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Investigations are ongoing into a farm fatality which took place earlier this month, according to An Garda Síochána. The incident, which took place in Co. Wicklow, occurred on Thursday, April 11, at approximately 12:15pm where a farmer was knocked unconscious while tending to cattle. The man was airlifted to ...
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While some were out enjoying the sun during the Easter bank holiday weekend, one agri contractor sent his slurry equipment to help put out fires in the west of Co. Donegal. Based in Ramelton, Co. Donegal, Bobby Doherty Agri Contracting answered the call for help from his fellow countymen ...
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Last week, Wicklow Uplands Council’s Sustainable Uplands Agri-environment Scheme (SUAS) project hosted a field trip for a delegation of 60 participants from 22 of the EU’s member states. A statement from the Wicklow Uplands Council explained that the delegates were keen to learn and observe first-hand, the workings of the Wicklow and Dublin uplands-based European Innovation Partnership (...
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The much-publicised Dublin2Mayo tractor run took place under sun-drenched skies this weekend. AgriLand was there – to film the action as it unfolded. John W Anderson spoke to organisers and participants (one of whom ...
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A total number of 35,245 beef cattle were processed during the week ending April 14 – a 157 head decrease on the week before. Again, this week, there seems to be more of an appetite for factory-ready cattle. Beef factories are quick to quote prices of 375c/kg for steers and 385c/kg for heifers. From speaking with beef ...
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The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has announced its intention to stage a protest against AIB’s inclusion of certain farmer loans in a recent sale of loans. The IFA will tomorrow, Wednesday, April 24, have a presence outside the AIB’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Dublin. The protest will begin at 11:00am tomorrow morning.
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The much-improved market conditions in the pig trade on both the domestic and export fronts – particularly into the Chinese market – will continue to “drive on demand and pig price will follow its current upward trend,” it has been outlined. After the dust has settled on the Easter weekend, all pig factories have risen their official quotes by ...
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The Beef Plan Movement has announced a restructuring of its organisation to better represent all counties and regions. In a statement, the association revealed that it has restructured its national committee to ensure that all regions and counties are represented and confirm that “farmers’ voices are clearly heard” at a national level. The regions also ...
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Aurivo, the “globally-focused” agribusiness headquartered in the north-west of Ireland, has presented a cheque worth €40,000 to Down Syndrome Ireland. Commenting on the presentation, Aaron Forde, Aurivo CEO said: “Aurivo was delighted to partner with Down Syndrome Ireland in 2018 where we supported its branches in Leitrim, west Cavan, Sligo and Roscommon. “As we look forward to ...
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EU parliamentary candidate Peter Casey has recently highlighted that “the bad news for farmers is that many are only subsisting”. The Co. Donegal businessman who ran for President of Ireland in 2018 noted that, last year, average farm incomes declined by 15%. The former Dragons’ Den personality has also said that he is committed to “winning a ...
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Milk cooling is one of the highest energy uses on a dairy farm and can account for up to 40% of the farm’s electricity costs, followed by water heating at up to 30%. With the availability of grant funding through TAMS II and finance readily available, now is the ideal time to be making an investment in a ...
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Work permits for employees from outside of Europe in roles in the meat processing, dairy farming and horticulture sectors are three quarters filled, with meat and dairy permits almost completely full, according to Minister for Business, Employment and Innovation Heather Humphreys. The minister was responding to a parliamentary question from Waterford TD John Deasy on the matter, ...
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As the new Beef Environmental Efficiency Pilot (BEEP) continues following its launch in February, the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) has released a series of videos, detailing a five-step guide to weighing for participants of the scheme. Over 18,500 farmers have applied for the new scheme- which will see almost a million animals, between cows and calves, weighed ...
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Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Micheal Creed indicated this week that the imposition of limits on the distance fallen animals can be transported is necessary “for compliance with all animal, public health and environmental regulations”. Minister Creed expressed the sentiments after Fianna Fáil agriculture spokesperson, deputy Charlie McConalogue, asked him about the regulatory overview ...
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Sheep farmers should not accept the “unrealistic low-quoted prices” offered by the meat factories this week for lamb, according to the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA). Speaking on the issue, IFA National Sheep Committee chairman Sean Dennehy accused the factories of “trying to undermine the market at this key time of the year, when prices should be peaking”.
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