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Sheep Guide: Sheep Ireland the ICBF of the sheep industry

This week's sheep guide is all about Sheep Ireland the ICBF for sheep? We take a look.   Back in 2008, Sheep Ireland was established in...

Organic dairying – everything you need to know before you take the leap

Organic dairying is a relatively small but growing sector within the dairy industry in Ireland, writes Dan Clavin, Teagasc organic specialist. Latest figures from DAFM show...

Farmer’s Diary: 13 the magic number this breeding season

Edward Earle, Gorey, Co. Wexford, works as a quality engineer and farms over 300 ewes in partnership with his parents. As we want to keep...

Avoid panic-selling by knowing the value of your weanling’

Most suckler farms that have spring-born calves will be preparing to sell these weanlings in the coming weeks, writes Katie O’Toole, Walsh Scholar, Teagasc Galway/Clare. Currently,...

PHOTOS: See inside this 157-acre residential farm with accommodation for 200 cattle

A circa 157.80-acre residential holding with sheds and outbuildings has been introduced to the market by Nicholas Dwane Auctioneer and Valuer. Boasting 1 km of...

Balancing work and farming life

26-year-old Cathal Cassidy runs a 200-strong beef herd and 400-ewe flock with his father, Edward, while also working as a ruminant nutritionist with Alltech. The...

Beef farmer running new online business from his kitchen table

FineStock.ie, a livestock competition website, is the brainchild of an innovative county Armagh beef farmer. The website, which went live last week, allows entrants to...

Swapping nursing for farming a 120-cow dairy herd

Drumderg Farm’s expansion journey has allowed Margaret Little to take an alternative pathway, swapping full-time nursing for life as a full-time farmer. She farms in...

Aubrac breed ticking all the boxes for 70-cow suckler farmer

Aubrac cattle have proven to be game-changers on Alfie Hanbidge’s 70-strong suckler cow herd in Stratford-on-Slaney, Co. Wicklow. The seventh-generation farmer left school at 14...

From France to Connemara – How this 29-year-old became a sheep farmer

“I came to Ireland in August 2019 because I fell in love with a man from Connemara. I adore the Emerald Isle and I...

€781m BPS cash injection for farmers

Advance payments under the 2020 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) (including Greening), worth €781 million, have commenced issuing, today, (Friday, October 16th). Minister McConalogue has...

Increased demand for beef on supermarket shelves ‘could support beef price

The closure of McDonald’s represents a loss of over 3,000 tons of beef per month. The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association (ICSA) have called...
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Major decline in number of southern cattle moving north for slaughter

Base quotes for-in spec U-3 grade prime cattle ranged from 354- 360p/kg across plants in Northern Ireland this week, according to the Livestock and...

‘Quad bikes and scramblers are not toys’

The RSA and An Garda Síochána have launched a new public awareness campaign to highlight the dangers of quad bikes and scramblers pose to...

Stronger weanling bulls a tougher sell at Castlerea Mart

“Good” numbers of stock turned out for Castlerea Mart's online-only sale under Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions, according to Brendan Egan. Store heifers met with a...

You are not a real mart-goer if you do not…

Own a pair of dealer boots; Wear a quilted jacket; Attend mart sales weekly; Talk about cattle prices every hour of the day; ...