Articles Tagged ‘dairy’

'Optimising rumen function key part of feeding strategy'


Northern Ireland dairy farmer Andrew Reid says that optimising rumen fermentation efficiency is an integral part of a feeding strategy that has seen annual yields hit 10,000 litres/cow, with butterfats at 4.11 per cent, on a system using grass as the primary forage.

A balanced approach to life and farming


As the winner of the 2017 FBD Young Farmer of the Year Award, PJ O’Keeffe represents a new generation with a balanced approach to life and farming. Tomas Turley, on the other hand, has just retired from Teagasc after completing a 34-year career in the advisory services. Both men spoke to Matt O’Keeffe and shared some thoughts on the state of Irish agriculture.

A game-changing CAP


The proposals for restructuring the next Common Agricultural Policy and how it interacts with farmers are game-changing, as EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, explained to Matt O’Keeffe.

Challenges still faced by dairy sector despite positive income outlook


Responding to the Teagasc Situation and Outlook 2017 forecast that dairy farm incomes would increase significantly this year, IFA national dairy chairman, Sean O’Leary, said that while the improvement is welcome, it was also badly needed, coming as it does in the wake of a difficult prolonged period of major cash-flow challenges.

Challenging the dairy doubters


Promoting the nutritional value of milk is an ongoing challenge, as Zoë Kavanagh, chief executive of the National Dairy Council, tells Matt O’Keeffe.

Co-ops aware of real pressure on dairy farmers


IFA national dairy committee chairman Tom Phelan has said differences between the milk-price cuts announced by milk purchasers so far, from 1c/l from Lakeland to a massive 3c/l from Glanbia, show differences in the appreciation the co-ops have of the very real pressures a long winter, late spring and the most severe snow storm in a generation have imposed on dairy farmers. 

Co-ops must increase milk price – IFA


Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) dairy chairman Sean O’Leary has called on co-ops to follow the lead set by Lakeland and Glanbia and increase their July milk price by at least 1c/L.

EU price intervention to increase dairy market opportunities for farmers


The EU Agriculture Council’s decision to temporarily remove fixed-price intervention buying-in for skimmed milk powder (SMP) this year was described as intending to “stabilise dairy markets in 2018 and to avoid disruptions” by the  Bulgarian Council President, Rumen Porodzanov.

Former Dairygold chair receives national honour


The lifelong contribution to the Irish co-operative movement by former chairman of Dairygold Co-Operative, Bertie O’Leary, was recognised when he was presented with the Plunkett Award for Co-operative Endeavour. 

Irish milk prices 'a way to go to catch up with EU competitors'


As co-ops decide this week on their June milk price, Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) National Dairy Committee chairman Sean O’Leary said they have some catching up to do to ensure Irish dairy farmers receive the full benefits from improving markets, and competitive milk prices relative to their European counterparts.

Milk in demand


The weather difficulties earlier this year brought the value of our food staples, and the farmers who produce these essential necessities, into focus, writes Matt O’Keeffe.

Milk-cooling technology to feature at Ploughing


At this year's National Ploughing Championships, Dairymaster will be providing information about energy-efficient milk cooling technology that it says can save the industry €171m over the next 10 years.

Minister Creed meets Turkish counterpart

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, has held a bilateral meeting with the Turkish Minister for Agriculture, His Excellency Ahmet Esref Fakibaba in Izmir, Turkey. The meeting was part of Minister Creed's trade visit to Turkey.

NDC seminar and Teagasc walk at award-winning dairy farm


The National Dairy Council (NDC) has hosted a seminar on “Quality as an Essential Component of Export Development” in the Park Hotel Dungarvan, with a farm walk hosted by Teagasc taking place on the dairy farm of the Power Family, winners of the 2016 NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards.