Farming

August 13, 2020
Elderly meat factory vets have signed waivers to not sue if they contract Covid-19

Vets over 70 years of age who are working in meat factories as Temporary Veterinary Inspectors (TVIs) for the Department of Agriculture have signed waivers to not sue if they...

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August 13, 2020
Just nine of 39 meat plant inspections were unannounced

Thirty of 39 Health and Safety Authority inspections of meat plants were pre-announced, with only nine made without advance notice to employers, the Dáil coronavirus committee has heard.

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August 13, 2020
Delays to Covid test results could impact prices - Meat Industry Ireland

Meat Industry Ireland has said it does not know if it can get results of Covid tests within 24 hours, but warned that delays in test results could impact prices.

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August 13, 2020
Meat factory workers 'petrifed' of catching Covid-19

Meat factory workers are "petrifed" of catching Covid-19 according to Greg Ennis of Siptu.

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August 13, 2020
There is a human price to pay for the cheap food we demand on our plates

It's 20 years since Naomi Klein's bestseller No Logo brought the idea of sweatshops and branding to the masses. It highlighted how on the one hand brands and celebrities are...

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August 13, 2020
There is a human price to pay for the cheap food we demand on our plates

It's 20 years since Naomi Klein's bestseller No Logo brought the idea of sweatshops and branding to the masses. It highlighted how on the one hand brands and celebrities are...

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August 12, 2020
Covid outbreaks af meat plants for discussion at Oireachtas committee

Covid-19 outbreaks at meat processing plants will be discussed at an Oireacthatas Committee tomorrow.

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August 12, 2020
Covid outbreaks at meat plants for discussion at Oireachtas committee

Covid-19 outbreaks at meat processing plants will be discussed at an Oireacthatas Committee tomorrow.

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August 12, 2020
Liffey Mills and dairy family pay €11m for 1,090-acre Offaly farm

Liffey Mills and a Leinster-based dairy family paid €11m for a 1,090-acre farm in Offaly, which sold at public auction yesterday.

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August 12, 2020
Rosderra factory staff walk out after workers brought in from another plant

Workers at Rosderra Meats walked off the job amid concerns about Covid-19, after staff were brought in from a sister plant.

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August 12, 2020
Earnings fall 25pc at Glanbia as it purchases Canadian company for €38m

Food group Glanbia has reported a 25pc fall in wholly-owned earnings before interest, tax and amortisation (ebita) of €85m for the first half of this year, as it purchases Canadian...

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August 12, 2020
Farm concerns as damning report claims funding issues threaten access to Fair Deal

Thousands of farm families could face being unable to avail of reduced nursing home fees, after a damning new report claimed funding issues threaten new admissions to the Fair Deal...

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August 11, 2020
Fair Deal funding issues could threaten farm families access to scheme

Thousands of farm families could face not being able to avail of reduced nursing home fees, after a new report said funding issues threaten new admissions to the Fair Deal...

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August 11, 2020
Glanbia holds milk price for July supplies amid 'fragile' markets

Glanbia has held its milk price for July supplies, paying a base price of 29.68c/L for supplies, amid what it described as a 'fragile' market balance.

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August 11, 2020
Farmers asked to wear masks in marts

Farmers are being asked to wear masks in marts around the country from today, as Covid restrictions are imposed in Kildare, Offaly and Laois.

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August 11, 2020
Beef exports at 'huge risk' of UK tariffs up to 107pc

Rising beef exports to Asia and the US will not compensate for the loss of sales into the UK market if there is a hard Brexit in January, Bord Bia...

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August 11, 2020
My Week: 'Every tonne of grass utilised is an extra €173 profit so it really makes a difference'

IT'S been a busy 2020 for Liam Hanrahan. As well as milking 180 cows in west Clare in partnership with his parents, he recently completed a PhD in dairy farming...

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August 11, 2020
New Holland bridge gap with hybrid harvester

The advent of the rotary combine in response to the need for ever more productive machines while keeping them a manageable size has, over the years, led to a division...

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August 11, 2020
Our sector can prosper if we act on Wallace report

Some of the findings in Professor Michael Wallace's report on tillage bear repeating: the tillage industry in Ireland has been valued at €1.3 billion, supports 11,000 full-time equivalent jobs and...

