Slaney Foods Beef Seminar - Thursday 12th December at 8pm
F0cusing on Animal Health
Mount Wolseley Hotel, Tullow, Co. Carlow
Speakers & Topics
Slaney Foods International
Developments in sharing Animal Health Information back to the farmer
Harnessing the Potential of a National Animal Health Database
Frank O’Sullivan, Veterinary Ireland
Best Practice in preventing and controlling liver fluke and lung lesions
Conor Geraghty, Veterinary Ireland
BTAP Herd Health Plan
Andrew Cromie, ICBF
Role of Genetics with animal health diseases
Michael Fitzgerald, Teagasc
Improving the health status of beef herds
*All livestock farmers and veterinary practitioners are invited*
Volunteer Website for Leitrim
Leitrim Development Company is pleased to announce www.volunteerinleitrim.ie a dedicated volunteer website for County Leitrim.
Leitrim Development Company developed and funded this website ‘Volunteer in Leitrim’ in response to a lack of co-ordination of volunteering opportunities in County Leitrim. The website is now live and we welcome everyone to use this free online tool if you are a group/organisation looking for volunteers or if you wish to volunteer your time.
The website will be officially launched by Leitrim Development Company on Wednesday 18th December at 8:00pm in the Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon. Please see attached invitation. A demonstration will take place on the night to show people how to use the website. Personnel will also be available from 7:00pm to help people to register their information.
Looking forward to seeing you all there and celebrating the launch of www.volunteerinleitrim.ie.
This project received grant aid from the Leitrim Development Company Rural Development Programme which is financed by the Irish Government under the Rural Development Programme Ireland 2007-2013 and by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in Rural Areas.
Monsanto to Cease GM crop trials
Monsanto have announced that they are ceasing trials on new genetically modified (GM) crops in Europe for the foreseeable future.
“The seed and chemical giant sells over €9bn of seed annually, with 50pc of the total accounted for by GM varieties. There is about 400m acres of GM crops being grown globally at this stage”, said Monsanto’s Irish director, Patrick O’Reilly. ”We’re still expecting double digit annual growth in our biotech (GM) seed sales, with most of that in maize and soya. “We estimate that each generation of biotech varieties gives the farmer a 5-7 pc boost in profitability. We’re now on the third generation because we’ve moved on from single gene change that gave crops Roundup resistance to stacked gene resistance to a range of issues such as drought and insects. Dr O’Reilly said that Monsanto had taken a strategic decision to pull back from attempts to trial GM crops in Europe until there was a climate of interest in the technology. It’s the total opposite elsewhere, where biotech continues to get bigger and bigger he said.
However, the Monsanto director said that the seed company would continue to press policy makers at European level for import approvals in GM feeds such as soya. He added that Monsanto would continue to carry out trials in Europe on conventionally bred crops. Anti-GM groups hailed the formal announcement by the company as a variety in their campaign to keep the technology out of the European foodchain.
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New Common Agriculture Policy
After three years of talks, the E.U. Ministers have agreed on most of the reforms to CAP. However individual counties have a few issues to solve, no more so than Ireland. Leitrim Organic Farmers Co-op takes a look at what is agreed and what is not.
• Minimum payments to be at least 140/ha by 2019
• Maximum cuts to be no more than 30%. Today’s average payment is 231/ha, those under this will get a rise of 33%, those over this will get a reduction of between 1-28%. The average reduction is believed to be 12%.
• There will be a flat cut of 8% to all payments over 2000 euro, due to the cut in the over all budget and in top ups for young farmers and for unforeseen crises.
• Greening – 30% of the payment will depend on farmers fulfilling various environmental tasks, organic farmers and farmers with 75% or more of area under grass will be exempt, provided the area is less than 120/ha.
• Young farmers trained and under 40 in 2015 will be entitled to a 25% top up, if area is over 35/ha and under 90/ha.
