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Farmworkers celebrate Tyrone victory… from the desert!

Two Irish farmworkers based on a dairy farm in the middle of the United Arab Emirates desert celebrated Tyrone’s All-Ireland victory in true agri style. Patrick O’Dubhair and Paul McElroy posed with alfalfa bales spelling out the team name to cheer on the O’Neill County. The victory at Croke Park marked Tyrone’s fourth All-Ireland title, […]

‘Farmers won’t be panicked into selling lambs at lower prices’

“Farmers won’t be panicked into selling lambs at lower prices, according to Sean Dennehy of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA). Speaking to Agriland about the recent cuts in lamb prices, Sean said that supplies of finished lambs remain tight and that factories’ tactics of pulling prices won’t panic farmers into moving them on in a […]

BEAM: Concern for penalised farmers over ANC payments

There are concerns that farmers who face penalties under the Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM) scheme may see those penalties applied as deductions to their Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) payment. The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has said that the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine “has moved ahead by deducting monies from other […]

‘Radical change’ on the way for agri in forthcoming Climate Action Plan

The specifics of what the forthcoming carbon budget and Climate Action Plan will mean for agriculture are still being awaited, but Minister Eamon Ryan said that “radical” change awaits the sector. Speaking today (Tuesday, September 14) as the Green Party held its two-day think-in in Dundrum, the environment minister said that while it will be […]

Dairy heifers cross €1,700 at Cashel Mart’s virtual sale

A ‘virtual sale’ of high economic breeding index (EBI) weanling and in-calf dairy heifers was hosted by Cashel Mart in Co. Tipperary last Friday, September 10. According to Cashel Mart’s Ray Hunt, the sale was “a huge success” and there was an overall clearance rate of 85% on the night. Hunt outlined: “We had online bidders […]

Nitrates and forestry on the agenda of agriculture committee

The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine will tackle the issue of proposed changes to the Nitrates Action Programme on its return to a full schedule tomorrow (Tuesday, September 14). The TDs and senators will also discuss ongoing problems in the forestry sector with representatives of the Department of Agriculture. In the […]

Government receives a C+ grade in first environment action ‘report card’

The government has received a C+ grade in an assessment of its delivery of the Programme for Government commitments on climate and environment action. A ‘report card’ published today (Monday, September 13) of an independent expert assessment of progress, commissioned by Friends of the Earth, was carried out by a three-person academic panel who marked […]

‘Appalled but not surprised’ – ICSA on sheepmeat mislabelling

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) has called on the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) to explain the circumstances that led to sheepmeat from the UK being mislabelled as being from Ireland. It was revealed last Friday, on foot of a Freedom of Information (FoI) request made by Sinn Féin […]

Meat accounts for nearly 60% of all greenhouse gases from food production, study finds

The global production of food is responsible for a third of all planet-heating gases emitted by human activity, with the use of animals for meat causing twice the pollution of producing plant-based foods, a major new study has found. The entire system of food production, such as the use of farming machinery, spraying of fertilizer […]