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RTÉ News (@rtenews) – 21/10/2013 – Two-thirds of Irish farms not economically viable

Check out this interesting article – Younger farmers ditch cattle marts for online sales

Animal Health Planning For Your Flock

 Preparing Your Rams for Mating

Read the EU Press Release on the CAP Agreement – Political agreement on new direction for common agricultural policy:

ICOS Briefing Note on the CAP Proposals available here:

Bovine TB factsheet:

Check Out Sheep and Lamb Prices here:

National Farm Survey 2012 Preliminary Estimates – Get full Document Here:

Progressive Genetics (@progressivegen) – 09/04/2013 22:06 – Congratulations to Ciaran Daly, Tawnytallan, Tullaghan, Co. Leitrim on his success at the Charolais sale in Tullamore –

ICBF (@HerdPlus) – 21/01/2013 – Some timely tips from AHI on calving and care of the new born calf. Wishing all our farmers well for the calving…

ICSA (@ICSAIreland) 09/01/2013 – ICSA renews call for compulsory microchipping of all dogs in light of horrific attacks on sheep in recent weeks:…

Farming Life (@FarmingLifeNI) – 09/01/2013 – Check your farm maps now, farmers urged: The coming weeks will see 38,000 farmers across Northern Ireland receiv…

Alistair Driver (@AlistairDriver) – 03/01/2013 – OFC13: Study reveals farming’s ‘great’ contribution to society…   -  Download the official Twitter app here…   -  Download the official Twitter app here

ICSA (@ICSAIreland) – 22/11/2012 – ICSA president Gabriel Gilmartin says Taoiseach must stand firm in opposition to EU Budget Cuts:

ICBF (@HerdPlus) 14/11/2012 – Animals can be related from a pedigree view point but totally unrelated from a genetic point #genomics (@Independent_ie) 05/11/2012 – Pat to come up with game plan for rural boost #PatSpillane #G

Defra UK (@DefraGovUK) – 21/10/2012 – Myths Busted: cattle vaccination not currently possible in UK

Animal Health IRL (@animalhealthire) 12/09/2012 – Press release on ordering of official calf tags for 2013. See for full details

Irish Farmers’ Assoc (@IFAmedia)12/09/2012 – Two week extension secured for both chemical and slurry spreading. A welcome move to assist farmers dealing with difficult conditions

Farming Life (@FarmingLifeNI) 12/09/2012 – What can we learn from Sweden? – News – Farming Life:…

EBLEX (@EblexTweets) – 31/07/2012 – Lamb crop this year expected to be the highest since 2008 – Lamb outlook briefing

RTÉ Business (@RTEbusiness) – 27/07/2012 – Unemployment rate of 39% among 15-24 year olds: The Central Statistics Office have released the latest publicati…

Rural Enterprise Skillnet – Income and Expenditure Software Package

Alan Spedding (@RuSource) 20/07/2012 – “@graigproducers: “To be a successful farmer one must first know the nature of the soil.” Xenophon (400 B.C.). Still haven’t learned this!”

Irish Farmers’ Assoc (@IFAmedia) – 16/07/2012 – Minister must secure 70% Single Farm Payment advance as impact of weather deepens…

Carole Youngs (@Smallholder) – 03/07/2012 – Sheep: things to do this month…

Farming Life (@FarmingLifeNI) – 25/06/2012  – FFA calls for grant aid for safety equipment – News – Farming Life:…

Helen Carroll (@MsHelenCarroll) – 25/06/2012  – M&S move to get more young people into farming “@RuSource: M&S launch new agricultural education programme…

@HerdPlus: The latest Euro-Star and Suckler Cow Reports are currently being packed and should be with every Beef HerdPlus…

Carole Youngs (@Smallholder) – 18/06/2012 – “extensive use of badger vaccination” would be used on tracts of land within the cull area:…

Bovine Tuberculosis (@MBovis) on Twitter -

Follow Bovine Tuberculosis (@MBovis). Latest on Bovine TB  The badger culling trial in Ireland was called the Four Areas Trial.

@HerdPlus: Bob Webber (USA) presenting on US Program for Genetic Improvement of Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle #icar2012         .org/Cork_2012/Manu…

@HerdPlus: Presentation by Pat Donnellan at the ICAR conference on HerdPlus Beef                                        .me/158YUI8FL

 Attention job seekers: Bad spelling, poor grammar: survey highlights CV horrors                                      .ie/#!story/Home/N…  - Collaborative Farming including Farm Partnerships and Contract Rearing of Replacement Heifers – Teagasc information day, Villa Rose Hotel, Ballybofey – Tuesday, May 29th, 10.45am until 1.30pm. – Admission free – For more information please see:

See sheep shearing tutor George Graham  with his Jedward hair @Sheepshearing12: – Check out Ray & Mairead Shearing Sheep – Our Family festival is on June 2nd & 3rd @PunchestownRace Pls RT

@philoquotes: “No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness”. ~ Aristotle

@animalhealthire: BVD Eradication Programme TWG launches Herd Testing Strategies. For more:

KUHN Farm Machinery (@KUHN_UK) -14/05/2012 – FACT SHEET : Big Bale #Silage Handling and Storage…

@AberdeenAngusIE: Angus Producer Group - Fermoy Seminar Videos

@vetsonline: Sheep farmers warned to be vigilant for nematodirus – changing temperatures could see a surge in worm numbers

Farmers check out this link on cattle handling techniques :

@EblexTweets: Latest beef briefing – English producers losing out by not calving heifers until 34 months of age:

