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5 STEPS TO BETTER SOIL FERTILITY

on Monday, 26 March 2018. Posted in Blog, Property, Sheep, Dairy, Beef

  1. SOIL TESTING  

Provides you with vital information about your soils

  • • A foundation for your fertilizer plan

  • • A small farm expense costing in the region of €1.25/ha/yr and is valid for 5 years

  •  • A standard soil test will give the soils fertility status as follows; pH, lime requirement, phosphorus (P) and potassium (K).

Pesticide Application course

on Tuesday, 06 March 2018. Posted in Blog, Courses, Tillage, Sheep, Dairy, Beef

The Sustainable Use Directive (SUD) has been introduced to Ireland within the past year. This directive will affect all users of Pesticides (Herbicides, insecticides, fungicides etc.). One of SUD’s main aims is to reduce the risk or danger of pesticide use on the environment and consequently on human health. SUD is strongly encouraging the use of Integrated pest management (IPM). SUD will only affect professional users or distributors of pesticides. The four main areas the SUD was categorised is as follows:

Flexibility needed to improve the targeting and fairness of direct payments" Creed

on Tuesday, 20 February 2018. Posted in Blog, Schemes, Tillage, Sheep, Dairy, Beef

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., made the comments while attending a meeting of the Council of EU Agriculture Ministers meeting in Brussels.

Speaking in Brussels, Minister Creed said “While we are supportive of the Commissions efforts to better target direct payments, we must be mindful that the agriculture sector differs significantly across Member States in for example average farm size and agro ecological conditions. In that context and in the spirit of subsidiarity envisaged in the European’s Commission’s CAP Communication, Member States should be given the flexibility to decide on how to improve the targeting and fairness of direct payments within their own country”.

Sheep Census Reminder

on Monday, 29 January 2018. Posted in Blog, Schemes, Sheep

This year’s sheep census must be returned to the department by the 31st of January.(14th of February if doing online) If you are posting your census make sure and register post it and hold on to the receipt as it is the only acceptable proof of postage in the case of a dispute.

Sheep Census Reminder

on Tuesday, 16 January 2018. Posted in Blog, Sheep, Beef

This year’s sheep census must be returned to the department by the 31st of January. If you are posting your census make sure and register post it and hold on to the receipt as it is the only acceptable proof of postage in the case of a dispute. The number of sheep that you put on your census should be the amount of sheep in your flock on the 31st of December 2017.

Doyle announces commencement of 2018 Forestry Premium Payments

on Tuesday, 09 January 2018. Posted in Blog, Schemes, Property, Sheep, Dairy, Beef

Andrew Doyle T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for Forestry, has announced the release of the first bulk payment of annual tax-free forestry premiums for 2018.  The payments are currently being issued to forest owners who applied through the Department’s online services website www.agfood.ie.

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