French Travel Writers Pay Laois A Visit

Five top travel writers from France have been exploring Laois and Ireland’s Ancient East. They were here as guests of Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Ireland’s Blue Book.   Representing various print and online publications with a combined readership of more than 777,000 people – or potential French holidaymakers – the journalists were here to […]

Music Generation Laois Harpists Wow Audiences At Edinburgh International Harp Festival 2018

The Music Generation Laois Senior Harp Ensemble did their county proud last Wednesday 4 April when they played support to the virtuosic Scottish trad duo Chris Stout and Catriona McKay at the 2018 Edinburgh International Harp Festival. The Music Generation Laois Senior Harp Ensemble is part of the Music Generation Laois Harp Programme, which provides […]

Close Brothers Announces First Irish Sponsorship at Punchestown

Punchestown Racecourse has announced the news that Close Brothers, the leading UK merchant bank, is to join the sponsor ranks at the home of Irish Jump racing in what will be their first sponsorship deal in Ireland. The commercial partnership will see the banking group sponsor the Close Brothers Mares Listed Novice Hurdle on the Thursday of […]

RSA Pragmatic Approach To Delivery Of Ainimal Fodder Welcomed – IFA

Following representations made by IFA, the Road Safety Authority has agreed to “adopt a pragmatic approach when reviewing drivers’ hours compliance with driving and resting time periods” in respect of delivery and collection of animal fodder.   IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney said, “The measures have been working well for the last week and are […]

Protocol On Empty Tags Will Offset Difficulties For Farmers – IFA

IFA Animal Health Chairman Pat Farrell has welcomed the development of a protocol between the Department of Agriculture, BVD testing laboratories and tag supply companies, which will offset some of the difficulties associated with empty BVD samples for farmers.   Pat Farrell said IFA has sought the provision of this service for several months in […]

Cattle Prices Rising But Not Fast Enough – IFA

IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods has said that cattle prices are rising but not fast enough, and not in line with the price levels in our largest export market in the UK.   He called on finishers to demand more on price from the processors in order to make a viable margin from winter […]

Progress On EU Retail Regulation Is A First Step – IFA

IFA President Joe Healy will address the Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament today when the latest Commission proposal on retail regulation will be discussed.   Joe Healy acknowledged the initiative by the EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan in prioritising the imbalance in the food supply chain and recognising the vulnerability of producers in […]

Fodder Emergency Is Now Also Financial Crisis

Following an appearance by Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture this afternoon, IFA President Joe Healy said the Minister has to recognise that the fodder crisis on farms is not going away soon, and he must provide immediate financial support to farmers. An IFA delegation attended the Committee meeting […]

IFA Warns Co-ops: Don’t Kick Farmers While They’re Down

IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Tom Phelan has warned co-ops that they must not kick farmers while they’re down by cutting milk prices, but must instead utilise some of the strongly increased 2017 profits to show their understanding of the extreme hardship and stress levels on farms in the only way that will count for […]

Derogation On Three Crop Rule A Pragmatic Decision – IFA

IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed today’s Commission decision to grant a derogation on the crop diversification requirement for crop 2018. This will give growers the required flexibility to establish the maximum amount of arable crops weather permitting.   Joe Healy said, “Today’s decision by Commissioner Hogan is a pragmatic move, recognising the severe difficulties […]

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