RSPB earned £13m in CAP payments in ’11. RSPB denies conflict over CAP stance

Alistair Driver (@AlistairDriver) – 04/05/2012
Nat Trust (see ) and RSPB earned £13m in CAP payments in ’11. RSPB denies conflict over CAP stance

 @Smallholder: Unemployed Italians are flocking to the hills

 @farmsubsidy: List of 1500+ beneficiaries who get more than €1 million in #EU farm subsidies: #dataharvest

Sheep farmers this might interest you: – @MsHelenCarroll: Love this – Dubarry in talks with schoolboy inventors about leather & velcro ‘sheep shoe’ to prevent foot rot in sheep

 @ULearning09: CPL host National Jobseekers Roadshow from the 23rd to the 30th of April 2012

Minister Coveney Announces Details of the 2012 Single Payment Scheme National Reserve. Deadline15th May 2012.                                                         

@Independent_ie: Met Eireann warns of thundery April showers, ground frost and fog as sun disappears #irish

Ella McSweeney (@ellamcsweeney)
23/04/2012 - The elusive corncrake – a globally endangered species – has been spotted in malin head, donegal (via @romclaughlin). it’s clinging on!

Well done to local entrepreneur James Mc Namara  -!story/Home/N…

@_CEJA_: The European Court of Auditors’ Opinion on the Commission’s legislative proposals for #CAP reform are out today

Farming in the age of the smartphone – 10/04/2012 – Farmers Weekly:

@teagascforestry: – Forest fire risk remains very high. Check out our Fire Weather Index at New hope for families in negative equity trap 

@Independent_ie: It’s not good to talk – horrifying truth about drivers on mobile phones                                                                                                                                                  

Leitrim Development (@leitrimdevco) – 28/03/2012 - We have approx. €700,000 available to support micro enterprises in Leitrim. For further info, please contact us 071 9641770

 The Business Post@BizPost  - Taoiseach signs strategic partnership with China!story/Home/News/Taoiseach+signs+strategic+partnership+with+China/id/19410615-5218-4f72-e5c2-d8eb45589156

MRCVS online@mrcvsonline  - NFU pledges to underwrite costs of cages for badger cull pilot program if controlled shooting proposal falls through.

@MacranaFeirme  - Calling all sheep farmers-travel and get work experience with our RDS Scholarship @TheRDS

Irish Co-ops BXL quota expert George Kearns predicts Dairy Superlevy fine of €10 million in Ireland. 35 million litres over.

Irish Farmers’ Assoc@IFAmedia  - Banks must support farmers with superlevy bills

@TeagascPR: Researchers at Teagasc & @ucddublin have succeeded in identifying the best sites to plant Sitka spruce in Ireland

The latest CSO data shows the number of cattle slaughtered in February 2012 was 7.5% lower than in February 2011

@farmersforum: Breaking News: Badger Cull in N. Ireland a possibility

The Farmers Journal – – @farmersjournal – Approximately 7,100 farmers have submitted applications under the Beef Technology Adoption Scheme (BTAP).

21/03/2012 – Check out –

Animal Health Ireland- “Marts commence display of BVD test results” For more

 Teagasc PR – New Initiative Launched to Support Next Generation Food Entrepreneurs

 Irish Farmers’ Assoc. – IFA issues warning not to purchase animals of unknown origin

Irish Farmers’ Assoc.: An IFA delegation raise Irish concerns on CAP post-2013 with the Chair of the EU Ag Comm Paulo de Castro in Strasbourg                                

Irish Farmers’ Assoc. – New animal health and welfare bill cannot impose any additional costs or bureaucracy on farmers – IFA

IFA – feeders digging in for beef price increase

 Irish Farmers’ Assoc. – Major “Fracking” concerns remain unanswered

Tree Care Ireland- Official Husqvarna and Tree Care Ireland Pole Climbing Video

 ICBF -  @HerdPlus – One of the key recommendations in the “Value for Money review of the Suckler Cow Welfare Scheme” (see link below)…

 ICBF – See this excellent handout from DairyCo on how genomic evaluations are calculated, how to use genomic…

 ICBF – The viral disease known as Schmallenberg, which causes birth defects and miscarriages in livestock has been…

 Macra na Feirme – News –

 Animal Health Ireland – latest news –

 Edward Bray – what’s going on in agriculture & CAP reform? check out EU briefing:

Irish Co-ops BXL – Nice article from the Japan Times praising how we played our Agri Strategy with the Chinese during Vice Pres Xi’s visit .

Budget 2012 changes to Agriculture « Mark McConnell Agricultural Consultants via @agriculturalcon

Animal Health Ireland Newsletter – The AHI Newsletter, February 2012 is available at

DAFM announces details of financial supports for the BVD Programme. For more go to

Gerry Gallagher – Great day training on Marty Lenehan’s farm near Sligo

Teagasc PR – New Beef Technology Adoption Programme Launched

Irish Farmers’ Assoc – IFA dairy meeting with Ulster Farmers Union shows substantial common ground.

Irish Farmers’ Assoc – Septic tank check-list provides necessary clarity – IFA

Pat O’Keeffe – If you want some “lambing live” on twitter, try @j0hn_k @Llandre @KateBeavan @SuzannaCrampton

Farmers Forum – Breaking News: Millions of Farming Euros go unclaimed

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 Shane McAuliffe (@ShaneMcAuliffe1)agricultural economics ahhh too many percentages… fact of the day: 53.6% of irish farmers have an off farm job.



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