levels found are of no concern. Glyphosate Task Force (GTF) is a consortium of companies joining resources and efforts in order to renew the European glyphosate […]

Be the best farmer you can be – Macra

Current FBD Young Farmer of the Year, dairy farmer, John Buckley, from Cork, told the Macra na Feirme/FBD Young Farmer Springboard to Successful Farming day in Laois, yesterday. “Don’t limit yourself, if you want to achieve talk to someone who has been successful. Be the best farmer you can be,” he said. The workshop provided […]

New leadership team elected at UFU AGM

The Ulster Farmers’ Union elected a new leadership team yesterday (April 30) at its Annual General Meeting held at Greenmount College.  Markethill dairy farmer Ian Marshall was officially voted in as President, while Rathfriland sheep, cereals and cut flower producer Barclay Bell was re-elected for a second term as Deputy President and will be joined […]

Competition Authority approves Glanbia purchase of Wexford Creamery

The Competition Authority has, this morning, approved the Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Ltd (GIIL) purchase of Wexford Creamery from Wexford Milk Producers (WMP) co-op. The decision has been welcomed by GIIL Chief Executive Jim Bergin. He said the decision allows GIIL to actively engage with Wexford suppliers and with management and staff of Wexford Creamery with the […]