Back to life on the farm on Saturdays at Greethill, Athenry, for IFA President, Joe Healy, as he forks out silage to his stock. PHOTO: HANY MARZOUK.

Putting the pieces back together again . . . as Galway President starts...

Well into his first year of office as President of the IFA, JOE HEALY talks to FRANCIS FARRAGHER about a new life, new challenges and a new beginning for the Association. JOE Healy well remembers...
John Duane, Killimor; Gerard Dolan, Eyrecourt and John Whyte, Whitegate at Tuesday's Portumna Mart sheep sale. PHOTO: HANY MARZOUK.

Don’t miss the boat on sheep scheme

GALWAY sheep farmers have been urged ‘not to miss the boat’ for the new ‘Welfare Scheme’ that will deliver an annual payment of €10 per ewe for the next four years. Michael Murphy, Galway IFA...
Minister Michael Creed: Called upon to free up GLAS logjam.

Minister is asked to clear GLAS hold-up

MINISTER for Agriculture, Michael Creed, has been called upon to directly intervene and clear the way for outstanding payments to be made to GLAS farmers still waiting for their money since December 19 last. Galway...
Appetising or not? Deep fried snails for tasting at the Tullamore seminar.

Global market for edible snails is now worth in the region of €1 billion

SNAILS – the bane of every gardener’s life – could prove to be a very profitable alternative farming enterprise, a major conference has been told. There is an ongoing demand for snails across continental Europe...
Damien McGrath (centre), Tuam IFA Branch, pictured receiving his Certificate for the IFA Young Leaders Programme delivered by Farm Business Skillnet with James Kelly, IFA Director of Organisation and James Murphy, Farm Business Skillnet, Chairman/IFA South Leinster Chairman.

Star cows shine in the cash returns

THE economic benefit of using a five-star replacement index cow – as against a one star animal – can be as much as €172 per calving event, according to the 2015 Teagasc Annual Report. Noirín...
Unused heather land in North Roscommon

GMIT student hits the jackpot with his heather reared wild fowl

SIXTY acres of largely unused heather land in North Roscommon has helped a GMIT student to scoop an enterprise award for his wild fowl project. Kyle Flynn from Ballyfarnon is rearing chickens, turkeys, ducks and...


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