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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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News: Galway natives farming in France, farm payment delays, NDS judge, & a €37,400 bull

In this article, we take a look at some of the stories that have made the headlines on over the last week (week commencing Monday, September 4th).

‘We are farming over 3 farms that make up 1,300-acres’ – Galway natives in France

That’s Farming editor, Catherina Cunnane, caught up with Laura Gardiner from Farming Life at La Forge, following our interview in April 2021.

Currently, the family, originally from the west of Ireland, are farming over 3 enterprises that comprise 1,300-acres, between owned and leased land, having moved overseas in 2006.

Laura told us about changes that have been implemented on-farm since our initial interview in April 2021, her social media channels and quitting her job to film and travel across Australia.

You can read her interview via this link.

Farm payment delays

DAFM farm payments will roll into farmers’ bank accounts up to three weeks later than last year, the DAFM has, this week, confirmed.

Payments under the ANC Scheme (Areas of Natural Constraint) are likely to be some three weeks later than those issued last year, while payments under the Basic Income Support for Sustainability (BISS) are likely to commence approximately one week later than payments under last year’s Basic Payment Scheme (BPS).

Earlier this year, the minister’s department wrote to farmers outlining the payment dates for schemes under the new Common Agricultural Policy.

His department will, once again, write to farmers in the coming days to remind them of payment date schedules, which you can read about in this news article.

He expects that more than €1.8 billion in payments will issue to farmers before the end of the year and that Ireland will be the first member state in Europe to make such payments, he said.

Read more on this article.

Nitrates derogation

EU Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Virginijus Sinkevičius, has ruled out revisiting Ireland’s Nitrates Derogation decision.

Sinkevičius has, in a statement, confirmed that there is “no prospect” of re-opening the current commission decision conferring a derogation from standard Nitrates Directive rules in Ireland.

The EU’s Nitrates Directive permit the use of a maximum of 170 kg of organic nitrogen per hectare.

The directive allows for a time-limited derogation from these rules in certain circumstances.

At present, Ireland’s derogation permits the use of up to 250 kg per hectare on derogation farms.

Read more on this article.

€37,400 bull

Meanwhile, a January-2022-born Simmental bull has changed hands for £32,000 (over €37,400), a sum which is believed to be the second-highest price paid for a male of the breed in the UK.

Corskie Nutmeg from WJ & J Green, Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers, has been sold privately to the Denizes herd of MA Barlow & Sons, Ulnes, Nr Leyland, Lancashire.

At this year’s Royal Highland Show in June, Nutmeg won the Simmental junior male championship; reserve overall male; and reserve overall junior and the reserve overall in the Beefbreeder interbreed.

Barlow said that his newest purchase has “the x-factor and he has everything we look for in a Simmental stock bull”.

Read more on this news article.

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