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Waitrose supports struggling British pig farmers during crisis
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Waitrose supports struggling British pig farmers during crisis
British retailer Waitrose has vowed to step-up the price paid to farmers in order to help pig producers get through the current crisis. Waitrose will be implementing a base rate to ensure farmers are not left out of pocket with the falling pig price.  Waitrose senior agriculture manager Jake Pickering said the retailer has always had a strong sense of right and wrong, particularly when it comes to animal welfare.…
Farmers to receive advance payments of €4m in Organic Farming Scheme
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Farmers to receive advance payments of €4m in Organic Farming Scheme
One thousand farmers are being given €4m in advanced payments under the Organic Farming Scheme (OFS), the Minister of State for Agriculture confirmed. Under the terms of the scheme, farmers can qualify for annual payments of up to €220 per hectare during the conversion period and up to €170 per hectare when they have achieved full organic status. Minister of State for Agriculture, Pippa Hackett, said: “One of our clear…
Roman artwork discovered in farmer's field in the UK
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Roman artwork discovered in farmer’s field in the UK
A unique Roman mosaic showing a famous battle during the Trojan War has been uncovered in an English farmer’s field in Rutland. It is one of only a handful of mosaics found across Europe and would have formed part of the floor of a Roman villa.  Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England described the find as “remarkable”. Historic England believes the villa dates back to the third or forth century…
New vet prescription rules deferred until June 2022
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New vet prescription rules deferred until June 2022
Prescriptions for anti-parasitic treatments and medicated feed for livestock have been postponed until 1 June 2022, confirmed the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA). Hugh Farrell, ICSA animal health and welfare chair, said the new regulations that had been due to come into effect on 28 January next year had been postponed due to pressure from farm organisations. “We have also succeeded in ensuring that the prescription shall be valid for one…
Brexit seed ban could lead to shortage for Irish potato industry
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Brexit seed ban could lead to shortage for Irish potato industry
Post-Brexit ban on importing seeds potatoes from Britain could affect Irish famers’ ability to grow potato crops, the Government has been warned. Traditionally, Irish farmers have sourced seed potatoes from the UK due to a lack of domestic seed potato industry. Conditions in Britain help the growth of disease-free seed potatoes. Following Brexit, seed potatoes can no loner be exported from Britain to the European Union as phytosanitary regulations are…
Retailers urged to sell quality assured Irish pig produce
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Retailers urged to sell quality assured Irish pig produce
The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) is urging retailers promote Bord Bia Quality Assured Irish pig produce and support Irish farmers. IFA president Tim Cullinan said with Christmas approaching, it is essential that Quality Assured hams are available. Mr Cullinan urged retailers not to discount ham at a time when there is high demand among consumers.  He believes a substantial price increase from retailers should be passed back through processors to…
New app launched for farmers to report badger activity and curb TB
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New app launched for farmers to report badger activity and curb TB
A new app to report badger activity has been launched by the Minister for Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue, with the bovine TB Stakeholder Forum. Badgers are known to spread TB to cattle and the app, developed as part of the Government’s wildlife programme, will enable farmers to immediately report badger activity on their farms.  Farmers using the app will help the Department build its knowledge of the range and location of…
Turkey farmers on alert for bird flu outbreaks
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Turkey farmers on alert for bird flu outbreaks
The Department of Agriculture and farmers are closely observing flocks following a confirmed outbreak of Avian Influenza H5N1 in turkeys last week. With a month to go until Christmas, this comes at a difficult time for turkey farmers as flocks are yet not ready for processing. Also known as “bird flu” the disease is not thought to be harmful to humans but is usually fatal to birds.  Poultry farmers have…
UK farmers turn to glamping to boost income after pandemic
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UK farmers turn to glamping to boost income after pandemic
Since the pandemic more UK farmers are now renting out land for glamping to boost their income, new research has revealed. Diversification in the farming sector has become increasingly popular, according to Sykes Holiday Cottages, with the number of people looking to rent out glamping accommodations, including huts, pods, yurts and log cabins, rising by 56 per cent since 2019. Sykes reports a 45 per cent increase in glamping bookings…
James L. Murtagh - Creeve, Mount Temple, Co.Westmeath
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James L. Murtagh – Creeve, Mount Temple, Co.Westmeath
https://www.lslauctions.com/LotDetail-JLMURT-1347835 The lands are laid out in one large neat division, all in permanent pasture, elevated to the south with a gradual gradient to a natural water supply and also benefits from mains water. These lands would benefit from reseeding however are of good heart and located in an area noted for its productive qualities. The holding has good road frontage, enjoys breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside and is…
James L.Murtagh & Rea Te Potterton - Annascannon, Killucan, Co. Westmeath
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James L.Murtagh & Rea Te Potterton – Annascannon, Killucan, Co. Westmeath
https://www.lslauctions.com/LotDetail-JLMURT-1369535 This is a unique opportunity to purchase the very best of agricultural lands with valuable sand and gravel deposits and a geophysical survey is available on request, along with a legal pack – both available from the solicitors with carriage of sale. The auction will take place on Friday 26th November at 3pm in the Greville Arms Hotel, Mullingar & via LSL Auctions online To adhere to regulations, please…