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August 11, 2020
Paraic McCarthy: an appreciation

On June 18, Kverneland Group Ireland was shrouded in darkness with the loss of our dear friend and colleague Paraic McCarthy, who will be sadly missed.

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August 11, 2020
Price cuts in Northern factories raise concerns

With so many empty spaces on our price table you could be forgiven for thinking that the sheep world had collapsed following the closure of Kildare Chilling last week.

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August 11, 2020
Revamped Claas Disco mowers hit all the right notes

Farmers considering replacing equipment for the next silage season may be interested in Claas' launch of a refreshed line-up of their Disco mower range.

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August 11, 2020
Revamped Ornua PPI index 'out by €550 per farmer' on July returns

Changes to the Ornua Purchasing Price Index (PPI) have undervalued farmgate returns for July milk by close to €10m, or by €550 for the average dairy farmer, according to IFA...

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August 11, 2020
Tax bills and divorce fallout the big succession worries for farmers

Beef farmers worry about tax bills for a successor, but dairy farmers are more concerned about the impact of a divorce on their farm, according to a new study by...

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August 11, 2020
Banagher factory faces new planning hurdle

Plans for a €40m beef processing plant for Banagher, Co Offaly face a fresh planning hurdle in the form of an appeal to An Bord Pleanála.

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August 11, 2020
Fairway to farming close to the capital

LAND sales close to Dublin city are a rare occurrence so there should be plenty of interest in an unusual property which has come on the market close to the...

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August 11, 2020
Darragh McCullough: Slick advertising has blinded us to the realities of cheap food production

To survive in the food sector, you can do one of two things: get big enough so you can afford to sell as cheap as chips; or develop a strong...

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August 11, 2020
Kilkenny farm guided at €11,000/ac

With Kilkenny land scarce on the market this year the auction - on Thursday this week - of an 86ac holding on the outskirts of the Marble City will be...

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August 11, 2020
Decisions made now can shape your flock for generations

The breeding season is upon us, and preparation for it is very important.

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August 11, 2020
Farmers can avail of Covid-19 tax break for 2019 returns

Up to €25,000 in exceptional costs and losses related to Covid-19 can be deducted from profits recorded in 2019 under new provisions introduced by Revenue.

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August 11, 2020
Grain growers stage port protest as row with Boortmalt escalates

The absence of a credible traceability scheme for Irish grain was blamed for the weekend standoff at Waterford Port which saw IFA tillage farmers halt the importation of 1,500t of...

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August 11, 2020
Jim O'Brien: Five months after surgery I am well and the indicators tell me I'm cancer free

A loyal reader made contact recently to find out how I have been doing since I had surgery for prostate cancer. He has his own difficulties in that area and...

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August 11, 2020
Margaret Donnelly: Are we willing to accept cheap labour as the price for our cheap food culture?

It seems the Government and the public will no longer tolerate meat plants remaining open while there are active cases of Covid-19 among workers in these plants. Nor should they.

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August 10, 2020
Meat processors ready to roll out reforms as fears grow over more factory closures

Meat processors are moving to introduce increased Covid-19 testing and overhaul factory working practices as the Government comes under increasing pressure following the partial shutdown of Kildare, Offaly and Laois.

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August 10, 2020
Drier than the Sahara: heatwave fans fire risk for French farmers

On a farm in France, firefighters beat down the flames that had turned a field of wheat black, but they were too late to save the combine harvester. Caught in...

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August 10, 2020
Pat Spillane: 'I will never forget my first meeting with the all-powerful Irish Farmers Association'

I get a sense of déjà vu every time I read a statement from either the GPA or the CPA.

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August 10, 2020
Beef Prices: 'Demand for cattle has not slackened to any great extent'

Having made numerous phone calls to factory agents and those close to the trade yesterday and over the weekend, I was left with a myriad of conflicting information, views and...

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August 10, 2020
Covid hits 'Woodstock for farmers'

If we were still living in the old normal, 50,000 people would now be partying like it's 1999 in a small Kerry town.

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August 10, 2020
Robin Talbot: An upside-down year takes another twist with stop-start conditions for the harvest

It has certainly been an upside-down year, weather-wise. In May, we had ideal harvest conditions.

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August 10, 2020
The financial pros and cons of joint land ownership for farming couples

Some years ago, I wrote an article for this paper where I highlighted some of the benefits of joint ownership of the family farm between spouses. In response, I received...

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