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Bord Bia and Teagasc continue their series of farm walks this September and October, designed to highlight the benefits of Quality Assurance (QA) schemes and to provide guidance on QA audit compliance to farmers. The next events taking place are: in Whitegate, Co. Cork on September 26; in Tullyannon, Co. Donegal on September 28; and in Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath ...
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Day two of the National Ploughing Championships saw the trade arena closed to the public, due to ongoing (weather-related) safety concerns. The following pictures provide an indicator as to why the National Ploughing Association (NPA) resorted to this dramatic course of action.
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Northern Ireland Water was today fined a total of £80,000 for three serious water pollution offences – including an incident which caused a “major fish kill” in Co. Down. The fines were handed down at Downpatrick Crown Court after Northern Ireland Water Limited entered early guilty pleas on June 21. The company agreed to pay almost £13,000 in fishery ...
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The president of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association (ICMSA), Pat McCormack, believes that it may have been “wiser” to cancel day two of the ‘Ploughing’ earlier than it was. Day two of the 82nd National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, was cancelled due to unsafe weather conditions in recent hours. ...
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Organisers of the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, were forced to admit defeat earlier today, as they cancelled today’s proceedings. Last night it was revealed that the ‘Ploughing’ site would not open to the public until 11:00am today (September 19). However, after a series of meetings this morning, the decision was made to abandon ...
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The organisers of the National Ploughing Championships are considering opening the event to the public on Friday, Anna Marie McHugh confirmed on RTE Radio 1’s Today with Sean O’Rourke earlier today. The news followed the announcement that today’s event – the second day of the three-day extravaganza – had been canceled. Anna Marie said: “We ...
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One of the most eye-catching machinery exhibits at this year’s National Ploughing Championships (close to Tullamore, Co. Offaly) has fallen victim to Storm Ali – amidst fears over potentially dangerously windy conditions. Well-known (Dublin-based) farm machinery distributor Farmhand caught show-goers’ imaginations with its daring display, whereby an imposing self-propelled forage harvester and ...
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Day two of the National Ploughing Championships has been cancelled due to unsafe weather conditions, it has been confirmed. The news comes as Storm Ali sweeps across the country, causing severe damage in places. Weather conditions originally forced the National Ploughing Association (NPA) to delay the opening time of the event to 11:00am ...
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Boortmalt has announced a new fixed-price offer for malting barley growers in Ireland, the company announced today (Wednesday, September 19). In a statement, the company outlined that it is now offering €230/t for the first fixed-price offer for malting barley in 2019. Growers may fix up to 20% of their 2019 malting barley contract at this price ...
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The starting time for day two of the National Ploughing Championships has been pushed back to 12:00pm today (Wednesday, September 19), it has been confirmed. Speaking on RTE Radio 1’s Today with Sean O’Rourke, Anna Marie McHugh said that the start-time had been pushed back a further hour from the original delay due to severe winds.
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A tree has landed on a car in Co. Offaly this morning (Wednesday, September 19), as Storm Ali hits the country. The incident occurred on the Kilbeggan to Clara Road. Recorded by Gardai through the Garda Siochana Twitter page, the police force noted that one occupant of the car suffered minor injuries.
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Fianna Fail is set to launch a 10-point plan to address both the fodder and farm income crises at the National Ploughing Championships in the next few hours. It is understood that the launch will take place at 11:30am this morning (Wednesday, September 19) at Fianna Fail’s stand at the event in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. ...
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Irish dairy exporter Ornua is seeking the best and brightest university graduates for its 2019 graduate programme. The programme will see the company recruit up to 15 graduates to join the Ornua team around the world, which will bring the best of Irish dairy, on behalf of dairy farming families in Ireland, to 110 markets globally. The Ornua ...
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Lely, the Dutch machinery and milking equipment manufacturer, unveiled its latest milking robot – the Lely Astronaut A5 – to the masses at this week’s National Ploughing Championships. Prior to being launched in the Netherlands earlier this year, the robot had undergone extensive testing on 30 farms – amassing more than two million milkings. 2018 marks the ...
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Terra Soil – a significant collaborative research project – has been launched today by Geographical Survey Ireland (GSI) and Teagasc. The project was announced by the Department of Communications, Environment and Climate Action today (Wednesday, September 19). As part of Geological Survey Ireland’s Tellus Programme, Terra Soil is the first Smart Agriculture research output from Tellus Product ...
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