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March 2018 Start Date For New Brexit Loan Scheme – Here’s Everything You Need To Know

Minister Michael Creed

Minister Michael Creed

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, in partnership with An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald, has secured budget funding for a new Brexit loan scheme which will provide… Continue reading

Six Hour TB Test To Launch At The End Of This Month

A pioneering six-hour TB test is expected to launch by the end of November.

The test, called Actiphage, has been developed by start-up PBD Biotech based in Suffolk.

It will be able to detect live bacteria in blood or milk… Continue reading

New Figures Show Extent Of Deprivation In Donegal

Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring has this week launched the 2016 Pobal HP Deprivation Index which outlines areas of relative affluence or disadvantage across Ireland.

Arranmore Island

Arranmore Island

Commissioned by Pobal and completed by Trutz Haase and… Continue reading

Getting To Grips With The Clean Livestock Policy For Sheep

The ‘Clean Livestock Policy’ for sheep is a topic of much debate among farmers – particularly outdoor store finishers and those grazing fodder crops.

As it stands, a number of processors are applying clipping charges of 20c/animal; on a large… Continue reading

Champion Aubrac Breeder On Why Interest In The Breed Is Continuing To Spread

A Donegal breeder maintained a long-running winning streak when recording a double success at the Irish Aubrac Cattle Breed Society Show and Sale at GVM Mart, Tullamore on Saturday.

Evan Walsh, with the overall Reserve Champion and Champion at the Irish Aubrac Cattle Breed Society Show and Sale at Tullamore exhibited by his uncle, John Walsh, Rockhill, Ballintra, Co Donegal. They sold for a combined €6,000.

Evan Walsh, with the overall Reserve Champion and Champion at the… Continue reading

Five Safety Tips For Around The Farm This Winter

It’s easy to become complacent when it comes to safety but it’s still a relatively busy time on farms so farmers need to be aware of the risks. Michael Collins points out a few to watch for.


Arable silage pit

Arable silage… Continue reading

EPA Calls For Donegal Homeowners To Test Their Homes For Cancer Causing Radon

  • Radon is a radioactive, cancer-causing gas
  • Radon is the second cause of lung cancer, after smoking
  • 250 lung cancer cases in Ireland each year are linked to exposure to radon
  • It is easy to test your home for radon
  • It… Continue reading

‘Don’t Want To Spend On Farm Safety ? Think Of The Cost Of A Funeral’

The cost of preventing accidents on farms came up at a farm safety event this week, but experts say there is a lot you can do to make your working environment safer without spending money.


At the joint HSA-Teagasc farm safety event at Clonakilty Agricultural College on 3 November

At the joint HSA-Teagasc… Continue reading

Ballyshannon Farmer Warns Of Fodder Famine In Donegal Due To Months Of Wet Weather

One of Donegal’s most prominent and respected farmers has warned of “a famine of fodder” as a result of the inordinate amount of rain that has fallen in the North West in the past year.

Neville Myles of Ballyshannon runs… Continue reading

Donegal Farmers Invited To Information Evening In Ballyshannon On Action Plan For Fodder Shortages

Aurivo To Tackle Winter Fodder Shortage With Series Of Talks In The North West.

Aurivo – the globally-focused agri-business, headquartered in the north-west – is set to host three free information evenings in the coming weeks, for farmers facing fodder… Continue reading

Rural Enterprise Skillnet

Rural Enterprise Skillnet

The Rural Enterprise Skillnet is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets Ltd. funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills.

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