over, we can start settling down to
looking forward to longer evenings.
Tillage farmers are capitalizing on
the dryer weather and drilling is
going well around the country.
Brexit is still causing havoc with its
uncertainties. Senior o cials in the
Department of Agriculture and the
European Commission have had
extensive talks regarding funding in
the event of a no deal Brexit, which
is good news for the under pressure
Irish beef industry.
Rumour has it that there is a new malting barley deal
on the cards with ongoing discussions happening
between Boormolt and the IFA. The plan is to agree
a price prior to the 2019 harvest earlier o ers were
rejected by the IFA as they sought to get a minimum
of 200 per ton, discussions are still ongoing between
I visited the SIMA show in Paris at the end of February.
Some 230,000 visitors from around the world walked
through the vast halls over the duration of the show
and no matter where I went Brexit was the topic of
discussion. If I had a euro for every time the subject
came up I would be a happy man: our European
friends can't get to grips with it either.
The SIMA show has gone from strength to strength
over the last number of years and is worth a visit. It
runs every two years the same year as Agritechnica
and, even though Agritechnica is a bigger show, from
a machinery point of view SIMA is up there with all the
major players in the market launching their new ranges
at the event.
Tractor sales are steady around Europe with a total
of 177,000 new tractors sold in Europe in 2018. The
most popular horse power bracket is between 80 and
100 hp, even though the market is down 12 per cent
on 2017. Germany and France were the two biggest
markets followed by Italy. The UK market was up
slightly last year and the Irish market was up on 2017
and remains stable for the first two months of 2019.
Minister Creed has now announced 10 million worth
of grants for energy e ciencies, and renewable energy
through TAMS II grants. All farmers can now apply
to install solar panels on their farms. Previously, this
was once only open to the pig and poultry sector.
Farmers can apply from the 5th of April next: full details
of the scheme can be found on the Department of
Agricultural, Food and the Marine website.
Back at home, McCarthy Plant and Agri in Co Cork
celebrated their 25th anniversary in style. Owned and
run by Timmy, Fidelma and Conor McCarthy they have
two branches, one in Carrigtwohill and a second in
Clonakilty. We wish them the very best for the future.
So, looking forward to another month let's hope it is a
little dryer and more positive.
Until next time, farm wisely farm safely.