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Forget Brexit: the real challenge facing the Irish livestock industry over the coming months will be that of ensuring that the EU does not sign up to a Mercosur trade agreement. And there is mounting evidence that Brussels is keen to get a deal over the line, sooner rather than later. This development has the ...
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John Heslin is used to keeping several balls in the air. The well-known Westmeath senior footballer runs the family suckler farm in Mullingar, in partnership with his father, Peter. He works off-farm, employed by Teagasc in Grange, where he looks after the Derrypatrick research and demonstration herd, and he is doing a PhD. ...
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New guidelines to encourage bee-friendly farming were launched at this week’s Ploughing Championships by Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Andrew Doyle. Pollinators – our bees, bumblebees, hoverflies and other pollinating insects – have suffered huge declines in recent decades, with many now at risk of extinction, according to the ...
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With sales increasing every year since 2012, it’s very much a case of ‘back to butter’. One company well placed to cater for our growing appreciation for butter is Cuinneog, called after the Irish word for churn. “The business was established in 1990 by my parents, Tom and Sheila Butler, in the rural townland ...
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The wet weather of late is playing havoc on farms across the country. Farmers, especially those operating on heavier soils, have been forced to house cows. A number of farmers in the counties of Cavan, Monaghan and Roscommon have opted to keep their cows in by day and night in recent days. In addition, ground conditions have ...
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JCB played host to a major auction this week, consisting of used and nearly-new equipment – including loading shovels, tractors and telehandlers. The sale took place on Monday and Tuesday (September 18 and 19) at JCB’s facility at Lakeside Works, Rocester in England. All items were offered on a ‘sold as seen’ basis; no warranty was implied ...
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A new €86 million facility developed by Dairygold is set to cater for its members’ growing milk production levels over the coming years. Situated in Mallow, Co. Cork, Dairygold’s Nutritional Campus was officially opened today (Friday, September 22). Those in attendance included: An Tanaiste and the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald; ...
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By Siobhan Walsh Co. Limerick based company Samco was among the 1,700 or so exhibitors at this week’s National Ploughing Championships in the midlands. AgriLand spoke to Samco’s Robert Shine, to find what the prospects are for maize into the future. He reasoned that ...
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McHale Plant Sales, the Irish distributor of Komatsu equipment, has launched the Komatsu 931 harvester at this year’s National Ploughing Championships. The distributor explained that the harvester is the first in its class with a Stage IV / Final engine; rated at 251hp. Apparently, it can carry out the heaviest of tasks ...
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JCB has launched its new Teleskid 3TS-8W onto the Irish market at the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. This new machine is aimed at the agricultural sector, as its small size and telescopic reach is ideal for farmers operating in tight spaces. The Teleskid has ...
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Kenny Roberts milks a herd of 108 Montbeliarde cows under a spring-calving system in Coolelan, Rathangan, Co. Kildare. As it stands, 80% of his Coolelan Herd are pedigree registered; the remaining 20% are Montbeliarde cross. However, this hasn’t always been the case. Roberts, Chairman of Montbeliarde Society of Ireland, explained that he first started utilising Montbeliarde genetics ...
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State-owned company Eirgrid has announced the decision to replace the Grid West electricity transmission project with a “smaller-scale development”. The Grid West project was initially proposed in 2012 to connect large amounts of renewable energy to the grid. This was in response to plans to create large-scale renewable energy generation in the north-west of Ireland. According ...
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President of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) Joe Healy has been elected a vice president of the European farm organisation, COPA this morning in Brussels. Healy was elected as one of six vice presidents to serve with new COPA President, Joachim Rukwied, from the German Farmers’ Association. Healy topped the poll among the seven candidates.
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Engine manufacturer Cummins is working with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to develop a material to repair heavy-duty vehicle engines damaged by “extreme conditions”. Rather than replacing an engine’s cylinder head, the research team “scooped out” the worn section and used additive manufacturing – commonly known as 3D printing – to deposit a “high-performance alloy” that’...
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Colin Bell of Same Deutz-Fahr UK, which is itself a member of the association, has joined the executive council of the FTMTA (Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association). He was elected to the association’s executive council position at its AGM (Annual General Meeting). Bell is a graduate of CAFRE (College of Agriculture, ...
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