Updated: 22/11/16 : 07:22:38
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Teagasc praised for services to farming – MEP

Despite continuous reduction in funding and staffing Teagasc had continued to provide the exceptional advisory and educational services necessary to support farmers as they seek sustainability in an increasingly challenging environment.This was the view expressed by Independent MEP Marian Harkin when she presented graduation certificates to participants in the Green Cert programme in Donegal town on Friday, November 18th.She said [...]  Read More...

Updated: 22/11/16 : 07:27:22
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Cattle prices must rise with Sterling shift

IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said there is a significant change in the cattle trade with much tighter supplies, a positive shift in sterling and very strong Christmas demand. He said the base price for steers and heifers has increased, with €3.70/3.75 for steers and €3.80/3.85 for heifers. Angus Woods said farmers are digging in and demanding more for their cattle, which in turn is leaving many factories with very tight [...]  Read More...

Updated: 22/11/16 : 07:31:42
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Strong commitment to EU/UK trading must be shown

IFA President Joe Healy has urged a strong commitment on both sides to achieve a positive trading relationship in exit negotiations between the EU and the UK. Speaking at a Business Forum on Brexit in Monaghan, Joe Healy said strong leadership is necessary and the relationship between Ireland and the UK must be leveraged to minimise economic disruption arising from the Brexit vote and to achieve a positive and sustainable outcome to UK [...]  Read More...

Updated: 22/11/16 : 07:35:09
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IFA welcomes TAMS sheep fencing clarification

IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has welcomed clarification on the TAMS Sheep Fencing Scheme, which will allow the acceptance of most of the farmers who had received rejection letters over the past number of weeks. It has been clarified that farmers must show proof that a minimum of either 40 ewes or store lambs are on their holding before they will receive approval for payment under the TAMS II sheep fencing scheme. [...]  Read More...

Updated: 22/11/16 : 07:39:26
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Income crisis in livestock sector must be addressed

IFA President Joe Healy told Agriculture Minister Michael Creed and the meat factories that the income crisis on livestock farms must be addressed and profitable beef farming is essential for the development of the Irish beef sector. Joe Healy was speaking at a meeting of the Beef Forum chaired by Minister Creed. The IFA President said, “Growing output alone, without improving incomes on livestock farms is an unsustainable strategy for [...]  Read More...