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Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin), in partnership with the Irish Farmers Association, is undertaking a comprehensive study of farm crime in Ireland.   Crime in rural Ireland is on the rise and it is now more important than ever to understand the experiences and attitudes of the farming community towards farm crime, the criminal justice responses […]
Posted: October 3, 2022, 2:52 pm
IFA President Tim Cullinan said the Department of Agriculture must provide flexibilities around the Sheep Welfare Scheme and Beep-s faecal egg testing actions. He said the deadline dates of September 30th and October 3rd for both schemes, respectively, are proving difficult for farmers as laboratories are under severe pressure because of the high volume of […]
Posted: September 30, 2022, 4:13 pm
Beef Update IFA livestock chairman Brendan Golden said market conditions for beef in our key export markets are favourable and justify a stronger beef price. He said the supply demand balance for beef is good and improving as supplies in GB dropped by over 6,819 in the past week with prices increasing by a further […]
Posted: September 30, 2022, 3:20 pm
IFA Livestock Chairman Brendan Golden said market conditions for beef in our key export markets are favourable and justify a stronger beef price. He said the supply demand balance for beef is good and improving as supplies in Britain dropped by over 6,819 in the past week, with prices increasing by a further 1.4p/kg. “This […]
Posted: September 30, 2022, 2:51 pm
Boortmalt have confirmed that the final average malting barley price in 2022 for the FOB Creil contract is €398.38/t. IFA Grain Chairman Kieran McEvoy said it’s a record price for malting barley in Ireland and a very positive outcome for growers. Last year’s price was €237.67/t and the price for 2020 was €173.73. However, he […]
Posted: September 30, 2022, 11:46 am
IFA Sheep Chair Kevin Comiskey said sheep farmers are shocked at the failure of the Minister for Agriculture to provide any additional support for the sector in the Budget. He said sheep farming is one of the most vulnerable sectors in agriculture and doesn’t have the financial capacity to absorb the level of input cost […]
Posted: September 29, 2022, 11:43 am
Poultry and pig producers have taken to the picket line at Aldi and Lidl stores in Cavan town today to highlight their anger and mounting concern for the future of the two sectors. IFA Poultry Vice Chair Brendan Soden said egg producers face closure because of the failure of discounters to give a fair return to farmers. “It’s […]
Posted: September 29, 2022, 9:51 am
IFA President Tim Cullinan said today’s Budget contains some of the targeted measures that IFA had looked for to address the challenges facing the sector. Read the IFA’s full budget report here. Tim Cullinan acknowledged the rollover of the fodder scheme and tillage schemes.  He said that the renewal of the Beef Environment and Efficiency […]
Posted: September 28, 2022, 3:18 pm
IFA National Livestock Chair Brendan Golden said suckler and beef farmers are not fooled by the Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue’s re stating of what is already set out in the CAP Strategic plans for the sector in his budget announcements. Brendan Golden said the additional €28m announced yesterday merely brings supports for suckler farmers […]
Posted: September 28, 2022, 2:43 pm
Retail demand and consumption remain stable and are described as similar to pre-pandemic levels at present. Many growers are now digging into stores. There are reports of very dry harvesting conditions in the south east especially and some growers are delaying harvest to avoid damage upon lifting. Demand for chipping varieties is strong with growers reporting calls from Europe for product. Queens have cleared […]
Posted: September 28, 2022, 1:53 pm
Prices reported as quoted or paid to IFA Members. Steer base €4.70/4.80/kg. Heifer base €4.75/4.85/kg. Young Bulls R/U €4.70/5.00/kg. Higher prices for larger and specialised lots. Cows €4.40/€4.90/kg. In-spec bonus 20c/kg for under 30 months and 8c/kg for 30 to 36 months. 12c/kg bonus for under 30 month steers and heifers grading O- and those […]
Posted: September 28, 2022, 1:36 pm
There was no change in Irish pig price last week. Farmers are now receiving quotes ranging from €2.06c/kg up to €2.16/kg from processing plants. The latest Teagasc cashflow forecast for the 12-month period of Jan 2022 – Dec 2022 shows that the average size family farm of 600 sows will be at a loss of -€356,250 […]
Posted: September 28, 2022, 11:25 am
Surging energy costs are putting farm businesses are under increasing pressure to become more energy efficient. Here are some simple steps you can take to make your farm business more energy efficient and resilient to rising energy costs. 1. Understand your energy use The first step any farmer can take to improve efficiency is to […]
Posted: September 28, 2022, 9:38 am
Beef farming community accelerates its access to vital knowledge to drive sector sustainability The BovINE project’s Knowledge Hub containing more than 400 posts of validated research and ‘on farm’ good practices has logged 2,000 visits by individual users accessing 25,000+ page views in less than a year. Through national activities, BovINE launches its awareness initiative […]
Posted: September 26, 2022, 7:55 am
IFA President Tim Cullinan said the Minister for Agriculture has to come clean on the Department’s position on how sectoral emission ceilings for agriculture will be achieved. His comments come after it emerged that the Department of Agriculture has been analysing the cost of a drastic cow reduction scheme. Documents released to The Irish Times […]
Posted: September 23, 2022, 5:11 pm
Beef Update IFA National Livestock Chair Brendan Golden said attempts by factories to reduce quotes is unacceptable. He said beef farmers do not have the capacity to absorb the production cost increases associated with cattle finishing and factories must be stronger in the market place to reflect this in beef prices. The IFA National Livestock […]
Posted: September 23, 2022, 4:33 pm
Market Prices Commodity  December 2022 Dried €/T   September 2023 Dried €/T IRL Feed Wheat¹ €350  310-315 IRL Feed Barley¹ €340 N/A Paris MATIF Wheat²  €345 €321 Paris Oilseed Rape² €581 €603 Paris Maize²  €337 €338 ¹ Source: Irish grain industry sources² Source: Euronext correct as of 22-09-22 MATIF wheat prices have risen again this week, the […]
Posted: September 22, 2022, 2:33 pm
Addressing the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture yesterday, a delegation from IFA Aquaculture highlighted the issue of input costs and licensing issues. Michael Mulloy said aquaculture operators and their businesses will no longer be profitable unless there are significant supports during this time of crisis to assist with spiralling input costs. Earlier this year the […]
Posted: September 22, 2022, 10:40 am
Soil is the most important asset on any farm. As grass growth decreases from September the amount of nitrogen (N) taken up by grass growth reduces.  Any N not used by grass is prone to leaching after rain especially in areas with free draining soils. To make the most effective use of the nutrients in any remaining […]
Posted: September 22, 2022, 9:31 am
Consumption and demand continue to return to pre-pandemic levels with the current cost of living crisis influencing consumption also. Demand of queens remains positive at present. Growers continue to prepare for harvest and somegrowers in the south east are now lifting crops. Recent rainfall has aided harvesting conditions. Reports from growers remain consistent that yields are much […]
Posted: September 21, 2022, 2:23 pm

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