Offaly Farmers Asked To Remain Vigilant For Water Pollution

Inland Fisheries Ireland has issued an appeal to farmers in Offaly 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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

March Milk Price Cut By Glanbia Shortchanges Farmers – O’Leary

Commenting today (Thursday) on the price cuts implemented by Lakeland and Glanbia GII on March milk, IFA National Dairy Chairman Sean O’Leary said the the 1c/l Lakeland cut was undoubtedly disappointing.   However, the Glanbia cut left GII paying a price, at 22c/l including VAT before co-op and exceptional Ornua bonus top ups, 1.7c/l out […]

IFA Shouts Stop To Further Milk Price Cuts

At a meeting of the IFA National Dairy Committee this week, dairy farm leaders from all over the country called for an immediate stop to any further milk price cuts, in the face of severe cash flow challenges on farms. The Committee members will contact co-op board members accordingly in the coming days, as boards […]

IFA and Pieta House Provide Support to Farmers Through ‘Mind Our Farm Families’ Phone Line

IFA has been working with Pieta House since 2011 to provide information and support to farmers and their families through the ‘Mind Our Farm Families’ phone line and counselling service.   The 1890 130 022 phone line puts farmers who are feeling suicidal, or their families, in direct contact with a Pieta House trained therapist […]

IFA To Meet Ulster Bank To Address Farmer Concerns

In response to Ulster Bank’s sudden announcement that it plans to dispose of loans in its specialist loans arrears unit to undisclosed third parties, the IFA has sought an urgent meeting with senior Ulster Bank Executive staff.   The proposed disposal of loans are reported to affect customers who are outside current arrangements or in […]

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