New apprenticeships courses to include agriculture
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New apprenticeships courses to include agriculture
A new apprenticeship programme announced by the Government will include agriculture in a bid to tackle labour shortages across the country.  There will be 17 new apprenticeship programmes developed in 2022 and the plan is to create 10,000 apprenticeships in agriculture, engineering, construction, equine, finance, hospitality and food, ICT and logistics. Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research Innovation and Science, Simon Harris said the new apprenticeships will help deliver…
Jobs offered for work on New Zealand dairy farm
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Jobs offered for work on New Zealand dairy farm
Irish farmers are being offered the opportunity to swap work for a season on a dairy farm in New Zealand. Applications for the roles are being sought via Facebook by farmer Keith Manton, who is originally from Templemore, Co. Tipperary.  Mr Manton, a dairy farm manager in Balfour, New Zealand, is advertising on social media for two assistant farm managers and two farm assistants.  He is willing to take on…
Roman artwork discovered in farmer's field in the UK
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Ireland weather forecast: Friday
On Friday morning (New Years Eve), rain will clear northwards and the rest of the day will be mild and mainly dry with highest temperatures of 12 to 15C, in light southerly breezes. In the evening another band of rain will spread northeastwards across the country. Lowest temperatures of 9 to 11C, with fresh southerly winds, strong in some coastal areas.
Clarkson closes his UK farm shop for repair work
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Clarkson closes his UK farm shop for repair work
Former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson is to shut his Oxfordshire farm shop for renovations until March. West Oxfordshire District Council has ordered the Diddly Squat farm shop to close for repair work to the roof. Featured in the Amazon Prime show Clarkson’s Farm, the TV presenter was filmed on his quest to run a 1,000 acre farm in Chadlington.  Following the programme, the shop has become a huge tourist…
Church minister says apply biblical principles to Irish farming
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Church minister says apply biblical principles to Irish farming
Biblical rules of fair pay and fair trade should be applied to Irish farming, claims a Church of Ireland minister. The minister, who was raised on a dairy farm in Cashel, Co. Tipperary, has written about farming from a Christian perspective. Reverend Lester Scott said the Bible is clear that people should be paid fairly for their work and applying this principle means farmers should receive the minimum wage, at…
Ireland weather forecast: Thursday 30 December
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Ireland weather forecast: Thursday 30 December
Thursday morning will be mostly cloudy and mainly dry. Rain will develop in the south towards noon and will spread northwards through the afternoon and evening, heavy at times with localised flooding possible. Highest temperatures of 11 to 13 degrees with light to moderate southerly breezes, which will strengthen in the south later.
“Massive exodus” of Irish milk farmers
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“Massive exodus” of Irish milk farmers
Irish liquid milk farmers are making a massive exodus from the sector because rising costs during the winter are no longer covered by the premium, reported the Irish Farmers Association (IFA). Keith O’Boyle, IFA liquid milk chair, said: “Last year 20 per cent of liquid milk producers exited the sector. Escalating costs have eroded the profitability and sustainability of liquid milk producers.” “Since last winter, feed energy and fuel costs…
Ireland's soil carbon observatory to grow with €2.7 million funding
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Ireland’s soil carbon observatory to grow with €2.7 million funding
A €2.7million investment has been announced to expand the National Agricultural Soil Carbon Observatory (NASCO). Charlie McConalogue, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, confirmed the new funding to step up the carbon farming framework. The investment will be used to purchase additional greenhouse gas (GHG) monitoring equipment to increase the range and types of soil and land uses being monitored by observatory. Minister McConalogue said the new NASCO funding is…
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Launch of new LSL Auctions App
On 12/22 we launched our new App with a much more modern layout and as a complete tool so that you don’t miss out on your favorite Auctions and Marts. Designed to cover the needs of our users, it is much more intuitive and easier to navigate. In the new LSL Auctions App, you can find the main functions on the home screen and can navigate through the Online Auctions…
8,000 farmers face clawbacks under BEAM
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8,000 farmers face clawbacks under BEAM
More than 8,000 farmers are facing clawbacks when the Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM) reference period finishes at the end of the year, according to the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA). Brendan Golden, IFA’s livestock committee chair, criticised the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s (DAFM’s) handing of BEAM. “It has been an administrative disaster from the outset by the Department of Agriculture,” he commented. “The situation reached new lows…
