How Benchmarking Can Improve Your Farm’s Long Term Performance

Discussion groups and professional advice are essential for farmers looking to get a handle on the strengths and weaknesses of their farm enterprises

It is said that no man is an island. But given the solitary nature of farming, some… Continue reading

Rural Depopulation – ‘We’re Walking Into A Disaster And No One Is Saying Stop’

Rural depopulation is becoming a central problem in Co. Leitrim – and has not been helped by housing regulations, according to a local county councillor.

With multiple factors leading to the situation many parts of the county now find themselves… Continue reading

Only 30% In Ireland Have Put A Will In Place

Making a will is important in farm succession planning.

As Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States said: “In this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes”.

Hence the importance of a will, a document… Continue reading

Daniel Shines A Light.

It may be bleak mid-winter but MED member and well known pedigree stock breeder Daniel O Connor has enlisted the help of a few of his pals to organise a Charity Christmas Lights Tractor Run in aid of the charity… Continue reading

Irish Men Urged Not To Ignore Andropause Symptoms

With international men’s day taking place on November 19, Irish men are being urged not to ignore the symptoms of andropause, dubbed the ‘male menopause’.

Dr. Deirdre Forde, founder of Ceile Medical in Athlone, Co. Westmeath, said that while the… Continue reading

Tullamore Elite Charolais Heifer Sale Creates History

The ‘Elite Charolais Heifer Sale’ was a fitting title, certainly after reviewing the prices achieved by pedigree females last Saturday (November 14) in Tullamore Mart.

The sale is in its fourth year of being hosted by the Irish Charolais Cattle… Continue reading

Tips To Ensure Your Lambs Comply With The Clean Livestock Policy

With the wet weather over the last number of weeks, the task of ensuring lambs fall into category A of the Clean Livestock Policy (CLP) is made the more difficult.

This is especially the case for lambs out on pasture,… Continue reading

Limited Impact Of GLAS To Help Environment Outweighed By Dairy, Beef Expansion

About 40% of farmers, on 40% of all farmland, took part in the €920m scheme.

The effect of GLAS has been modest at a national scale in reducing pollutant loads, and mitigating climate change, according to the latest evaluation of… Continue reading

Pandemic Fuels Alcohol Consumption As Over 50% Of Irish People Report Drinking To ‘Cheer Up’

Over half of Irish people are drinking to ‘cheer up’ when stressed or in a bad mood, according to a new report by Drinkaware.

Drinkaware, the national charity working to prevent and reduce alcohol misuse in Ireland,  has published a… Continue reading

High Consumption And Throwaway Culture Must Be Tackled By Business, Policymakers And People, Says EPA

Ireland generated 14 million tonnes of waste in 2018 across all sectors.

  • Municipal waste, from household and commercial sources, amounted to 2.9 million tonnes in 2018, up 3.5 per cent on 2017.
  • Ireland’s waste management practices have changed significantly in… 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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