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Beef Update IFA Livestock Chairman Brendan Golden met with senior Department of Agriculture officials last week in advance of the Terms and Conditions for the Suckler Carbon Efficiency scheme being finalised. He highlighted a number of issues that must be taken into account before the scheme opens in mid-March. “IFA has objected from the outset […]
Posted: February 3, 2023, 10:26 pm
Water Quality Agricultural Pressures on Water Quality  The main agricultural pressures on water quality are: According to the EPA’s report Water Quality in Ireland 2016 – 2021 , 43% of river sites have high nitrate concentrations while nearly a third of river sites (30%) and a third of lakes (33%) have high phosphorus concentrations. Nutrients in rivers […]
Posted: February 2, 2023, 2:10 pm
IFA President Tim Cullinan has announced that IFA will hold a national meeting for pig farmers in the Maldron Hotel in Tallaght Dublin next Thurs, 9th February at 3pm. The meeting is to be addressed by Minister of State Martin Heydon, Chairman of the Pig Roundtable, and will hear presentations from Bord Bia which will […]
Posted: February 2, 2023, 1:28 pm
IFA President Tim Cullinan said the farming community was in shock at the news that former IFA President Padraig Walshe had died suddenly today. “This is devastating news for his family. On behalf of the farming community, I want to extend our condolences to his family and friends. This is a huge loss for them […]
Posted: February 1, 2023, 7:33 pm
Prices reported as quoted or paid to IFA Members. Prices up 5c/10c/kg. Demand strong. Steer base €5.25/5.35/kg. Heifer base €5.30/5.40/kg. Young Bulls R/U €5.10/5.50/kg. Higher prices for larger and specialised lots. Cows €4.50/€5.10/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 […]
Posted: February 1, 2023, 2:36 pm
Retail sales remain unchanged this week, the food service sector should see some increased business with the bank holiday weekend. Demand for peeling stock remains positive with price holding strong. Early plantings are underway with ground conditions improving. Good progress should be made over the weekend if conditions allow.   In Europe, fresh markets are reported […]
Posted: February 1, 2023, 2:33 pm
Waste Management (Prohibition of Waste Disposal by Burning) Regulations  The burning of waste is controlled by the Waste Management (Prohibition of Waste Disposal by Burning) Regulations 2009. The purpose of these regulations is to abolish the practice of burning of waste, by making it an offence to do so under waste legislation.  A temporary exemption […]
Posted: February 1, 2023, 7:51 am
IFA Sheep Chairman Kevin Comiskey said the Department of Agriculture must take further action with the new Sheep Improvement Scheme terms and conditions. Following a meeting with senior Department officials, he said further amendments are needed if farmers are to avoid penalties. Teagasc has clearly outlined the importance of the targeted ewe payment in maintaining margins […]
Posted: January 30, 2023, 4:28 pm
IFA Poultry Chairman Nigel Sweetnam said the cases of salmonella in a small number of farms is devastating for the flock owners concerned. He said the affected flocks are restricted and there is no threat to human health. The authorities, including the Dept of Agriculture and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, are working to […]
Posted: January 30, 2023, 1:57 pm
IFA Livestock Chairman Brendan Golden said the Terms and Conditions of the new Suckler Carbon Efficiency Programme (SCEP) must not be prohibitive for suckler farmers. He said the scheme is a vital income support for suckler farmers at €150/cow for the first 10 cows and €120/cow for all remaining cows on the farm. Brendan Golden […]
Posted: January 28, 2023, 10:05 am
Beef Update IFA National livestock chairman Brendan Golden said the Terms and Conditions of the new SCEP must not be prohibitive for suckler farmers.He said the scheme is a vital income support for suckler farmers at €150/cow for the first 10 cows and €120/cow for all remaining cows on the farm.Brendan Golden met with senior […]
Posted: January 27, 2023, 5:45 pm
The terms attached to the Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS) need to be reviewed, according to IFA National Farm Business Chair Rose Mary McDonagh. Ms McDonagh said “as part of Budget 2023, TBESS was introduced to support businesses in dealing with increases in their energy costs between last September and next month, in comparison […]
Posted: January 27, 2023, 5:18 pm
IFA Animal Health Chairman TJ Maher has called on Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue to confirm his intention to honour the long-standing agreement on TB testing by announcing his intention to cover the 30 Day Pre/Post Movement TB Test, which is required under the EU Animal Health Law. “Failure to clarify the position in relation […]
Posted: January 27, 2023, 2:31 pm
Market Prices Nearby Paris MATIF wheat futures slipped to an 11th month low on Monday January 23rd to €280.00/t (Yahoo Finance). The spot March 23 MATIF contract recovered to €284 by Thursday 26th January. May-23 Chicago wheat futures dropped to a near 16-month low on Tuesday of this week (AHDB). According to market analysts, the […]
Posted: January 26, 2023, 4:29 pm
Changes in prohibited periods from 2023 The prohibited period for organic fertilisers starts 1st October for each zone from 2023 onwards Spreading Conditions  Buffer Zones The following table shows buffer zones for different water bodies.  The 5-metre buffer zone for surface waters increases to 10 metres for the first two and last two weeks of the permitted […]
Posted: January 26, 2023, 3:51 pm
There was no change to the Irish pig price Friday last with farmers now receiving quotes of €2.04c/kg up to €2.12/kg from processing plants in Ireland.  The weekly throughput figure for fatteners for week ending 22nd of January was 68918.  The average Irish pig farm continues to operate in negative margins. Teagasc figures demonstrate circa €14 loss […]
Posted: January 26, 2023, 2:08 pm
The IFA met with Coillte CEO Imelda Hurley and Managing Director Mark Carlin yesterday in the Irish Farm Centre to discuss the controversy over Coillte working with a private equity fund to plant forestry in Ireland. IFA Farm Forestry Chair Jason Fleming said there was a robust discussion. Coillte were left in no doubt that […]
Posted: January 26, 2023, 1:55 pm
IFA President Tim Cullinan said the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) has a critical role to play in assessing the potential impact further consolidation of the cattle and sheep processing sector will have on competition within the sector for farmers. He made his comments following the announcement of the proposed purchase of Kildare Chilling by […]
Posted: January 26, 2023, 8:38 am
Prices reported as quoted or paid to IFA Members. Prices up 5c/10c/kg. Demand strong. Factories paying 10/15c/kg above quotes. Steer base €5.20/5.30/kg. Heifer base €5.25/5.35/kg. Young Bulls R/U €5.00/5.40/kg. Higher prices for larger and specialised lots. Cows €4.30/€5.00/kg. In-spec bonus 20c/kg for under 30 months and 8c/kg for 30 to 36 months. 12c/kg bonus for […]
Posted: January 25, 2023, 3:11 pm
Sales and consumption are typical for this time of year. The cost of potato storage continues to reduce growers’ margins. Growers are encouraged to apply for the Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS) as the first claim period will close on January 31st.  However, it appears that some growers will not be able to avail of […]
Posted: January 25, 2023, 3:09 pm

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