My Farming Week

Could You Be In Danger From Radon – About Half A Million Live With High Radon Levels

The Environmental Protection Agency has encouraged members of the public to test their homes for radon.

This invisible, colourless and odourless gas is linked to around 300 cases of lung cancer in Ireland every year, making it the second leading… Continue reading

Farmland’s Soil Moisture Levels And Field Size To Determine Future ANC Status

  • 98pc of ‘disadvantaged’ land keeps ANC status
  • Over 2,000 townlands will now also have eligible land
  • Field sizes of less than 4ha considered a ‘structural constraint’
  • Appeals committee will be set up for all farmers affected by changes to the… Continue reading

Leitrim And The Gigantic Forest Debate

Almost 19pc of the county is covered by trees, mostly Sitka spruce. For some, these woodlands offer income and employment, but others decry the impact the monoculture trees are having on the landscape – and locals’ mental health.

Key findings… Continue reading

NI Auditor: £555m Spent On Bovine TB ‘Poor Value For Money’

The expenditure of £555 million of public money over 50 years to eradicate TB in cattle has given “poor value for money”, with one in eight herds still infected with the disease, the NI Audit Office has found.

Healthy cattle livestock, Idyllic Rural, UK

European Commission… Continue reading

Farm Succession – A Taxing Issue For Owners Of Farm Dwellings

The question of what dwellings qualify for Agricultural Relief is one of the most complex aspects of farm succession planning, writes our expert.

Farm succession can throw up a myriad of issues, generally ones that potentially could benefit the tax… Continue reading

‘If It’s Too Good To Be True, It Probably Is’

Farmers and older people warned of latest online scams.

With older farmers increasingly being forced to carry out their business online they are being warned to be vigilant against online scams.

Speaking to FarmIreland Ulster Bank’s Community Protection Advisor, Denise… Continue reading

How Can I Find A New Stock Bull In 3 Easy Steps?

‘My heifers are all after repeating; I need a new bull quick.’ ‘I need a 5-star bull for the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP).’ ‘I need a bull – is there a list of local pedigree breeders anywhere?’

These… Continue reading

Hitting The Target – Sligo Sheep Farmer Philip Higgins On His Plans To Increase Ewe Number To 500

Philip Higgins is the latest farmer to join the Sheep Tech joint venture run by Teagasc in conjunction with Irish Country Meats.

Philip farms a mixed suckler and sheep farm just outside the village of Skreen in Co Sligo where… Continue reading

Compulsory Purchase Orders – For The Common Good But They Can Pose Difficulty For Farms

A compulsory purchase order (CPO) is the name of a notice received by a landowner stating that their land or property is going to be compulsorily purchased by a State Agency.

The CPO procedure was designed to serve the common… Continue reading

Action Needed To Tackle Lyme Disease Says MEP Mairead McGuinness

Mairead McGuinness MEP and First Vice-President of the European Parliament has welcomed the focus on Lyme disease and the very broad support among MEPs that more need to be done to raise awareness, diagnosis and treatment, following a parliamentary vote… 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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