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As the grazing season comes to an end on many lowland sheep farms across the country, thoughts are now turning to housing the ewe flock prior to lambing. Some farmers will also include shearing as part of the housing routine. Shearing ewes at housing – in December – has a significant impact on subsequent ...
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Gardai are appealing for witnesses following the theft of an ATM from the wall of a bank in Co. Monaghan. The incident happened at about 3:00am this morning (Sunday, December 16) at a Bank of Ireland building on Main Street, Ballybay, Co. Monaghan. According to a spokesperson for An Garda Siochana, a digger was towed to ...
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An Offaly woman has developed a goats’ milk soap, sourcing natural unscented calendula goats milk from locally-based business Glenisk which is renowned for its production of organic yogurt and milk. Ann Marie Lawlor from Tullamore came up with the idea for Luna natural soap after she found that other products were not suitable for her son, Matthew, ...
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Irish Rural Link (IRL) – the national network representing the interest of rural communities – was in Brussels for two days last week, December 5 and 6, attending kick-off meetings of two new EU Erasmus+ funded projects. The first kick off gathering took place on the Wednesday on the Sustain IT – Sustainable Tourism Innovative Training –  in which IRL is one of ...
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Bothar, the Irish charity much loved by the farming community, has said that its recovery took another step forward in 2018 as it reached more of the world’s poorest people than it has in any year over the past decade, giving hope of a future to many. “It was a great year for ...
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Speaking at the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation’s (ICBF’s) Genetics Conference on December 5, the ICBF’s Francis Kearney highlighted that “we are not at the limits in terms of female fertility. Genetic selection is a key tool to help improve fertility at farm level”. In addition to genetics, “health, management and nutrition all play a key ...
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‘From little acorns mighty oak trees grow.’ That well known phrase isn’t a bad description of what happened to John Cullen’s business. John is a tillage farmer from Co. Wexford and in 2005 he set about adding value to his product by drying grain. He then began to buy grain from local farmers. 12 years ...
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Opening her presentation at the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation’s (ICBF’s) Genetics Conference, Siobhan Ryan of Teagasc asked the audience: “Why do only a handful of animals in a herd become tuberculosis (TB) reactors, even though all animals in the herd should – in theory – be exposed to TB?” Research trials Speaking about trial work ...
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Grain prices were in the green from early this week. The MATIF for March 2019 moved to €191.25/t on Thursday. However, as of Friday morning the December price was significantly lower at €191.25/t. Following the cancelled Brexit vote, LIFFE wheat price (January) improved on Tuesday, reaching £173.30/t and rose all the week. The weakening value of sterling was ...
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A farm family from Laois has shown true grit to reach the final of ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family’ on RTE One TV. The McDonalds from Ballyroan built up their strength on their 100ac beef farm on which they keep 60 suckler cows. They have also been strongly involved in athletics locally over the years. ...
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Ballinrobe was all aglow on Sunday, December 2 when the town hosted its third annual Christmas lights tractor parade, attracting a turnout of an estimated 3,000 people. Local business man Richard Burke, who came up with the idea, said that while people were a little sceptical at first, they were won over when they saw the spectacle the first ...
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Located in Meenoughter near Killeagh, Co. Cork, is Blackberry Farm, a ‘comprehensive’ equine centre covering approximately 20ac. It is for sale as one complete unit or in two separate lots. “Blackberry farm is an equestrian property with a high-class infrastructure, modestly priced at €300,000 and offers approximately 20ac of land in one block,” said selling agent, ...
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Now that cattle are housed across the country, winter is the most common time to see infestations with external parasites such as lice and mange mites. In recent weeks, some beef farmers may have noticed their cattle starting to scratch off feed barriers and gates; this is caused by an external parasite infestation. There are ...
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Using organic manures on your tillage farm isn’t as simple as just spreading and incorporating. Dermot Forristal outlined some of the challenges farmers can face when using organic manures at the Irish Tillage and Land Use Society’s (ITLUS) Winter Conference last week. Organic manures can benefit your soil, but farmers need to be ...
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A new study has been granted funding to investigate young farmers’ attitudes to co-operatives, co-op shareholding, co-op boards and possible involvement in boards of management in the future. FRS Network has been approved a research grant from the Golden Jubilee Trust to conduct research on the matter. Dr. Pat Bogue, of Broadmore Research and Consultancy, ...
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