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...
Minister Michael Creed: Called upon to free up GLAS logjam.

Dispute on 2017 GLAS payout

THE Government have been accused of a ‘sleight of hand’ trick in relation to the GLAS scheme with a reduction in payments of €36 million to click-in for 2017. Fianna Fáil Agriculture Spokesperson, Charlie McConalogue,...
Greyhound trainer Kevin Connolly takes his dogs for a walk near Atherny. Photograph: Hany Marzouk.

Galway TB stats on the decline

THE incidence of Bovine TB in Galway continues to decline although stubborn pockets of the disease still remain in the county, according to the latest figures available. For the first nine months of his year,...
Michael Murphy: Don't be left out of scheme.

Ensure to tick the boxes for sheep scheme

SHEEP farmers have been advised this week to ‘tick all the boxes’ in relation to qualifying for the new Sheep Welfare Scheme (SWS) that was officially launched this week by Minister for Agriculture, Michael...
Children meeting with the animals at the Live Crib outside Galway Cathedral last week.

BVD cash is too late for most PI farms

NEW BVD (Bovine Viral Diarrhoea) compensation payments – announced last week by the Dept. of Agriculture – should have been in place from the beginning of the eradication programme, according to the IFA. Farmers who...


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