Irish Farmers Journal

  • It's emerged that 195 farmers will be directly affected by the proposed Galway City ring road.

    The N6 ring road will run around the city from Barna in the west, to Ballybrit in the East.

     

    Last month, the Cabinet approved the Galway City ringroad development, and announced that - in total - 1,000 compulsory purchase order letters would be issued.

    The Irish Farmers Journal reports that an environmental impact assessment submitted to An Bord Pleanala shows 195 farms are directly affected by the proposed road development.

    The main farm enterprises along the proposed ringroad route are beef and sheep farms -with these lands assessed as having a low to medium sensitivity to the devleopent.

    However, there is one high-sensitivity beef enterprise and two high-sensitivity dairy enterprises along the route.

    Also, the Galway Racecourse is classified as very high sensitivity, due to the equine enterprise and its regional importance.

    In total, 6 dairy farms, 119 beef farms and 4 sheep farms are in some way affected by the proposed road.

    For the environmental impact assessment, the agricultural study area consisted of 195 land parcels and 1,096 hectares of land - of which 219 hectares is within the proposed development boundary.

     

  • Average farm incomes rose to over 31,300 euro last year, according to the preliminary results of the 2017 Teagasc National Farm Survey.

    The survey shows a 65% increase in average income for dairy farmers, a 20% increase for tillage, 8% increase for sheep farmers, while incomes are unchanged for cattle farmers.

    Teagasc says the rise in average farm income is almost completely driven by the very large increase in income observed on dairy farms, however, the results also show that 35% of farms earned less than 10,000 euro in 2017.

    More than two-thirds of the farms represented by the survey saw little change in their income last year, compared to 2016.

  • While it might be too soon to say farmers are in a crisis situation due to the current dry spell of weather, they are certainly in a very difficult position.

    That’s according to Irish Farmers Journal News Correspondent Hannah Quinn Mulligan.

    The current dry conditions look set to continue into next week, with no rain forecast for at least another five days.

    Experts are warning farmers to take action now to help reduce issues further down the line.

    As grass growth is slow because of the heat, many farmers are feeding animals the first cut of silage and supplementing with meal.

    This may have a knock-on effect later in the year and fodder stocks.

  • The future of the Irish beef industry is at a critical juncture, according to farmers who will stage a protest later.

    Prices in the sector are down at least 40 cent per kilogram since this time last year.

    The Beef Plan Movement says it will hold a peaceful protest at an Irish Farmers Journal meeting in Ballinsaloe, Co.Galway this evening.

    The event will be attended by the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed.

    Adam Woods from the Irish Farmers Journal is encouraging farmers to engage with the Minister and other speakers this evening.

    52,000 full-time jobs and more than 14,000 suckler farms will be lost from Ireland’s beef industry in the next 10 years unless something is done, a leading academic has warned in the Irish Farmers Journal.

    Ireland’s suckler herd is worth at least €2.9bn to the economy and accounts for the equivalent of 52,000 full-time jobs, UCD’s professor of agriculture and food economics Michael Wallace has calculated. But it faces the loss of 1,400 farms and more than 14,000 cows every year unless a strategy to protect it is put in place. “The suckler herd is a critical part of the agricultural industry in Ireland but its suffering a silent decline Mr Wallace told the Irish Farmers Journal ahead of the Beef Summit in Ballinasloe on tonight.

    In counties Galway, Mayo and Roscommon alone, sucklers are worth €700m and 12,400 jobs, his analysis shows, while they are worth €450m and 7,800 jobs in the midlands.

    Sucklers in Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan and Monaghan generate €445m in direct and indirect economic output and 8,600 jobs. Even the more dairy-dominated eastern and southern counties rely on sucklers for €835m and 15,600 jobs. Prof Wallace said agri-environmental supports for extensive suckler beef and a targeted headage payment for high quality beef genetics could be among the solutions to avert the decline facing the suckler herd. His analysis shows that the western, midlands and border counties are particularly reliant on the suckler herd, but its positive effect on the economy is felt nationwide. To demonstrate just how much the suckler cow provides for rural Ireland, the professor looked in detail at counties Galway and Leitrim

  • Huge changes are on the way to farmer payments according to leaked CAP proposals that appear in the Irish Farmers Journal.

    Under the proposals payments will be channelled more towards active farmers not earning off farm income and the Department of Agriculture would have to define a new category of ‘Genuine’ farmers.

    There would be more freedom for Dublin to shape policies.

    Farmers with large off-farm income to be penalised, with a €60,000 cap on EU payments to large farmers.

    The new CAP deal is due to come into effect in two years time.

  • Over 1200 farmers are expected to attend the Irish Farmers Journal Beef Summit in Co Galway next week.

    The Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed, representatives from the Department of Agriculture, Bord Bia, Teagasc, and Meat Industry Ireland are among the speakers who will address the conference at the Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe next Thursday 9th May.

    The summit is being held at a time when the Irish suckler beef industry is at a critical juncture, with many farmers looking at alternative options of farming.

    The Irish Farmers Journal says the event will bring togther Ireland's beef industry policymakers and power players, and will hep farmers make plans for the future.

     

  • Over 21,000 acres of farmland is controlled by so-called vulture funds in Mayo, totalling 19 parcels. That’s according to a report in this week’s Irish Farmers Journal.

    The report has found that every county in Ireland has farmland affected by a vulture fund presence.

    A county breakdown of farm mortgages held by several subsidiaries of US vulture funds, Cerberus and Lone Star showed that the highest concentration of land is in Co Mayo, followed by Galway and Meath.

    Farmers have expressed concerns at their treatment by vulture funds, reporting difficulty in negotiating with receivers and forced land sales.

    They have also expressed their distress over a preference vulture funds seem to have for selling land, rather than working on new loan terms.

  • The average price of agricultural land in Mayo is at a five year low according to the Irish Farmers Journal.

    In 2018 prices fell by 6.6% in County Mayo, which makes it the second cheapest land market in Ireland, behind Leitrim and just ahead of Roscommon and Clare.

    This is the lowest price land has been in Mayo since 2013.

    Supply was well down in Mayo last year, to the tune of 53.6%. In total 3,454 acres was offered in Mayo, down from 5,176 acres in 2017.