Connaughton Auctioneers - Lisnagree, Caltra, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway
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Connaughton Auctioneers – Lisnagree, Caltra, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway
https://www.lslauctions.com/LotDetail-CONNAU-1411782 Prime parcel of lands comprising c. 25.75 Acres with derelict cottage standing thereon set out in two lots. The property is located on the Mountbellew to Caltra road, in much sought after area. The property is being offered for sale as follows:Lot 1: c. 16.65 Acres of excellent quality lands fronting onto two roads with derelict cottage and pen/ crush standing thereonLot 2: c. 9.10 Acres of excellent quality…
Murtagh Bros - Conlonstown, Ballynacargy, Co.Westmeath
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Murtagh Bros – Conlonstown, Ballynacargy, Co.Westmeath
https://www.lslauctions.com/LotDetail-MURTAGH-1425300 Conlonstown, Ballynacargy, N91 EF29, is a residential dry stock farm, c.1 km west of Ballynacargy Village. The propertyconsists of a spacious detached 4 bed residence and farm yard on c.81 acres of good quality farmland all in permanentpasture. The residence and farm yard would benefit from some improvement and the lands are all laid out in neat tidywell sheltered divisions. Directions:From Mullingar take the R393, continue through Ballynacargy Village…
James L.Murtagh - Reynella, Mullingar, Co.Westmeath
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James L.Murtagh – Reynella, Mullingar, Co.Westmeath
https://www.lslauctions.com/LotDetail-JLMURT-1300537 James L. Murtagh Auctioneers are delighted to offer for sale by public auction this c.8.5 acre residential holding at Reynella, Mullingar. The property will be offered for sale in one or more lots as follows; Lot 1: Residence on c.0.55 Acre Lot 2: c.7.85 Acres Lot 3: Entire This property comprises a single storey residence perched on c.8.5 acres. The lands are elevated, free draining with no waste whatsoever.…
James L. Murtagh - Gibbonstown, Mullingar, Co.Westmeath
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James L. Murtagh – Gibbonstown, Mullingar, Co.Westmeath
https://www.lslauctions.com/LotDetail-JLMURT-1334595 James L. Murtagh Auctioneers are delighted to offer for sale by public auction this unique residential holding on c.12 acres at Gibbonstown, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath to the market. The property will be offered in one or more lots as follows; Lot 1: Residence on c.2.13 acresLot 2: c.10.14 acresLot 3: Entire This attractive property comprises an old, traditional style dwelling with stone outbuildings, accommodation consists of kitchen-living area, 2…
Sherry FitzGerald Royal - Fraine Athboy, Co.Meath
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Sherry FitzGerald Royal – Fraine Athboy, Co.Meath
https://www.lslauctions.com/LotDetail-SFROYAL-1380923 AUCTION ON WEDNESDAY 24TH NOVEMBER AT 3PM IN TRIM CASTLE HOTEL AND ALSO ONLINE. Superb quality lands extending to approximately 38 acres with over 300mts of road frontage. The lands are currently in stubble and suitable for any agricultural enterprise. Ideal for residence subject to necessary PP. Located 1.5km from Athboy on the Ballivor Road (L8007).
Quinn Property - Ballyvaloo, Blackwater, Co.Wexford
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Quinn Property – Ballyvaloo, Blackwater, Co.Wexford
https://www.lslauctions.com/LotDetail-QUINN-1346672 Ballyvaloo, Blackwater, Co. WexfordValuable C. 27.8 Acre Roadside Holding With Derelict Farmhouse And Outbuildings For Sale By On-Line Auction On Tuesday 23rd November 2021 At 3pm (In 2 Or More Lots) LOCATION:The holding enjoys an excellent location along the coastal road between Curracloe and Blackwater, it is 3km from Curracloe, 4km from Blackwater and is within 1km of some of Wexford’s finest beaches, such as Ballyconnigar, Ballinesker and Curracloe.…
Farmers rally in Dublin to protest against carbon emissions changes
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Farmers rally in Dublin to protest against carbon emissions changes
A huge convoy of more than 100 tractors and farm vehicles disrupted traffic in Dublin on Sunday as Irish farmers protested against Government climate change plans. Organised by the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA), the protesters gathered near Government buildings in the city centre. The farmer group has accused the Government of providing “empty rhetoric and lofty targets” to help them meet the target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 22-30…
Search for Ireland's next Biodiversity Young Farmer of the Year
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Search for Ireland’s next Biodiversity Young Farmer of the Year
Applications for the new Biodiversity Young Farmer of the Year, are open now. Launched four years ago, supported by the National Rural Network (NRN), the award aims to showcase the need for sustainable farming and the importance of biodiversity. Seamus Boland, project director of the NRN said Ireland’s landscape and associated biodiversity are shaped by agricultural activities.  “Native fauna and flora under pressure and sustainable farming methods are essential to…
Teagasc's national beef conference to be held online this year
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Teagasc’s national beef conference to be held online this year
Teagasc’s national beef conference will be a virtual event this year, following the Government advice around Covid-19. The event will take place in December said a Teagasc spokesperson although a date is still be to be confirmed.  “The other main event that we were planning, which will now be a virtual event instead of an in-person conference, is the national beef conference,” said a Teagasc spokesperson.  When finalised, details of…
Farmers bid to overturn permission for wind farm
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Farmers bid to overturn permission for wind farm
Two farmers are seeking to overturn planning permission for the Derrinlough Wind Farm in County Offaly. The farmers are bringing the High Court court challenge against An Bord Pheanála’s plans for a wind farm. Grounds of the claim are the board’s decision is invalid as it allegedly breaches the Planning and Development Act 2000 and EU law in failing to consider certain matters. The applicants say no proper regard was given to…