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UCD Awards
Life as a UCD Ag Graduate

The UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science celebrated its annual awards ceremony in the UCD O'Brien Centre for Science on November 16th, with 37 students and recent graduates receiving prizes based on the 2016/17 academic session. 

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X-mas Facts
Xmas-Facts

Christmas is a time of year that most of us look forward to every year, where we get a little break from the mundane and time to recharge the batteries before the New Year. For some, it’s also about re-connecting with old acquaintances or perhaps making new ones. Here are a few maybe more unusual facts about Christmas, albeit unsubstantiated, that you might like to throw into conversations to impress.

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HELPFUL BYTES
 
Grassland Farmer of the Year
Maximising Grass - Tips from the Best

Dairy farmer Eddie O’Donnell from Golden Co. Tipperary was recently crowned the inaugural Grass10 Grassland Farmer of the Year, an initiative involving Teagasc, the Dept of Agriculture, Food & the Marine, AIB and other industry stakeholders. Eddie shared some of his experiences and insights on the key factors affecting grass growth and utilisation on his farm at the Teagasc National Dairy Conference in Kilkenny at the end of November which may be of interest to you for your own farm.

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Building you Network
Top Tips on How to Build your Network

Who is the best farmer in your area to grow grass? Who tends to always have the best cattle / sheep at the mart or who always seems one step ahead and on top of their game? Why are they top operators though - what are they doing differently that maybe you aren’t? Well, why not just ask them!! 

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Hoping to take over the farm – position yourself now for the future

 

AIB Shed Talks at Ploughing 2017

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Chrissy McKaigue
Chrissy McKaigue: Life of a dual star

If New York is the city that never sleeps, Chrissy McKaigue is the player who never seems to rest. The dual star estimates that he’s been on the go for about five years now, such has been the journey with Slaughtneil and Derry in both codes.

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Agri Seminar in Wexford
Key lessons from AIB Agri Seminars

With an impressive line-up of speakers, close to 800 farmers attended recent AIB agri seminars in Wexford, Cork and Offaly in association with Macra na Feirme, to hear and discuss the future challenges and opportunities facing the sector. 

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FUTURE BYTES
 
Liam Phelan
Agri Review & Outlook

2017 was both an interesting and challenging year in equal measure. On the one hand, inclement weather along the western seaboard has led to many having to house cattle early with consequential fodder shortages. On the other hand, 2017 has been a relatively positive year overall with increased output prices combining with stable input prices to deliver improved returns across many sectors. The relative uplift however is very much dependent on the farm sector engaged and indeed the level of on-farm efficiency discusses Liam Phelan, AIB Agri Advisor.

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Louise Crowley
Life as a New Entrant – Lessons along the way

Louise Crowley, Croom, Co. Limerick decided in 4th year in secondary school, that even though her father was still relatively young and the business very reliant on long-term leases, dairying was the career for her. Now farming alongside her dad, Louise is after buying 72 acres and is currently milking 150 cows, with 170 cows to pass through the parlour next year. Here are some key insights from Louise’s journey to date which may be useful for other young farmers as they embarking on a career in agriculture.

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