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According to Blaney, its Bale Shredder has been designed to save time and money when feeding and bedding livestock – typically labour-intensive jobs. The company says that the machine’s large-diameter rotor enables faster bale throughput. The unit can apparently shred a bale (for feeding or bedding) in as little as two-and-a-half minutes. This, claims Blaney, ...
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The 2018 National Farm Safety and Health Conference will be held at the Dolmen Hotel in Carlow on Friday, October 26. The conference – which will take place between 9:00am and 1:10pm – is aimed at anyone with an interest in improving the safety, health and welfare of farmers and farm families. The conference is being hosted by the ...
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The announcement that Kuwait has opened its market to imports of Irish beef and sheep meat has been welcomed, with the demand that farmers must see a resulting dividend for it to be judged as a success. The demand comes from the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association’s (ICSA) beef chairman, Edmund Graham. The ...
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Advance payments under the 2018 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), including Greening, worth €732 million have begun issuing to approximately 113,000 farmers. The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, announced the news today (Tuesday, October 16). Commenting on the announcement, he said: “These payments are a vital support for farmers across the sector ...
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A report published by Wakker Dier, an animals rights group based in the Netherlands, has been branded “wilfully malicious” by Bord Bia CEO Tara McCarthy. Last winter, an undercover research team visited 13 cattle farms in Ireland on behalf of Wakker Dier. The farms – which housed cattle in slatted sheds – were reportedly located in counties Galway ...
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Farming in Cahir, Co. Tipperary, John and Maria Walsh – along with their three children – milk a herd of approximately 112 cows and attention to detail is central to quality milk production on the farm. The family were NDC and Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards National winners in 2017 – a testament to the extremely high standard of milk production on their ...
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About 30 freshly-weaned calves were “driven bananas” by fireworks in recent days in Co. Kildare, according to farmer Alan Byrne. The cattle had only been weaned a few days prior to the incident, which occurred last weekend. Alan had decided to keep the cattle in a field close to the house after weaning. A ...
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Achill butcher and farmer, Martin Calvey, of Calvey’s Achill Mountain Lamb, is one of six farmers shortlisted for the inaugural Farming for Nature Award. The award is part of an initiative which hopes to source, share and celebrate the stories of those farmers across Ireland who are doing great things for nature on their land and ...
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The spring lamb trade appears to be strengthening and stronger base quotes are available in some locations. Kepak Athleague is the first to budge when it comes to increasing base quotes. The processor based in Athleague is now beginning negotiations with farmers at 465c/kg +5c/kg QA (Quality Assurance) this week – up 10c/kg on
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Grain markets showed no major moves last week. LIFFE wheat for November dropped €1.35/t from the beginning to the end of the week, while MATIF wheat for December showed a rise of €1.75/t over the same period. Supply and demand estimates The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) released its supply and demand estimates last ...
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As is normally the case this time of year, weekly cattle sales are beginning to increase in marts across the country. And, although some pessimism has been aired about the prospects for winter finishing, forward store cattle – particularly steers – have led the way over recent days. Mart managers have noted that finishers are keen for short-keep steers ...
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Northern Irish farmers are reminded that the closed spreading period comes into effect from midnight tonight (Monday, October 15), the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has said. Commenting on the matter, a DAERA spokesperson said: “The closed spreading period comes into force from midnight October 15, and runs until January 31.” It is a mandatory ...
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A newly-proposed roadmap for the beef sector “put together by farmers for farmers” is making its voice heard on the Irish agricultural scene, according to those behind the recently-formed Beef Plan Movement. The authors of the ‘Beef Plan 2018-2025’ – understood to be an entity of farmers that are largely, but not exclusively, members of the Irish Farmers’ ...
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A tractor was stolen from a farm in Co. Meath on Wednesday night last, October 10, with its owner appealing for any information on the theft. The tractor – a John Deere 6320 SE, which was equipped with a post driver and loader with pallet forks – was taken from its owners yard in Kilshanroe, Enfield, Co. Meath, at 10:20pm on ...
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Police are working to reunite hundreds of suspected stolen animals with their rightful owners in north Yorkshire following a recent raid in England. More than 400 animals – including dogs, sheep, goats, rabbits, turkeys, ducks and chickens – have been seized as part of the investigation, and are being looked after in secure locations. Officers from North Yorkshire ...
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