Foodwise Targets Dependent On Brexit Outcome – IFA

Speaking at today’s major conference on the Foodwise 2025 strategy for the agri-food sector, IFA President Joe Healy said the achievement of the 2025 targets would be very dependent on what happens in the Brexit talks over the coming days.   Joe Healy, a panellist at today’s conference, said, “This strategy and the targets it […]

IFA To Intensify Campaign For Fodder Scheme At Major Meeting

IFA President Joe Healy has said the deepening fodder problems will have to be addressed by the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed. The fodder crisis will be discussed at a major IFA meeting in Claremorris, Co. Mayo.   Joe Healy has called on Minister Creed to indicate that he will introduce a scheme. He said […]

Heritage Bill Proposals Will Allow For Better Land Management – IFA

The Heritage Bill proposals to extend the periods during which hedge-cutting and gorse burning are permitted should be supported to allow farmers necessary flexibilities to properly manage hedgerows and uplands, IFA National Hill Chairman Pat Dunne told the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht today (Wed).   Pat Dunne said, “Farmers understand […]

CAP 2020 – Increased Funding Essential – IFA

Responding to today’s address from Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan on the Future of Food and Farming, IFA President Joe Healy said an increased budget is essential for the future CAP to be effective and to ensure a supply of safe, sustainably produced food for European consumers.   Joe Healy said “If we don’t have farmers, […]

Poor Monitoring of Private Water Supplies Putting People’s Health At Risk – EPA

One fifth of people in Ireland get their drinking water from private water supplies. In 2016, boil water notices were imposed on 126 private water supplies, affecting a population of over 7,000 people. Local authority monitoring and enforcement of private water supplies is not adequate.  Many local authorities did not monitor all supplies in their […]

More Beef Price Increases – IFA

IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said the beef trade is driving on, with factories paying more to get cattle to meet strong Christmas demand. He said factories are paying up to €3.90 base on steers and €4.00/kg base on heifers is much more common.   Angus Woods said farmers with suitable stock should dig […]

Fodder Scheme Urgently Needed – IFA

IFA President Joe Healy said the deepening fodder problems will have to be addressed by the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed. He said the blasé response from the Minister in the Dáil during a debate on the matter was wholly inadequate.   Joe Healy said, “From what we have seen on the ground, including when […]

National Seminar on Snail Farming Crawls into Tullamore

National Snail Faming Seminar will take place in The Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore, Co Offaly on the 20th and 21st of November 2017 Experienced international snail farming speakers from Greece, Spain and Lithuania Meet Irelands newest snail farmers Q & A session with Irelands older snail farmers The National Organic Training Skillnet working in conjunction […]

Dept. Of Transport Agrees Full Re-Think On Tractor Testing

IFA today (Wed) secured a commitment from the Department of Transport that there will be full negotiation with the IFA and other key stakeholders ahead of the implementation of any aspects of a roadworthiness test for tractors.   Earlier this year, when IFA raised farmers’ concerns on the issue, Minister for Transport Shane Ross gave a clear commitment […]

Lamb Prices Rising – IFA

  Speaking at an IFA Sheep Committee meeting in Dublin, National Chairman John Lynskey said lamb prices have improved this week with €4.75/kg widely available and some top prices of €4.80/kg paid.   John Lynskey called for the carcase weights to increase to 23kgs from November 1st. He said some deals have already moved up […]

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