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Friday 31 March 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Farming

All time
Ireland's potato crop is at risk because of bad weather conditions
The Irish Farmers’ Association has warned that much of the crop might not get harvested this year.
# beef protests
'I am deeply concerned': Varadkar calls for an end to protests and blockades over beef dispute
The dispute has seen unofficial pickets by farmers at processing facilities around the country in recent weeks.
# Dark clouds
Farmers in west, mid-west and midlands 'set to be worst hit by Brexit'
70% of Irish farms are heavily reliant on direct payments, a new analysis has found.
# Animals
Around 40 knackeries close down temporarily as losses mount
“The sustainability of knackeries is in question,” a Louth TD said.
# beef plan movement
Meat processing industry says operations at 12 plants brought to a halt by blockades
The owners of a number of plants have secured injunctions to stop protesters blockading their factories.
# Ireland's climate crisis
'They're telling us the herd needs to be reduced by 50%': Ireland's farmers and the climate crisis
Beef farmers in Ireland are facing low prices and pressure to reduce emissions – Is the model broken?
Saoirse McHugh: The time is right for an agricultural revolution in Ireland
Intensive agriculture has damaged the planet. But we can change that.
# beef farmers
'The majority of farmers have to find other jobs to supplement their income. It's come to a head'
Multiple protests have popped up across the country.
# Protests
Minister 'reaches out' to Beef Plan Movement to enter talks
Farmers around the country have been holding protests over the past 10 days.
# Farming
Explainer: Why have beef farmers across the country been protesting in recent weeks?
The Irish Farmers’ Association has said the Irish and European beef sectors are “in crisis”.
# mercosur deal
Minister 'very concerned' about impact of EU trade deal on Irish beef farmers
The Agriculture Minister said the deal has come at a time when the beef sector in Europe is “facing significant uncertainty” because of Brexit.
Opinion: Farmers should support the Green Party - and secretly some of them probably do
Farming needs to become sustainable to survive and most farmers don’t want to damage the natural world, writes Ray Foley.
# exceptional measures
Farmers facing 'financial wipe out' to wait and see after government makes aid plea to Brussels
Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has said he has appealed to colleagues in other member states.
# Bull by the horns
'Where's the beef ya vegan?' Taoiseach met with protests from farmers in Cork city
A prize bull and farming machinery were brought to the protest outside Cork City Hall.
# enniscorthy
Boy (3) dies following farming accident in Co Wexford
The incident happened in a farmyard at Carrigabruise, Carley’s Bridge in Enniscorthy.
# Farming
'We shouldn't be defensive about debate led by young people': Bruton defends stance on 'Meatless Monday' teaching pack
The Irish Farmers Association want the teaching pack withdrawn or amended.
# geological survey
Low-flying plane carrying out surveying mission across countryside resumes flights
Due to the low-flying nature of the plane, concerned livestock owners are being asked to contact Tellus.
Opinion: Small farmers need to wake up and realise that the big farming lobby doesn't represent their interests
The small farmer in Ireland has a very high-quality product. To differentiate themselves from the mass producers, they need to focus on quality and sustainability, writes Saoirse McHugh.
# Farm accidents
'I ran as hard as I could, she charged after me': Farmer attacked by cow speaks about farm safety
Brendan McLoughlin told his story as the HSA launched its farm safety inspection campaign.
# the field
Judge relocates court sitting to mucky field for farmers' dispute over a wall
During the sitting the judge made a reference to US President Donald Trump who he said is “dividing our world”.
# farming technology
Freshgraze: This student has developed a cloud-controlled fence for livestock
Charlie Drumm’s project was selected as the Teagasc Special Award winner at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.
# green green grass
Farmers having been 'milking on' past Christmas and making tonnes and tonnes of butter
It’s been an exceptionally productive period for Ireland’s dairy farmers.
Opinion: We must stop sending Irish animals to Libya where they face a cruel death
Terrified bulls are often strung up by a hind leg while fully conscious, before having their throats slashed at repeatedly until they bleed to death, writes Caroline Rowley
# Health and Safety
37 people were killed in work-related accidents in 2018
Figures have revealed that work-related accidents hit an all-time low in 2018.
# Teagasc
53% of farm fatalities last year associated with vehicles and machinery
Provisional figures from Teagasc recorded 17 farm deaths in 2018.
# sheer misery
Bleak Irish wool sales raise concerns industry is 'declining into oblivion'
A representative of sheep farmers said that “all indications point to an impending total price collapse”.
# fodder crisis
Farmers struggling to pay bills, call on retailers to increase price of milk
The IFA has said the low prices offered in some shops are “unsustainable”.
'Unlikely that we will be able grow enough': Farmers warn of fodder crisis after drought
The Irish Farmers Association has called for the Government to introduce a fodder import scheme “sooner rather than later”.
# low flying craft
Plane carrying out new surveying mission across countryside 'may startle livestock'
The plane will be collecting geochemical and geophysical data on rocks, soil and water.
# Del Boy
'I have a brother and I don't want him getting the farm either!'
Connacht hooker Shane Delahunt is still balancing farming and professional rugby.
# farm safety
'I just remember the tractor wheel going over me': How an accident changed a child's life in seconds
Kerrie Leonard was left paralysed after an accident on her family’s farm.
# Farming
"There should be 90 or 100 grand worth of broccoli here - we probably won't see any of it"
The current heat wave has been impacting farmers across the country who are hoping to save their crops from being wiped out.
# buffaloes
‘A lot of people would have said I was mad, but it seems to be going from strength to strength’
As part of our How My Business Works series, we profile Macroom Buffalo Mozzarella.
# Milk Row
Farmers say Aldi's €1.30 two-litre bottle of milk is 'socially irresponsible'
Aldi says the milk line is needed to compete.
# nct for tractors
'First of its kind' tractor-testing course launched
A new EU directive requires commercial tractors to undergo a special roadworthiness test.
Column: 'Farmers are asking 'where’s my share of this economic boom?''
There is a physical and mental strain on the family farm that can be compounded by financial pressures, writes Richard Moeran.
# Farming
Here's what new rules to stop 'unfair' grocery deals could mean for the Irish food sector
Farmers have welcomed moves to rebalance power in the supply chain.
The Cattle Raid of Cooley is our national epic - and still has resonance for modern rural life
John Connell, author of The Cow Book, ruminates on how the extraordinary tale of the Táin still runs through the veins of Ireland.
# growing interest
This sheep farmer is leading the push to set up Ireland's first hemp co-op
Ed Hanbidge says there’s the potential to turn the crop into a major farming industry.
# Wood for the trees
Coillte says it will work with farmers who haven't been paid
Some farmers told RTÉ that they had been left without payments from the farm-forest partnership scheme