All these rises and reductions will be based on 2014 figures, any land bought or leased will have to have entitlements bought or leased.
Yet to be agreed:
Coupling, front-loading along with active farmers and a new DAS, there will be much disagreement to come. 10% of payment to fund a coupled payment 8% to livestock, 2% to protein crops, front-loading of 155/h for the first 32/ha. New DAS to be meet with a lot of resistance as merely another cut to everyone else’s payment. Here in Ireland the CAP reform has just begun.
Hells Kettle Organic Farm, Co. Wicklow
Now open for business selling beef, turkeys, nuts and fruit to the public
2013 National Organic Demo Farm Walks
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Organic Farmers Praised by MEP
While the production of organic foods in Ireland represented a €250 million business it also added substantial value to the output of more intensive conventionally produced foods which benefited from the environmentally friendly green image attached to the existence of a strong Irish organic and high natural value farming sector.
This was stated by Independent MEP Marian Harkin following her attendance at a public seminar in Dublin organised by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements EU Group and the Irish Organic Farmers & Growers Association.
She said: “Organic farming contributes substantially to Ireland’s reputation for the production of food of high quality produced in an environmentally friendly way. As such organic growers in Ireland and throughout the EU deserve to have funding ring fenced for their sector and specific schemes created to ensure that they receive fair treatment in the rural development programme currently being debated in the context of the review of the Common Agriculture Policy.
“The European Parliament’s view, which I support, is that organic farming has an important role in EU food production and the whole image of EU food products will be enhanced by the ring fencing of 25% of funding for agri-environment schemes involving all farmers.
Investigating Rushes as a Biofuel
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Press Release by O’Dowd: Minister O’Dowd refuses to rule out awarding exploration licences
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Changes in Rules for Non Organic Stock at an Organic Sale
For the foreseeable future non-organic stock namely in calf cows or dry cows that have no organic status and referred to as ASBP (Animals Suitable for Breeding Purposes) may not be presented for sale at an organic mart. This will, apply to all sales held in 2013 until further notice. If you have an ASBP cow with a calf at foot or a stock bull these are not included in the restriction. The new rules do not apply to farm to farm sales and coop members have the use of our website if they wish to sell these animals. I would suggest that anyone with an ASBP cow in calf either wait until the cow calves before being presented for sale or else we advertise them in the coop magazine and website. It is not clear whether this new ruling is on animal health or tractability grounds but it is now operational and the organic inspector will refuse entry of these animals on a sale day.
All calves born after 1/1/2013, must be tested for B.V.D before been allowed to be moved from the farm. This can be tested by using flesh sample from tag hole and sent to any authorised lab, as recommended by Animal Health Ireland.
2013 Budget Hits All
Property Tax, DIRT, Capital Taxes and Land Transfers are all on the increase.
Income Tax, Pensions and Stock Relief are to stay the same with changes to Consolidation and Excise Duties.
Farm families will be charged the same rate of property tax as other home-owners, 0.18% of its value, 0.25% over 1 million euros.
DIRT up 3%
Capital Tax and Land Transfers up 3%, capital acquisition tax threshold reduced by 10%
No increase in petrol or diesel, but carbon tax being extended to solid fuel i.e. coal peat on a phase basis.
The younger generation of Irish farmers were dealt a hard blow when it comes to the succession of the family farm, with the stamp duty relief on land transfers not been renewed in the budget. Over the last few years there has been large number of young people leaving rural Ireland for more urban areas of the country or abroad, Minister Coveney`s decision to abolish the stamp duty relief will only add to this.
7000 hectares will be planted in programme worth 116 million euros, suckler herd of 30 reduced by 800 euro, sheep grassland reduced by 4 million euro.
Stock relief will be extended for another 3 years, which will be a welcome for farmers in expansion mode.
Membership for 2013
€50 per year
This gives you access to a range of services;
- receive organic producer newsletter – advertise small ads in the newsletter or website – livestock sales