SECTOR BYTES
 
A defining year in farming
2018 a Defining Year in Farming

With an impressive line-up of speakers, close to 400 farmers attended the AIB ‘Irish Agriculture – at a Crossroads’ seminar in Corrin Mart, Fermoy on Jan 22nd to hear and discuss the future challenges and opportunities facing the sector.

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HELPFUL BYTES
 
Fodder and Grass supplies
Mitigants to reduced fodder and grass supplies

Depleting fodder / straw supplies and near capacity slurry storage are putting increased pressure on many farms, which ordinarily, notwithstanding, would be at elevated levels at this time of the year with the demands of the lambing/calving season.

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Beefing up Profits
Beefing Up Profits

Beef farming is the most common farm activity nationally, which, alongside dairy, contributes most to Gross Agricultural Output. However, between the potential impact of Brexit and the ongoing profitability challenges the sector is not without its challenges.

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Focus attention
Focus attention on tasks that deliver most

With the lambing and calving season in full flow on many farms throughout the country, and not enough hours in the day, it’s important to focus efforts on tasks that deliver most for your bottom line.

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EVENT BYTES
 
Grassland Farmer Walks
Grass10 Grassland Farmer of the Year Walks

Grassland Farmers of the Year Farm Walks line up for 2018. A series of Grass10 Grassland Farmer of the Year farm walks will take place nationwide over the coming weeks. Make sure not to miss one near you.

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Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day for Aoife Ni Chaiside

Slaughtneil joint captain, Aoife Ní Chaiside knows that Sarsfields will represent a stern examination in a repeat of last year’s AIB All-Ireland Senior Club Camogie Final,

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Eddie O' Donnell
Eddie O' Donnell (Grass10 Grassland Farmer of the Year, 2017)

Eddie O' Donnell (Grass10 Grassland Farmer of the Year Winner 2017) shows us how he has steadily improved the grass dry matter production steadily from 2013 - 2017. 

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BYTES-SIZED OFFERS
 
Herdwatch Offer
Herdwatch Special Offer for AIB Farm Customers
AIB customers get 15 months of Herdwatch for the price of 12. To get this offer call 0505 34400 and quote AIB15 -

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Grazing
Grass10 Grazing Guides

Teagasc research suggests that every extra grazing/paddock increases annual grass DM production by 1.5 t DM/ha. The Grass10 Grazing Guides help to achieve 10 grazing per paddock per year.

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Paddock Planning
Grass10 Grazings per Paddock

The Grass10 Paddock tracker can help identify poorer performing paddocks on your farm and where reseeding should be prioritised.

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FUTURE BYTES
 
Entry into Farming
Entry into farming – The Non-Traditional Route

Aside from the inter-generational transfer of land, which remains the primary avenue for new entrants, an increasing proportion of new entrants are utilising newer or alternative routes into farming – for one reason or another. Realising his home farm was fragmented and unsuited for dairying, John Sexton, a young trained farmer from Co. Cork engaged in a share-farming agreement to satisfy his personal goal of developing a dairy farm business.   

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Keep it Simple
Keep it simple to make it profitable

Reflecting on his international travels, studies and home farm developments to date, Laois dairy farmer David Kerr shared a number of important and practical insights of benefit at the Irish Grassland Association Dairy Conference in Cork.

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