Tipperary Farmers Asked To Remain Vigilant For Water Pollution

Inland Fisheries Ireland has issued an appeal to farmers in Tipperary to remain vigilant during the summer months when harvesting silage and spreading slurry to avoid water pollution and the loss of nutrients to water. There were 31 separate fish kills across the country last year, with eight of those directly attributable to agricultural activities. […]

Interests Of Irish Farmers At Risk In Brexit Negotiations – Former EEC Campaigner Claims

Farmers, fishermen, food producers and exporters generally should pressure Government to open direct negotiations with Britain to agree post-Brexit arrangements that would be exclusively in the interests of our two countries and not leave matters to EU negotiators whose awareness of our special needs may not be as good as it should be. The suggestion […]

Stay Safe With Livestock

The Farm Safety Week team is challenging farmers to think about improving livestock handling systems to make them safer and more efficient.   Many farmers never stop to consider why animals behave as they do and, more importantly, what this behaviour could mean to their personal safety. Animal-handling practices are often learned from watching others […]

Farmers Urged To Make Their Farms Safer Places To Work And Live

The start of the fifth annual Farm Safety Week UK & Ireland is an initiative led by the IFA in Ireland, aiming to reduce the number of accidents on farms that continue to give farming the poorest safety record of any occupation in the country.   Farm Safety Week is supported by a number of […]

Farmers join Environmentalists To Back Bill To Ban Fracking

As an Oireachtas Committee began hearings on a draft law to ban fracking, today the IFA is joining local groups, environmentalists, water specialists and student campaigners to call for the Bill to be passed without delay.  Hildegarde Naughton TD, the Chair of Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action, received a petition from the groups, signed by […]

Rural Ireland must not become a carcass for US Vulture Funds

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has expressed his deep concern at reports that US based Cerberus Capital Management is set to ramp up repossessions of several hundred farms in rural Ireland. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the Irish Independent Farming Section broke the news that that as many as 200 farmers may be affected since the […]

Minister Creed Must Address Sluggish GLAS Payout – IFA

IFA Rural Development Chairman, Joe Brady has described the pay-out of GLAS payments to farmers to date as sluggish, and called on the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to ensure that all 38,000 farmers are now paid the promised 85% payment without any further delay.   Joe Brady said that while the commencement of GLAS […]

Major IFA Rally To Protect ANCs Taking Place On Friday

IFA is organising a major rally in the Bush Hotel Carrick-on-Shannon on Friday 2nd December at 8pm to highlight the importance of Areas of Natural Constraint (ANCs) payments and to improve payments and protect areas in the upcoming 2017 Review of ANCs.   IFA Connacht Regional Chairman Padraic Joyce, said that it is vitally important […]

Farmers, Friars and Frontiers: the archaeology of the Ballyhoura Hills

An exciting travelling exhibition outlining archaeological research in the Ballyhoura Hills area was launched yesterday, Tuesday 19 March, in Kilmallock Library. The exhibition focuses on Bronze Age farmers, Iron Age frontiers and the medieval friars, reflecting the research projects carried out in the area by The Discovery Programme: Centre for Archaeology and Innovation. The Discovery […]

Even Without May Price Cuts, €7000 Comes Off A Commercial Farmer’s May Milk Margin

IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary said an IFA case study has shown that a producer who started out with 400,000l output in 2013 and increased his production in line with national output growth to date would, even assuming no further milk price cut, lose €7,181 from his May milk margin compared with May […]

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