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Bord Bia won't divulge figures on level of cash support from processors

Farmers pay close to €6 million in levies to help fund the state's food and drink marketing body. However, it is unclear how much monetary support is provided by the meat industry.

When asked to provide a breakdown of industry payments for the years from 2016 to 2019, Bord Bia stated ...

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The Left Wing: The Saracens scandal, Leinster's nightmare draw and Andy Farrell's tough calls

In this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald discuss the fallout to the Saracens salary cap scandal and look back at the final weekend of European pool action.

Saracens are set to be relegated to the RFU Championship after being found guilty of another ...

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'I thought it was an amazing omission. He was one of our only good players at the World Cup. It's a cop-out'

Luke Fitzgerald has hit out at Rhys Ruddock's absence from the Ireland Six Nations squad, calling it an 'astonishing' omission.

New head coach Andy Farrell named six back rows in his first squad, but the in-form Ruddock was a surprise name missing from the list.

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Bord Bia won't divulge figures on level of cash support from processors

Farmers pay close to €6 million in levies to help fund the state's food and drink marketing body. However, it is unclear how much monetary support is provided by the meat industry.

When asked to provide a breakdown of industry payments for the years from 2016 to 2019, Bord Bia stated ...

yesterday 12:40 open_in_new
'We won't cut national herd' say FG, FF and SF as they chase the farmer vote

And while both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael say they are in favour of encouraging all farmers to plant forestry on a portion of their land, neither party went as far to say that planting would be made compulsory.

The commitments come as a Sunday Times/Behaviour and Attitudes opinion poll saw ...

yesterday 03:13 open_in_new
Wine-fed beef - the meat of the future?

Rory McDonnell, from Bord Bia, told a meat marketing seminar that a new world of protein consumption is emerging, as people's habits and the environment changes.

With the world's population set to rise from 7.8bn to 9bn in 15 years, he said it will continue to be accompanied by a huge ...

2020-01-18 11:04 open_in_new
Young man accused of trespassing in farm sheds claimed he was having romantic liaison, court hears

Curtis Parke, 22, and his then-girlfriend were caught by the owner David Miller at his farm sheds outside the village of St Johnston.

The lock was broken off the door and it was open but nothing had been taken from inside the premises which contained old tools.

Mr Miller said Parke ...

2020-01-16 20:13 open_in_new
'Our sector is in crisis' - farmers bring parts of city to standstill

Beef farmers who brought Dublin city centre to a standstill yesterday said the Government weren't treating the situation as a crisis.

About 60 farmers blocked streets around Merrion Square and Stephen's Green with their tractors as part of a 24-hour demonstration that continues until ...

2020-01-16 04:28 open_in_new
The Left Wing: Leinster's weak point, Johann van Graan's future and Doris vs Deegan

On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Ruaidhri O'Connor to review all the Champions Cup action and look ahead to Ireland's Six Nations squad announcement.

Leinster are still riding high in Europe after recording their fifth straight pool ...

2020-01-14 22:01 open_in_new
Green Party calls for ban on live exports and a review of nitrates derogation

The party, which could play a key role in the formation of the next Government, has also committed to implementing a food policy which will see children encouraged in school to reduce meat consumption.

The Greens updated their agriculture policy late last year and speaking to the Farming ...

2020-01-14 14:40 open_in_new
Green Party calls for ban on live exports and a review of nitrates derogation

The party, which could play a key role in the formation of the next Government, has also committed to implementing a food policy which will see children encouraged in school to reduce meat consumption.

The Greens updated their agriculture policy late last year and speaking to the Farming ...

2020-01-14 05:13 open_in_new
Sligo agri-food cooperative Aurivo names Donal Tierney as new CEO

He succeeds Aaron Forde, who stepped down before Christmas after 16 years.

A chartered accountant, Mr Tierney was finance director at Origin Enterprises’ food division before joining Aurivo.

Aurivo chairman Pat Duffy praised Mr Tierney as “a natural successor to the position. He ...

2020-01-13 19:46 open_in_new
'Farms put at risk' by 18-month delay in promised changes to Fair Deal scheme

Farmers are demanding an urgent meeting over the status of planned changes to the Fair Deal scheme.

IFA president Joe Healy, who has written to Junior Minister for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly asking for the meeting, said the Government approved the proposal to introduce a ...

2020-01-13 16:37 open_in_new
'Farms put at risk' by 18-month delay in promised changes to Fair Deal scheme

Farmers are demanding an urgent meeting over the status of planned changes to the Fair Deal scheme.

IFA president Joe Healy, who has written to Junior Minister for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly asking for the meeting, said the Government approved the proposal to introduce a ...

2020-01-13 05:04 open_in_new
Saving our bacon: Spaniel Josie has a nose for illegal pork imports

The dog is helping the Department of Agriculture guard against the rampant African Swine Fever, which has killed 200 million pigs in China this year.

Rashers, sausages and pudding are the traditional staples of the full Irish breakfast but they would be off the shelves if the disease - ...

2020-01-09 10:46 open_in_new
The Left Wing: John Cooney vs Conor Murray, Munster's issues and Leinster's depth chart

On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined in studio by Cian Tracey to review all the festive inter-pros as well as look ahead to the upcoming Champions Cup clashes.

Munster were rocked by the news that Joey Carbery will be on the sidelines for ...

2020-01-07 22:01 open_in_new
City protests alienating people, Creed warns farmers

Agriculture Minister Michael Creed has warned farmers that blocking city traffic with tractor protests only alienates urban-dwellers who they really need as allies.

He said 2019 was in many ways the year of the “pop-up farmer union” with some of them resorting to disrupting Dublin ...

2020-01-07 17:49 open_in_new
Beef industry won’t survive unless factories negotiate with farmers – Creed

THE beef industry faces a battle for survival unless there is a “sea-change” in the attitude of meat processors towards their farmer suppliers, the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, has warned.

Speaking to the Farming Independent, Minister Creed said the beef processors need ...

2020-01-07 13:37 open_in_new
Bird flu alert after suspected outbreak in Fermanagh

Farmers have been warned to step up biosecurity measures as a suspected outbreak of bird flu is investigated at a poultry farm in Co Fermanagh.

A spokesperson for the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) in Northen Ireland said that officials are investigating ...

2020-01-07 10:28 open_in_new
Ewe better believe it: Farmers' shock as sheep produces miracle Christmas birth of six lambs

A farming family has welcomed six lambs born to one ewe over the Christmas holidays.

The six lambs were delivered on December 28 to a three-year-old ewe on the Hardy family farm outside Birr, Co Offaly.

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2020-01-07 10:28 open_in_new
Beef Plan steps down national committee amid 'alleged serious disciplinary issues'

The Beef Plan Movement has stood down its National Committee following what it described as 'alleged serious disciplinary issues' being brought to their attention.

In a statement today, the organisation's joint chairs Eamon Corley and Hugh Doyle said the organisations' Regional ...

2020-01-04 15:16 open_in_new