Lakeland Dairies re-elects chair and vice-chair
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by Stella Meehan
10h ago
Co. Louth farmer Niall Matthews has been re-elected as chairperson of Lakeland Dairies. Niall Matthews was first elected to his role February 2021. He farms at Tully, Co. Louth, in partnership with his wife Juana, with their son and two daughters. He was re-elected chairperson of cooperative at the February board meeting of the co-op. Meanwhile, Co. Down farmer Keith Agnew was re-elected vice-chairperson at the same board meeting. Commenting on his re-election, Matthews said: “I’m honoured to continue in my role as chairperson of Lakeland Dairies and to represent the 3,200 farm families who s ..read more
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Krone defies ‘doom and gloom’ in latest financial report
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by Justin Roberts
10h ago
Despite all the tales of uncertainty and falling tractor sales, 9% down for January in Ireland, Krone remains bullish about the prospects for 2024. In the latest report on its financial position the company kicks off by noting that “revenue rose by 12.2% year-on-year to €4,720.7 million in 2023.” This announcement was followed by the reassuring news that “in the fourth quarter of 2023, order intake increased by 6.8% on the previous year’s quarter to €1,263.0 million”. “After the record in the previous year (€5,782.8 million), the contract value of orders remained at a high leve ..read more
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Strong demand for Speckle Park females at Ballymena Mart
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by Richard Halleron
10h ago
10 pedigree, in-calf Speckle Park cows as well as two running with the bull averaged £2,629 at a recent sale held at Ballymena Mart. All the animals were consigned by north Antrim breeder, Richard Creith. The sale topped £3,465, paid for a top quality a young cow. There was equally keen interest demonstrated in another young cow of a similar type; she made £3,202 in the ring. Three of the animals in the sale were purchased by Co. Mayo Speckle Park breeder, Pat Morrison. The Castlebar man is the current secretary of the Irish Speckle Park Cattle Society. Glen Crooks, from the Moy in Co. Tyrone ..read more
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NFU president: Politicians must ‘put a plan in place’ for home-grown food
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by Francess McDonnell
15h ago
The new president of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has warned that it is a “challenging time” for agriculture in England and Wales, but also a time of great opportunity. Tom Bradshaw, an arable farmer from Essex, who has taken over the role from Minette Batters, has also urged all political parties to “put a plan in place for home-grown food”. Bradshaw added: “Profitable production, and the stability and clarity which allows NFU members to plan for and reinvest in their farming and growing businesses will always be my priority. “This sits at the heart of delivering sustainable, high-qual ..read more
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GDT price index average down by 24% in 2023
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by Aisling O'Brien
15h ago
The average Global Dairy Trade (GDT) price index across 2023 decreased by 24% compared to 2022, dipping to a five-year low of 850 in August. The dairy commodity trading company’s annual report published today (Thursday, February 22) shows that $2.4 billion was traded on GDT platforms in 2023. The main milk powders, whole milk powder (WMP) and skim milk powder (SMP) accounted for 80% of the quantity traded. Last year, GDT trading events recorded an average clearance rate of 91%. In 2023, GDT events facilitated the trade of 708,997MT of products from seven sellers, across three supply regions ..read more
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French prime minister unveils new law to support farmers
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by Francess McDonnell
15h ago
The French Prime Minister has told French farmers that their “heartfelt cry” has been heard as he unveiled details of a new law today (Wednesday, February 21) to support what he described as “those who feed us”. As some French farmers continued their protests to highlight their frustrations and concerns, Prime Minister Gabriel Attal, also pledged to place “agriculture among the fundamental interests of our nation, just like our security or our national defense”. Speaking ahead of a major agricultural trade show which opens in Paris this weekend, Attal acknowledged that there had been a “c ..read more
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Job opportunity: Agriland seeks technical reporter
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by Agriland Team
15h ago
Agriland Media Group has a vacancy for a technical reporter interested in a career in media that covers the dairy sector. If you’re motivated, enthusiastic and have a good knowledge of the technical aspects of Irish farming then we have the opportunity for you. The successful candidate will have an agricultural science (or related) qualification. Additionally, some post-college experience (in industry) is desirable. The role will include working as part of a team in a fast-paced digital news environment. Do you have a passion for farming? Reporting to the editor, applicants will ..read more
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Dutch dairy co-op FrieslandCampina sees ‘disappointing’ results
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by Agriland Team
15h ago
Dutch-based multinational dairy co-op FrieslandCampina has said it has seen “disappointing” financial results for 2023. In announcing its results for 2023 today (Wednesday, February 21), the business announced a revenue of €13.07 billion, a decrease of 7.1% on the 2022 figure of €14.08 billion. This was accompanied by an operating profit of around €75 million, a fall of over 84% compared to 2022, when the figure was €471 million. This resulted in a net overall loss to FrieslandCampina in 2023 of €149 million, a decrease of 151% on its 2022 profit of €292 million. The business’ guaranteed milk ..read more
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CNH invests in drone mapping with Brazilian company
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by Justin Roberts
23h ago
Tractor manufacturers, such as CNH, are finding that there are two ways in which they might increase the digital technology they offer. The first is to develop it internally, while the second is to bolt it on by investment in start-ups or other small I.T companies with an idea. CNH has chosen the second route and continues to strengthen its digital portfolio through its investment arm, CNH Ventures taking a minority stake in Bem Agro, a Brazilian start-up and existing supplier to CNH. Bem Agro has created software to convert any type of aerial field image – including those taken from machines ..read more
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Ukrainian farmers invest in dairy on land unaffected by war
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by Rubina Freiberg
2d ago
Ukrainian farmers are investing in the dairy sector on land that has not been occupied by Russia, the president of the Association of Milk Producers of Ukraine, Andriy Dykun has said. There are thousands of dairy cows in Ukraine which cannot be exported and sold, thus the decision was made to “take the risk” and expand the dairy sector, according to Dykun. Before the war, Ukraine sold dairy heifers to central Asia, however, the Black Sea has been “blocked” since, he told the Australian Dairy Conference recently held in Melbourne. Dykun added that dairy heifers can’t be exported through Romania ..read more
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