Minister announces opening of 2019 BPS scheme

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, today announced the early opening of the application process for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and the Greening Scheme. The minister commented: “I am delighted to announce that the online application system for applications for the 2019 BPS is now open. Farmers will now be […]

BPS application lines open today

Facilities for accepting Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and Greening applications are open as of today (Wednesday, February 20), the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has confirmed. Last week some farmers have received letters from the Department of Agriculture with maps and pre-printed lists of their entitlements. A spokesperson for the department told AgriLand […]

Double trouble: Twin calves born…of different breeds

A farmer in Co. Cavan got a bit of a surprise in recent days when his cow had twin calves – of different breeds. The farmer’s Friesian cow gave birth to two hale and hearty heteropaternal twin calves – one a Hereford heifer and the second a Limousin bull. Speaking to AgriLand, the farmer explained […]

LacPatrick holds milk price for January

LacPatrick has become the latest milk processor to announce its price for January supplies, revealing its decision to hold its price. The Co. Monaghan based processor will offer a price of 31.75c/L including VAT held, plus a 2c/L early calving bonus. The price for Northern Irish suppliers will also remain at 26.5p/L, a spokesperson for […]

‘Baptism of fire’ for new recruit at Argo Tractors

Joining a major tractor manufacturer as it prepared to stage its most ambitious presence at the (UK-based) LAMMA show last month proved a challenging “baptism of fire” for Argo Tractors’ new recruit Rachael Groves (pictured above). Her appointment in the new role of marketing coordinator meant organising every aspect of the show stand, from working […]

Are you protecting your lambs against pneumonia and clostridial diseases?

With peak lambing approaching, veterinary practitioner and sheep farmer Ronan Gallagher has highlighted the importance of protecting against pasteurella pneumonia and clostridial diseases. Ronan operates as a veterinary practitioner at Kilbride Veterinary Clinic in Swinford, Co. Mayo. He also runs his own pedigree Texel flock, Enniscrone Texels, at Carrowcarden, on the outskirts of Enniscrone, Co. […]

A ‘new’ look for the loader business in Co. Cork?

O’Regan Plant Sales (Yanmar Ireland) took on the Yanmar franchise last June/July. The business (based in Watergrasshill, Co. Cork) now holds the agency for much of Yanmar’s construction and agricultural machinery – for the whole of the Republic of Ireland. Sales manager Stephen O’Regan explained: “We were previously a Terex-Schaeff dealer, but Yanmar bought that product […]

Investigation into beef industry called for by Healy Rae

An investigation into beef factories and the beef sector in general in relation to the low prices that are currently being paid has been called for by independent TD Danny Healy Rae. Speaking at the Oireachtas Joint Committee for Agriculture, Food and the Marine yesterday (Tuesday, February 19) on the topic of the beef sector, […]

New face joins Landini and McCormick team

A new recruit has joined the Argo Tractors team that handles sales and distribution of Landini and McCormick products in the UK and Ireland. Stuart Watson (pictured above) will focus on the supply of parts to agricultural machinery dealers. His territory takes in Ireland, Scotland and the north of England, enabling national parts sales manager […]

Processors under pressure to fulfil Chinese beef contracts

Irish meat processors have voiced concerns about not being able to meet the volume of beef required for Chinese contracts – and are calling for further plants to be approved for export to China – according to Department of Agriculture officials. Speaking before the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine yesterday (Tuesday, […]

Is lab-grown meat really better for the environment?

Growing meat in the laboratory may do more damage to the climate in the long run than meat from cattle, according to new research by Oxford University. In a first-of-its-kind study from the LEAP (Livestock, Environment and People) programme at the Oxford Martin School, the climate-change impact of several production methods for lab-grown and farmed […]

Former Coca Cola and Nestle top brass join Glanbia board

Glanbia plc has announced a change to its board of directors, revealing that Mary Minnick and Richard Laube will join the board as independent non-executive directors on May 1, 2019. The company revealed the move today (Wednesday, February 20) following the announcement of its financial results for 2018. Mary Minnick was previously a partner of […]

Glanbia reveals new US acquisition and increased 2018 earnings

Glanbia plc has announced its results for the financial year ending December 29, 2018, revealing a 9% increase in adjusted earnings per share – as well as the acquisition of the US firm Watson. The dairy giant has announced that it has agreed to acquire Watson, a US-based non-dairy ingredient solutions business, for $89 million. […]

Why should I be milk recording?

Milk recording results could be used to predict methane emissions and dry cow tube requirements in the coming years, through research conducted by Teagasc. Of course, there is an on-going discussion amongst farmers; and between farmers and their advisers; around the whole topic of milk recording. Dairy farmers are either on the fence when it […]

Malt pricing examples…new Boortmalt structure explained further

Confusion has surrounded the new Boortmalt pricing structure since growers received two text messages with two different offers on Monday, February 11. On Monday night (February 18), Pierre-Eric Souplet, a markets specialist with Boortmalt explained four different selling scenarios to growers at the Teagasc Malting barley conference. While many growers rejected the offer of €190/t […]

Beef Plan Movement set to stage first official protest

The Beef Plan Movement will stage its first official protest outside the gates at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s Backweston Campus in Co. Kildare tomorrow (Wednesday, February 20). The rally is expected to gather in advance of 2030 TB Stakeholder Forum which is scheduled to take place at the department complex in […]