‘Farming for Nature Awards’ celebrating farmers across Ireland who are managing their land and livestock in a way that benefits nature

A new initiative has been launched which aims to source, share and celebrate stories of farmers across Ireland who are considered to be managing their land and livestock in a way that benefits nature. The national Farming for Nature Award is sponsored by Bord Bia and supported by a wide range of farming and conservation interests including […]

Mixer Wagon Rental Scheme Luanched To Support Irish Farmers Affected By Drought

Summer 2018 has proved very challenging for Irish farmers. Unpredicted drought conditions have resulted in extreme difficulties for farmers feeding their livestock, and many have been forced to incorporate a range of different forages and concentrates into their animal’s diets. In response to this, KEENAN is giving farmers who do not own or have access […]

Ress Scheme Announcement Welcome But Fails To Cater For Farm Scale Community Based Projects – IFA

IFA Renewable Energy Project Team Leader Tom Short, while welcoming the announcement by Minister Naughten of the Renewable Electricity Support Scheme said that the scheme does little to cater for the development of farm scale community-based projects.   Mr Short said, “The move away from feed in tariffs to an auction type scheme will essentially […]

Stronger Lamb Trade With Higher Prices – IFA

IFA National Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy said the lamb trade is stronger with supplies tighter and factories actively looking for lambs. He said price quotes are up 10c/kg and factories are paying €5.10 to €5.15/kg for lambs. He said the ewe trade is also stronger with up to €3.00/kg paid.   Sean Dennehy said a […]

IFA Says No Area Must Lose Out In ANC Review

IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has said sufficient flexibilities are available to ensure areas currently designated as ANC can be fully protected in the upcoming review. Minister Creed must give assurances to farmers that they will not lose out in the upcoming ANC review when maps are published later this year.   Joe Brady […]

Time For Action On Factories And Cattle Prices – IFA

IFA President Joe Healy said cattle farmers would have expected a lot more action from Minister Creed and the Government in calling the factories to task on the cattle price issue.   He repeated his call on Minister Creed to call in the factories and tell them bluntly to stop cutting the cattle price. “It’s […]

Government Must Halt Decline Of Ireland’s Tillage Sector – IFA

IFA Grain Committee Chairman Mark Browne has told Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed that the Government must halt the continued decline of the Irish tillage sector. Since 2008, the area planted to the main cereal crops has reduced by 67,500ha, which represents a drop of over 20%. This stark reality confirms that tillage must be […]

Farmers Need Drought Measures – IFA

IFA President Joe Healy has said urgent actions are needed to help farmers in the current drought situation.  “The current situation is unprecedented and is causing huge financial pressures on farms and huge stress for farmers,” he said.   “What we now need is real leadership from the Minister and our Government to assist farmers […]

Important To Maintain Momentum On Fair Deal Changes For Farm Families – IFA

IFA Farm Family & Social Affairs Caroline Farrell has acknowledged the decision by Cabinet to reduce the burden on farm families with the introduction of a three-year cap on farm business assets under the Fair Deal scheme. She said it was important to move this forward in a speedy manner.   Caroline Farrell also said […]

Greenways – Good For Rural Economy, But Not By CPO – IFA

IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has called on Kerry County Council and Transport Minister Shane Ross to halt plans to force through a recreational greenway in South Kerry by compulsorily taking farmers’ lands. Speaking at the launch of the Strategy for the Future Development of National and Regional Greenways in Moate, Co. Westmeath, Thomas Cooney said, “Recreational […]

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