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06 July 2016
View news from Ireland Irish Farmers Concerned Over German Post-Brexit CAP Reduction Ideas
IRELAND - Following comments by German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, who suggested substantially cutting the CAP and reducing the number of EU commissioners post-Brexit, Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association (ICSA) President Patrick Kent urged...
30 June 2016
View news from Ireland Brexit Vote 'Should Not Influence Milk Price Decisions'
IRELAND - With Friesland Campina now joining Arla in holding their July milk price, the Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) Dairy Chairman Sean O’Leary said Brexit-related concerns should not detract from the fact that dairy markets are now recovering...
29 June 2016
View news from Ireland Researchers Champion Clover for Milk Production Benefits
IRELAND - The results of research at the Teagasc Clonakilty Agricultural College show that incorporating white clover into ryegrass pastures has the potential to reduce costs, increase animal performance and improve environmental sustainability on Irish...
21 June 2016
View news from Ireland Irish Co-ops Asked to Commit to Holding Dairy Prices
IRELAND - Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary has said that milk prices paid by all co-ops have fallen well under production costs in recent months, so that most dairy farmers were now deep into the red....
16 June 2016
View news from Ireland Glanbia Under Fire After Milk Price Cuts
IRELAND - Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) President Joe Healy has criticised Glanbia Ingredients Ireland for cutting their base milk price, saying suppliers feel angry and let down....
View news from Ireland Scientists Find Reason Behind Cheese Blushes
IRELAND - Scientists at Teagasc and University College Cork have identified a heat-loving bacterium as the cause of pink discolouration defects in cheese....
09 June 2016
View news from Ireland Choice of Cow Type Drives Performance at Newford Farm
IRELAND - Hundreds of farmers gathered at Newford Suckler Demonstration Farm in Athenry, County Galway for an Open Day showcasing the achievements and learnings of the farm’s first full year of operations. The farm’s breeding policy is successfully...
26 May 2016
View news from Ireland Irish Farmers Call for More Support for Suckler Cow Herd
IRELAND - Speaking at the Newford suckler herd Open Day in Teagasc, Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) President Joe Healy said increased targeted direct supports will be essential to maintain the quality suckler cow herd, which is the backbone of Ireland’s...
24 May 2016
View news from Ireland Adding White Clover to Grass-Based Grazing Systems Increases Milk Production
IRELAND - Irish dairy farmers are finding renewed interest in white clover, says Michael Egan, a Teagasc researcher, writes Melanie Epp....
28 April 2016
View news from Ireland Irish Dairy Farmers Urged to Pressure Co-ops on Prices
IRELAND - Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary has urged all dairy farmers to be sure to attend their co-ops’ own AGMs to challenge their management team, chairmen and board members to deliver a sustainable...
18 April 2016
View news from Ireland Glanbia Price Cut Angers Suppliers
IRELAND - Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary said last week that, at a time when all dairy farmers have been receiving milk prices well below basic production costs, the Glanbia 2c/l March milk price cut...
15 April 2016
View news from Ireland Lactic Acid Preventing Irish Manufactured Beef Exports to the US
IRELAND - Figures released by the Department of Agriculture indicate that just under 700t of Irish beef valued at €6 million were exported to the US in the first quarter of this year, writes Eoin McCarthy....
13 April 2016
View news from Ireland Ireland's Ornua Suspends Dairy Farmer Milk Levy
IRELAND - Irish dairy co-operative Ornua has removed its monthly Ornua milk levy from the start of May, in recognition of the continuing global milk price crisis....
29 March 2016
View news from Ireland Farmers Warned Over Calving Safety Fears
IRELAND - Farmers have been warned to be extra vigilant when calving this season, following a number of recent attacks on farmers including one involving Kerry TD, Michael Healy Rae....
17 March 2016
View news from Ireland Glanbia Expands Support for Dairy Suppliers
IRELAND - Glanbia Cooperative Society recently announced details of a new €100m fund known as “MilkFlex” in partnership with other lending institutions such as Rabobank, AHDB Dairy has reported....
16 March 2016
View news from Ireland Dairygold Milk Price Cuts "Disappointing"
IRELAND - The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) National Dairy Chairman has said the decision by the Dairygold Co-op board to cut their February milk price was all the more disappointing when other companies in the country all held their price for last...
08 February 2016
View news from Ireland Ireland Looking to Grow Live Cattle Exports
IRELAND - Speaking at the Fier Agricola trade fair in Verona, Italy this week, the Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) Director of Livestock Kevin Kinsella said the prospects for the live export trade look much more promising this year. ...
27 January 2016
View news from Ireland Agriculture Minister Takes 'No View' Stance on Beef Merger
IRELAND - Irish Farmers Association (IFA) National Livestock Chairman Henry Burns said it is incredible that the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney believes he has no role to play and ‘cannot get involved in’ the proposed investment by ABP in...
19 January 2016
View news from Ireland Irish Beef Farmers Urged to Stand Up to Factories on Prices
IRELAND - Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) National Livestock Chairman Henry Burns said the factories are attempting to erode confidence in the beef trade by threatening price and weight cuts to try and force out scarce supplies of cattle....
14 January 2016
View news from Ireland Ireland's Food and Drink Exports Continue to Grow
IRELAND - In 2015 it is estimated that the value of Irish food and drink exports increased by 3 per cent to exceed €10.8 billion for the first time....
11 January 2016
View news from Ireland Biggest Ever Cattle Genotyping Project to Help Breed Better Animals
IRELAND - The Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) has appointed Weatherbys Ireland DNA Laboratory working in conjunction with Eurofins Genomics to test one million cattle samples over the next 2 years....
06 January 2016
View news from Ireland Dairy Farmers Warned Against Market Prediction Pessimism
IRELAND - Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary has that pessimistic market predictions from dairy commentators could have a damaging impact on farmers’ confidence, yet, as experience has shown, were as likely...
05 January 2016
View news from Ireland Farmers Urged to Prioritise Safety in 2016
IRELAND - Irish research organisation Teagasc has warned farmers to to improve safety in the New Year, as the start of January brings increased risk....
16 December 2015
View news from Ireland Beef, Sheep Farmers Question Extra Dairy, Pig Support
IRELAND - Irish cattle and sheep association (ICSA) president Patrick Kent is asking Minister Coveney to explain why national funds were diverted to add to an EU rescue package for dairy and pig farmers. ...
15 December 2015
View news from Ireland EU-Mercosur Trade Deal 'Would Damage Beef Trade'
IRELAND - Reacting to reports of a push from the EU Commission to recommence talks on a Mercosur trade deal, Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) National Livestock Chairman Henry Burns said a Mercosur trade would be extremely damaging for Irish and European...
08 December 2015
View news from Ireland Most Nitrogen Lost from Grassland Not a Climate Concern
IRELAND - Newly published research into soil processes discovers that over half the nitrogen applied to grazed grassland soils in temperate regions was lost as environmentally benign di-nitrogen (N2) gas....
07 December 2015
View news from Ireland Ireland Look to Expand Beef Opportunities in Ghana
GHANA - Irish agriculture minister Simon Coveney has been travelling around West Africa on a trade mission, and last week he stopped in Ghana to look at opportunities for Irish beef exports....
04 December 2015
View news from Ireland Replacing Beef Herd with Trees "Nonsense Ideology", IFA Says
IRELAND - Environment Chairman of the Irish Farmers' Association (IFA), Harold Kingston, has described remarks recently made by environmental commentators that Ireland’s beef herd should be replaced with trees as “nonsense ideology"....
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