Tractor to reduce its carbon emissions with bus tech
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Tractor to reduce its carbon emissions with bus tech
A tractor has been retrofitted with fuel-saving technology originally designed for buses. In a bid to reduce carbon emissions, a Welsh college is trialling the use of a hydrogen electrolyser, which has been plumed into the tractor’s airtake. The project by UK start-up Water Fuel Systems, claims the device can cut exhaust emissions by up to 80 per cent and fuel consumption by 20 per cent. Engineering lecturer Gareth Williams…
Carbon initiative launched on NI dairy farms
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Carbon initiative launched on NI dairy farms
A new programme to tackle carbon emissions in the dairy industry has been launched by the Northern Ireland Government. Led by the Dairy Council Northern Ireland and CAFRE, the initiative will start in 2022. NI dairy farmers can join in the voluntary programme of carbon benchmarks that has been established with the dairy companies.  Agriculture minister Edwin Poots said the carbon audits align with the Green Growth Strategy which DAERA…
BBC helpline contacted by lonely UK farmers worried about mental health
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BBC helpline contacted by lonely UK farmers worried about mental health
The BBC’s support service received more than 1.2 million phone calls and online visits this year after featuring depression and alcoholism among farmers. There were two thousand visitors to the BBC’s support page following an episode of Countryfile, shown in February which interviewed farmers experiencing economic uncertainty due to the pandemic.  A broadcast interview with a farmer, who had considered suicide due to lockdown, also prompted calls to the action…
Irish land prices one of the highest in the EU
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Irish land prices one of the highest in the EU
New data has revealed that the price of Irish agricultural land is the fourth highest in the EU.  Only the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Italy have higher prices for farming land.  One hectare of arable land in Ireland cost an average of €25,724 last year, according to figures published by the European Commission. The European Commission said land prices depended on a number of factors including climate, proximity to networks, soil…
IFA warns of CAP payment plan shock for farmers
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IFA warns of CAP payment plan shock for farmers
Payments in the new Common Agricultural Policy Strategic Plan (CSP) will be a “big shock” for famers, claim the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA). According to Tim Cullinan, IFA president, the proposed CAP does not strike the right balance between environmental, economic and social sustainability. Mr Cullinan said to ensure farmers’ survival, the Irish Government should have put more funding into programmes to support beef, sheep and tillage farmers. “Overall, the…
Ireland Weather Forecast: Wednesday
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Ireland Weather Forecast: Wednesday
Rain will become widespread tomorrow morning, turning heavy at times in the south and southwest.  The rain will clear northeastwards through the afternoon, with brief drier intervals. Further outbreaks of rain will push into the southwest in the evening. Feeling slightly milder with highest temperatures of 7C in the north to 12C in the south, in moderate to fresh south to southeast winds.
British farmers offered free methane-reducing supplement in pilot study
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British farmers offered free methane-reducing supplement in pilot study
UK dairy farmers are being offered a free methane-reducing feed supplement for six months if they share farm data.  Agri-tech company Mootral, which is a joint Anglo-Swiss venture, wants to use the data to show how the product can help reduce emissions produced by cattle and lower the carbon footprint of milk. The programme is open to non-organic British dairy farmers with over 150 lactating cows and there is a…
Glambia Co-op members approve deal
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Glambia Co-op members approve deal
Glambia Co-op members have voted in favour of a deal to buy the remaining 40 per cent stake in Glambia Ireland from Glambia plc. The €307 million deal gives the co-op 100 per cent control of Glambia’s dairy business which includes Avonmore, Kilmeaden and Premier brands. Pat McCormack of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association (ICMSA), said the new board’s competence will be based on the strength of the milk…
British daffodils will rot unless foreign workers allowed visas
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British daffodils will rot unless foreign workers allowed visas
Farmers are warning of a daffodil shortage this spring unless they can recruit pickers from the EU. Growers say up to 75 per cent of their crop could be left unpicked due to critical labour shortage, leaving smaller farmers forced to give up daffodil growing. Harvesting of the billion stems begins in the first week of January and around 2,500 pickers are needed.  James Hosking, one of the largest growers,…