Soil fertility was stable in 2022, but Teagasc advises caution
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by Charles O'Donnell
2h ago
Soil fertility across Ireland remained stable in 2022, according to Teagasc. However, caution is advised going forward, particularly where fertiliser use is concerned. A recent review of 2022 soil test results show that, for the second year running, the number of soil samples taken across Ireland has increased. The largest increase in soil sample numbers was on drystock farms, which increased by 19% in 2022. There was a stabilisation in proportion of soils with an overall optimum soil fertility for pH, phosphorous (P), and potassium (K) on both drystock and tillage farms, while improvement wa ..read more
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Organic inspectors and other positions available in the agri sector
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by Rubina Freiberg
2h ago
There are several exciting and interesting jobs including organic inspector positions up for grabs in the agri-sector at present, which will be attractive to a wide array of skillsets. If you’re looking for a new challenge, then one of the jobs previewed in this article may be for you. To learn more about these jobs, including all essential requirements, salary expectations and how to apply for them, visit AgriRecruit. Agricultural consultants FDC Group is seeking to hire permanent full-time agricultural consultants to join its expanding national team. The roles are based in th ..read more
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The 640hp Big Bud is back – 31 years later
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by Justin Roberts
2h ago
The US likes to do things in a big way and nothing bigger has been created in the tractor world than the Big Bud 747 of 1977, which could cultivate an acre in a minute. It was a custom build costing $300,000 at the time, yet its production ceased in 1992 due to a recession and mainstream manufacturers catching up in the horsepower stakes. Joint project Now, 31 years later, the name is making a comeback with a company from Montana, appropriately called Big Equipment Company, which is building a new one from scratch with the intention that others will follow. The company is not totally alone in ..read more
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Salmonella concerns spark further recall of chicken products
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by Charles O'Donnell
3h ago
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has confirmed an extended recall of some batches of raw chicken products due to the possible presence of salmonella. Further to a recall notice issued last month, poultry product supplier Western Brand is now undertaking a precautionary recall of further batches of products, the FSAI announced today (Friday, February 3). Point of sale recall notices will be displayed in stores supplied with the implicated batches. On January 24, the FSAI announced an initial recall for some expired batches of Western Brand raw chicken products, also due to the prese ..read more
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UFU highlights need to retain sustainable arable sector
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by Richard Halleron
3h ago
A vibrant and sustainable arable sector must be retained at the very heart of agriculture in Northern Ireland. This is the view of Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) seeds and cereals committee chairman, Mark McCollum. “This is a message that must be communicated to both the public and livestock farmers,” McCollum said. “Arable farmers here continue to produce grain and protein crops of the highest quality. What’s more the carbon footprint and food miles associated with this produce is so much lower than that of imported alternatives. “Northern Ireland’s consumers buy-in to the principles associat ..read more
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Derrybrien: Ireland to pay €1.2m before infringement case closed
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by Rubina Freiberg
3h ago
The European Commission has confirmed the closing of the Derrybrien infringement case, the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage has announced today (Friday, February 3). Daily fines of €15,000 being applied against the Irish state in relation to the Derrybrien wind farm in Co. Galway will cease.  The commission considers that, on foot of An Bord Pleanála’s decision in February 2022 to refuse substitute consent, Ireland has taken all measures necessary to ensure compliance with the judgment. The final sum due to be paid by the state is €1,245,000 which covers the period fr ..read more
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2023 GWCT Big Farmland Bird Count gets underway
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by Michelle Martin
4h ago
From today (Friday, February 3) until February 19, farmers and land managers across the UK will be recording the birds they see on their lands for the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust’s (GWCT) annual Big Farmland Bird Count. The Big Farmland Bird Count, which his now in its tenth year and sponsored by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), aims to provide a snapshot of the health of the UK’s farmland birds. Over 1,900 farmers took part in last year’s count, with responses coming from every county in England, as well as Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and 300 responses also coming f ..read more
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Tillage: New norm for wheat prices could be around €300/t
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by Richard Halleron
4h ago
Wheat prices at around €300/t could be the new norm for the market, according to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). The organisation’s economics and analysis director, David Eudall, spoke at this week’s Ulster Arable Society annual conference. According to the AHDB representative, grain markets are very much dictated by supply and demand. But these factors can be crystallised into one very fundamental indicator i.e., the stocks / to use ratio. “Currently this figure is sitting at around 19%. This is an historically low value, which would point to the potential for ..read more
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New scheme to genotype national dairy herd on the cards
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by Brian McDonnell
4h ago
The national dairy herd looks set to be genotyped under a new scheme that will be introduced later this year if funding is agreed, according to Irish Farmers’ Assoication (IFA) dairy chair Stephen Arthur. Arthur was speaking on Thursday (February 2) at Carnew Mart calf information meeting. IFA dairy chair Stephen Arthur speaking at Carnew MartGenotyped Arthur told the crowd in attendance that discussions are currently being held with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) around the genotyping of the national dairy herd. Arthur noted that the cost of this scheme is currentl ..read more
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Opinion: Who came up with the idea of once-a-day milking?
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by Richard Halleron
4h ago
In my opinion, milking freshly calved cows once-a-day is akin to putting a thoroughbred racehorse between the shafts of a cart. I make this point because some people are recommending such an approach to dairy cow management on the basis that it has ‘labour saving’ benefits. To be honest, I am still trying to get my head around it all. Once-a-day milking Let’s consider the details. Firstly, a cow is genetically programmed to produce as much milk as she can in the days after calving. And any steps taken to prevent this from happening will have one – and only one – outcome. The animal may never ..read more
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