In Focus: Waterford farm family prepare for dairy expansion

IN FOCUS: Near the beautiful Suir river valley at Rath, Carrick-on-Suir, County Waterford, Peter Keane and his wife Margaret have a spring calving herd of 300 pedigree Holstein Friesian cows. These are run on commercial lines and milk is supplied to Glanbia Plc. All bull calves are sold at around two weeks so the farm focus […]

Third-level agriculture bonanza

The growth and interest in Ireland’s agricultural industry is thriving. Popularity of careers and the numbers of applicants in agriculture, horticulture and food courses have in the main increased across the board. Applications have increased by just under 25 per cent since 2008, according to the Central Applications Office (CAO) this morning. Agri courses in […]

Interview: Farming and Fianna Fail

AgriLand recently caught up with Éamon Ó Cuív, Fianna Fail’s spokesman for agriculture to discuss all things Common Agricultural Policy 2014-2020 and dairy expansion. A TD for Galway West, Ó Cuív was previously a co-op manager.  First things first, Ó Cuív outlined his support for small farmers. “The Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney seems to be driven […]

This week’s farmer of the tweet

Farmers Feed Families launched a social initiative earlier this summer to raise awareness of daily life in farms across Ireland. Each week Anne Brady of Farmers Feed Families will interview the tweeting Irish farmer.  Ingrid and Noel Dunne, Gormonston. Co Meath National Potato Day takes place this week on Friday the 23 of August so our Tweeting […]

Free SME mentoring to break US markets

The Irish Export Association is developing an advanced food and drink development programme for small businesses specifically to provide free business mentoring for North American markets. It recently issued a tender for the programme. It is a joint programme supported by three partner organisations Scotland Food and Drink, Irish Exporters Association, and Northern Ireland Food and […]

‘Gaps in consumer knowledge’ affecting potato sales

A lack of understanding about the potato is damaging sales in Ireland, according to Bord Bia. Director of Horticulture Mike Neary told Agriland that “The potato sector is the most important sector of horticulture in Ireland, but we are not eating as many potatoes as we use to”. Potatoes are commonly misconceived to be fattening […]

New chairman appointed to Carbery Group

West Cork based Carbery Group has announced the appointment of Donal Tobin, a dairy farmer from Rosscarbery, as chairman to the board. Tobin has been chairman of his local co-op Lisavaird since 2008, vice-chair of Carbery Group since 2011 and chair of the company’s audit committee.  He has taken over from Derry Connolly, and will support […]

AgriLand’s top stories this week

Here’s our roundup of the top stories the past week, a good weekend read! All things paperwork: Records for cattle birth, passport, movement and on-farm deaths to be joined up All things potatoes: Sun, sea and potatoes All things horsemeat: ABP Group to contest McAdam Food defamation allegations All things ploughing: The plough and the stars, brochure out for […]

Macra / FBD young farmer county finalists

The FBD Young Farmer of the Year county finalists have been announced this week. They will go on to represent their counties or regions at the semi-final of the competition, run by Macra na Feirme in partnership with the Irish Farmers Association and FBD .  A young farmer survey, being carried out in conjunction with the competition […]

‘Alarming decline’ in soil fertility levels

The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) have noted an “alarming decline” in soil fertility levels, particularly soil phosphorus levels in recent weeks. “The Department accepts that nutrient levels in soils are declining.  However urgent action is now required,” said IFA national environment and rural affairs chairman Harold Kingston. Speaking after a recent meeting between IFA commodity chairmen and […]

Herring fishery licences available from September

The View from Northern Ireland: The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) has announced that licences for the Mourne Herring Fishery will be available from 2 September 2013. Fishing will be restricted to boats not exceeding 40ft (12.2 metres) in overall length using drift nets with a minimum mesh size of 54 mm in […]

Calling all farmers do you need a wife?

Northern Ireland Southern Area Hospice Services are looking for single farmers to take part in an exciting new fundraising event entitled ‘The Farmer Wants a Wife’. ‘The Farmers Wants a Wife’, which is being very kindly supported by main sponsor Tullyherron Farm Feeds and also by Alan Milne Tractors, will take place in Armagh City […]

Records to be centralised by Department of Agriculture

A new system from the Department of Agriculture intends to consolidate the cattle birth registration and passport issue service with the recording of cattle movements and on-farm deaths for the first time ever. A public service tender for this new service was issued recently. The tender is looking for a database for the registration of […]

Sun, sea and potatoes

Situated in the picturesque setting of Kilcoole Co Wicklow, with a view of the nearby ocean and the Sugar Loaf Mountain, Brady’s Potato Farm is ideally situated to produce quality Irish potatoes. “We’re lucky here,” said John Brady, “If we were inland or up in Meath we couldn’t produce what we produce here. The temperature […]

Shop around for best sheep prices, ICSA

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association, ICSA Ireland, has criticised the recent cut in lamb prices and has urged sheep farmers to be alert to differing upper weight limits. ICSA national sheep chair, Paul Brady, said the price for lamb has fallen sharply in recent days. “It is unacceptable that prices have fallen by […]

Brochure out for 82nd National Ploughing Championships

The National Ploughing Association (NPA) and Bank of Ireland recently launched a promotional brochure giving details of the upcoming 82nd National Ploughing Championships taking place from 24-26 September in Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co Laois. Ireland’s largest outdoor event is making a long overdue return visit to the area for the first time in 70 years, since […]

A bed of roses for Dáithí Ó Sé

AgriLand was hot on the heels today catching up with Rose of Tralee’s biggest star the one and only Dáithí Ó Sé. “It’s a really a exciting time for Tralee and the festival as the Rose of Tralee festival gets under way,” he said, speaking from the Rose of Tralee bus. West Kerry man and TV presenter […]

Fonterra will offer compensation

World News: Fonterra will offer compensation to companies supplied with potentially contaminated whey protein concentrate. This has been reported in Fairfax NZ News this morning. A lawyer said to Fairfax NZ News that Fonterra would give compensation freely and it was unlikely companies would sue, he said, adding the only way a lawsuit would come about was […]