The Friendly farmer is an example of an alternative business idea to supplement or replace farm income

Time for farmers to start thinking outside the box

Sheep and cattle farmers are under increasing pressure to boost farm incomes due to the lack of guaranteed prices and reduced EU baseline payments by 2019. BY BERNIE LEAHY The Teagasc Options Programme is based on...

Call for Ministers to ‘cut the waffle’ on Dunkellin crux

THE IFA’s top national representative on flooding problems has hit out at what he described as the ‘absolute waffle’ last week of Junior Minister, Ciaran Cannon, in relation to plans for drainage works on...

Meat plants plough ahead with new cuts

IT seems to be now only a matter of ‘where and when’ as regards a major farmer protest over the falling price of beef at the Irish meat plants – this week the factories...

A great time of the year out the country but don’t forget to stay...

BY ANTHONY O'CONNOR THE next few weeks will be the busiest time of the year on farms. Silage cutting, harvesting crops, spraying, reseeding and the breeding season are in full swing. Where ever you...

Days of mesh coming to an end as Fusion 3 delivers an all-plastic wrap

CONTRACTOR Michael Francis Murphy from Killeely, Kilcolgan, with his new Fusion 3 McHale baler and wrapper that uses no mesh in bale production. The Fusion 3, with its optional second plastic...

Pressure mounts on Coveney for a crisis package

BY FRANCIS FARRAGHER MORE pressure is mounting this week from his own party and the IFA for Agriculture Minister, Simon Coveney, to take a more ‘hands on’ approach to the fodder and financial crisis...


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