Minister Michael Creed: Apply early.

Online is now only avenue for BPS

ONLINE payments for the Basic Payments Scheme (BPS) opened up for farmers last week – this year all applications have to be made online. The applications opened on Wednesday, February 7 and remain live until...
Theft: Farmers urged to take sensible security precautions.

Garda warning as bales stolen in Esker area

GARDAI have issued a warning to farmers to lock all gates and to keep a regular check on their fodder supplies, following the brazen theft of 30 round bales of silage in the Athenry...
Padraic Joyce: Plan 'fails' rural Ireland.

Claims that National Framework Plan ‘fails’ the rural population

THE draft plan to mark out the future of the country between now and 2040 has ‘failed rural Ireland’, according to Connacht IFA Chairman Padraic Joyce. He said that the National Planning Framework draft released...
Luke Ming Flanagan: A flawed scheme.

Fodder scheme is flawed says MEP

FOUR critical flaws in the fodder scheme aimed at helping farmers with feed shortages must be addressed as a mater of urgency, if it is to be a meaningful method of assistance to those...
Michael Creed

A mixed reaction to fodder subsidy

A MEAL voucher system for farmers facing fodder shortages this Spring would have offered better value for money than a subsidy for transporting silage across the country at a huge cost, Fianna Fáil have...

140,000 fall in beef cows is a worrying sign

A DRAMATIC drop in suckler cow numbers across the country over the last six months of 2017 – down by nearly 140,000 – should be a wake-up call for everyone with an interest in...


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