New veterinary and fertiliser rules expected ‘by Christmas’
It is looking like farmers will need a prescription to buy wormers from 1 January, as Minister McConalogue expects a tightening of veterinary medicine rules to become law by Christmas.
Fines of up to €10m for companies that engage in unfair trading practices
Some €4m has been allocated next year for the establishment of the regulator, as was announced in Budget 2023.
€12/ewe makes a 'mockery' of new sheep scheme - ICSA
The ICSA has said that Minister McConalogue has let sheep farmers down in the recently announced Sheep Improvement Scheme.
Colm McCarthy: Is a congestion charge the answer?
How should the costs of the road system, including costs imposed on everyone else by road traffic, be recovered?
Finance key to peatland restoration suggests Murnion
A peatland mapping exercise in NI highlights areas in greatest need of restoration.
View from the marts: fleshed lambs up €8 to €10 but light lambs struggle
The 20c/kg to 30c/kg increase in factory prices has ignited the live trade, with factory agents locking horns with butcher buyers.
Sheep mart prices: improved dead trade fuelling live trade
The trade for finished lambs has increased anywhere from €4 to €10 on the previous week, with factory agents displaying a much keener appetite for finished lambs.
MartBids Database: feedlot buyers return ringside
Tightening numbers being offered for sale, as well as the return of feedlot and Northern buyers ringside, is playing into the seller’s hand at the moment. Declan Marren reports.
Camera at the Mart: forward fatstock on fire in Clogher
Adam Woods reports from Clogher Valley Mart’s annual show and sale of fatstock cattle on Monday night.
Dairy management: what weight should maiden heifers be now?
Aidan Brennan takes a look at what target weight maiden or weanling heifers should be now.
Milk trumps substitutes in UK
AHDB analysis shows that real milk sales are more than competing with substitute products in supermarkets, despite higher prices.
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Legacy of Transformula evident in second-lactation Ottawa cows
A top-performing Holstein herd is reaping the benefits of its calf rearing programme three years on with heifer replacements now in the milking herd.
Five tips for fluke drenching cattle
When treating cattle for fluke, outlined are a few things to consider for effective parasite control.
Liver fluke forecast identifies high risk of disease in west and northwest
The forecast predicts infection being prevalent in the west and northwest with occasional losses in the midlands, east Munster and north Leinster.
Vets get TB testing pay increase
The money vets receive from the Department for TB testing cattle has risen, with back payments on the way for 2020, 2021 and 2022.
Delay in new medicines regime
The new regime was due to come into force from December 1 but was stalled by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture.
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Dial before you dig a must for Kilkenny farmer
Natural gas is highly flammable so damaging a gas pipeline can cause major disruption, property damage, serious injury or even death.
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Legacy of Transformula evident in second-lactation Ottawa cows
A top-performing Holstein herd is reaping the benefits of its calf rearing programme three years on with heifer replacements now in the milking herd.
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Optimise dry off for a successful lactation
Research has clearly demonstrated the link between infection during the dry cow period and subsequent clinical mastitis and elevated somatic cell counts (SCC) in early lactation.
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Milk trumps substitutes in UK
AHDB analysis shows that real milk sales are more than competing with substitute products in supermarkets, despite higher prices.
Input costs double in two years
UN Food and Agriculture Organisation November report identifies the cost of global agricultural inputs and the effect it has had on production and trade.
Fonterra’s global retreat continues
Company sells dairy operations in Chile for over €600m.
Inflation and mild weather sees Origin Enterprises revenues soar
Very strong performance in Ireland and the UK helped drive results.
Gardaí investigate fatal accident involving tractor
The incident happened in Co Leitrim on Friday evening.
Kuhn increase capacity of Lexis entry level trailed sprayer range
Kuhn has added a larger capacity Lexis 3800 model to its entry level range of trailed sprayers. Not only increased in size but a number of new features have been added.
Lemken adds new camera functions to Steketee hoeing machines
Lemken have just introduced a new ‘Combi Cam Mode’ for the Steketee mechanical weeding equipment, which generates a superimposed image for weed detection.
Watch: €9,100 for Limerick breeder at winter fair
Shanon Kinahan reports from the sale morning at the Midland and Western Livestock Improvement Society winter fair in Carrick-on-Shannon.
Two farms for sale in Tipperary
One is c56ac with a house and yard, the other is c26ac on the edge of the town, with a farmyard, and is part zoned.
Three Wexford farms for auction
Two are non-residential, the third has a derelict house which may be of interest to those looking to build a new house.
Fine cattle farm for sale in Co Galway
The c96ac holding comes with a spacious farmhouse which is in very good condition and a top class farmyard.
Dairy beef calves - getting the accommodation right
Having the correct facilities for rearing dairy-bred suckler calves will ensure that they get off to the best start.
Over one million EU citizens sign petition seeking spray ban by 2035
‘Save Bees and Farmers’ is seeking to ban the use of all pesticides in the EU by 2035.
€60m water quality scheme launched for farmers
The new scheme was announced by Minister of State Pippa Hackett at the Green Party conference on Saturday.
Tirlán suppliers to plant over 450,000 trees by 2025
The new tree and hedge planting target comes off the back of the original target of 100,000, which Tirlán says were planted 12 months ahead of schedule.
New planting priorities cause supply headaches for nurseries
While forestry companies have discounted suggestions of a serious shortage of young trees for planting in 2023, there are concerns within the industry, write Declan O'Brien and Lorcan Roche Kelly.
Avian flu housing order introduced in NI
The housing order in Northern Ireland applies from midday on Monday 28 November.
NI news: charity auction and support for pigs
News in brief from the farming and food industries across Northern Ireland.
NI poultry news: Moy Park restart and UFU-CAFRE conference
Moy Park to re-start processing line at Ballymena and poultry conference set for Greenmount.
Beef factories fear new-year supply shortages
With record kills in recent weeks, all indications point to finished cattle numbers being very tight in the first quarter of 2023.
‘It’s not just about death; it's about the dreams you had’
As part of our series on loss and love, Jeni Pim shares her journey through grief after the death of her husband Nigel from COVID in January 2021, writes Maria Moynihan
Let the festivities begin
For many, this week marks the beginning of the festive season. Neven Maguire is here with some great, easy recipes for entertaining.
Remembering Vicky Phelan
The best way to honour Vicky is to look after ourselves actively and responsibly, writes Katherine O’Leary.
Dolly Buckley’s Christmas guide to fabulous beauty gifts
From stocking fillers to treats to spoil and splurge, Dolly Buckley has your Christmas beauty gifts sorted