New National Reserve for young farmers and new entrants in 2020

IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy said there will be a new National Reserve for young farmers and new entrants in 2020. He was speaking following a meeting of the Department of Agriculture Direct Payments Advisory Committee in Portlaoise today, which IFA attended. Richard Kennedy said it is estimated that there will be up to €3m […]

Growing Interest in Once A Day Milking

Interest in the practice of Once A Day (OAD) milking continues to grow.  The practice is sometimes considered as an option in situations where labour is in short supply, the farm layout means that cows have long walks to and from the parlour, or where reducing the number of milkings carried out is attractive from […]

10 Additional Walks Welcome Boost To Rural Areas – IFA

IFA National Hill Farming Committee Chairman Flor McCarthy has welcomed the announcement today by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring of 10 new walkways involving 238 farmers. He said the addition of the routes in the National Walks Scheme will increase recreational tourism in peripheral areas. “We want to see local development […]

Launch of the January 2020 Once A Day Milking Conference

Interest in the practice of Once A Day (OAD) milking continues to grow.  The practice is sometimes considered as an option in situations where labour is in short supply, the farm layout means that cows have long walks to and from the parlour, or where reducing the number of milkings carried out is attractive from […]

Teagasc National Equine Conference 14th November

Challenges and opportunities are to the forefront of this year’s Teagasc National Equine Conference which is taking place on Thursday, 14 November, at the Castletroy Park Hotel Limerick. Speaking in advance of the conference, Teagasc equine specialist Wendy Conlon said: “A variety of topics will be addressed including pre-purchase veterinary examinations, the potential role of […]

ONE HEALTH- Awareness to Action Antimicrobial and Anthelmintic Resistance Conference – Teagasc

Resistance to antimicrobials is one of the major current challenges facing the human population. It is estimated that by 2050, 10 million people will die annually due to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) unless major steps are immediately taken to reduce antimicrobial usage. A major scientific conference, ONE HEALTH – Awareness to Action, Antimicrobial and Anthelmintic Resistance […]

Government Paying Lip Service to the Development of a Renewable Energy Sector – IFA

IFA Renewable Energy Project Team Leader Tom Short accused the Government of paying lip service rather than supporting the development of a renewable energy sector and the circular bioeconomy that will create sustainable employment for farming and rural communities. “It is clear from Government actions that they are only interested in supporting mega wind projects […]

Mapping Ireland’s floods by satellite

The impact of extreme weather is once again hitting the news headlines in the wake of Storm Lorenzo (October 2019), with strong winds and heavy rainfall bringing coastal and fluvial floods to some regions. The impact from extreme events can be severe, as demonstrated by the floods in winter 2015-2016 following Storms Desmond, Frank and […]

‘Living Your New Normal’ Building your life to continue farming after an accident

On Thursday 17th October 2019 Embrace FARM, the farm accident support network, hosted an information day for anyone who wishes to continue farming after an accident. This day was organised in conjunction with the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoire. Several people come through the doors of the National Rehabilitation Hospital each year resulting from […]

Teagasc Announces Master Class in Farm Infrastructure

A new initiative which aims to support professionals involved in farm infrastructure development has been launched by Teagasc. The Master Class in Farm Infrastructure, which takes place on 15th November in Teagasc Oak Park, has been designed to provide professionals working in farm lending, accountancy, insurance, local authorities and other related professions with a working […]

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