IFA Meets Agricultural Development Board On Brexit Impact For Sheep

IFA National Sheep Chairman John Lynskey said the lamb trade has settled this week with supplies back following the Eid festival, and factories are paying €4.85 to €4.95/kg to get lambs.   He said top prices of up to €5.00/kg were paid. On weights, he said more farmers were securing weights to 22kgs and a […]

AgTech Symposium in the South East highlights major strengths and opportunities where Agriculture and Technology collide!

The Local Enterprise Offices of the South East Region, including Tipperary, Kilkenny, Carlow, Wexford and Waterford, coordinated a forward thinking AgTech Symposium held in Thurles on Thursday. The inaugural Agricultural Technology initiative has been funded under the Action Plan for Jobs LEO Competitive Funds. Other key stakeholders involved in the event include Enterprise Ireland, Teagasc, The […]

Birdhill Firm Appoints Zetor And Merlo Sales Representative

Farm and construction machinery distributors, McHale Plant Sales of Birdhill, has appointed Gerry Rabbitte sales representative countrywide for Zetor tractors and Merlo telehandlers.   From Athenry, Gerry’s family background is steeped in hurling history. Coupled with having played for the Galway minors himself in the mid-1980s, he is the brother of well-known former Galway senior hurling […]

Important information for Farmers considering Solar.

530 Utility Scale Solar Photovoltaic’s (USSPV) or Commercial Solar Farms have sought connections onto the Irish Grid up to Jan 2017; the total MegaWatt (MW) size is 5,215 MW, covering approx 26,000 Acres. What should the Irish Farmer be looking out for when contemplating Solar? CAP subsidy or Basic Payment system (BPS). Any Agricultural land […]

Failure To Communicate Brexit Strategy Adding To Uncertainty – McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said that the government is failing to effectively communicate it’s post Brexit strategy. Deputy McGrath was speaking after he attended a national discussion on the implications of the Brexit vote at Dublin Castle: “We are constantly hearing that the government is constructing and implementing various strands of a post Brexit […]

IIEA/RDS Report Confirms Irish Agriculture And Forestry Policy Needs To Be Climate Smart

Stop Climate Chaos has said that a new report on ‘climate smart agriculture’, published on Thursday by the IIEA and RDS, makes it clear that agriculture and livestock agriculture are major drivers of ‘dangerous’ climate change and that Irish exports do not contribute to solving global food insecurity. Spokesperson for the Stop Climate Chaos coalition, […]

Solar Opportunity has Potential for Agricultire and Farm Incomes, but Questions Must be Addressed

The Government must provide more certainty on solar energy so that its potential to assist in meeting emissions targets and in improving farm incomes can be realised, IFA President Joe Healy said today at an IFA seminar in Portlaoise.   Although up to 15,000 acres of farmland in Ireland are under some form of solar […]

Transport Is The Theme For Day Four Of Farm Safety Week

Tractors and moving vehicles have claimed the lives of 30 farm workers in the past five years according to the HSE Health & Safety in Agriculture Report October 2015, representing one of the biggest dangers on a farm. Day Four of the fourth annual Farm Safety Week UK & Ireland focuses on highlighting the issues surrounding […]

European Parliament discusses impact of U.S. Trade deal on Agriculture – In Private! – Carthy

The Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West, Matt Carthy, has warned that Irish farmers need to be extremely concerned about the potential negative impact that EU trade deals with the USA, Canada and Mercosur countries could have on Agriculture. Mr. Carthy was speaking following a meeting of the European Parliament’s Agriculture & Rural […]

IFA Criticises Minister Coveney For Ruling 2,500 Farmers Out Of Second Phase GLAS

IFA Rural Development Chairman Flor McCarthy has criticised the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney for ruling 2,500 farmers out of the second phase of GLAS and backtracking on a commitment that he made at Budget time that at least 13,000 farmers would be allowed into the scheme.   Flor McCarthy said that with 11,500 farmers […]

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