Teagasc BETTER Farm Sheep Open Day

Event Notice

Teagasc BETTER Farm Sheep Open Day
Date: 16th July 2015
Time: 2.30pm
Topics: Breeding Policy, Soil Fertility, Lamb Performance
Venue: Farm of Tomas O’Leary, Listry, Co. Kerry

BETTER Farm National Beef Open Day

Event Notice

BETTER Farm National Beef Open Day

at the farm of

Donie Ahern, Herbertstown, Co Limerick
Tuesday, 14th July 2pm & 6pm

Farm Background
This BETTER farm event will demonstrate the strides and improvements Donie and his family have made since joining the BETTER Farm Beef Programme in 2012. Donie’s gross margin has increased steadily from an initial d470/ha in 2011 prior to joining the programme to his current high of d1,220/ha achieved in 2014. He runs an 80 cow suckler to finishing system with heifers finished at 22 months and bulls at 16-18 months of age. Extra bulls and heifers are purchased annually as weanlings for finishing also.

Programme of Events
The BETTER Farm Team along with local Teagasc staff and specialists will demonstrate what steps Donie has taken to increase his profitability. Donie himself will outline what challenges he faced when taking these steps and how he overcame them. Other farmers who are participants in the BETTER Beef Farm programme will be present on the day and will speak about their experiences and problem solving in relation to improving their grassland management, breeding and financial performance.

BETTER Beef Farm Highlights
• Demonstrations of grassland management practices, grass measuring and reseeding
• Outline of how to increase farm profitability
• Outline and discussion of new Beef Genomics and Data Programme by Teagasc and ICBF
• Nutritional information and demonstration of finishing cattle systems
• Information on TAMS 2, Beef Genomics and Data Programme, Selecting Cattle for Finishing and Health and Safety

For more, see http://www.teagasc.ie/advisory/better_farms/beef/Donie-ahern-fam-walk.pdf 

Sligo Farmers’ Meeting on BDGP and Land Eligibility Issues

27th May 2015

Sligo ICSA will host an important meeting on the Beef Data and Genomics Programme and land eligibility issues on Friday, May 29th, at 8.30pm at the Glasshouse Hotel.

MEP Matt Carthy and other local public representatives will be in attendance.

For further information and comment, please contact ICSA Connacht/Ulster vice-president Paul Brady at 086-8127897.

Regional Rural Development & BDGP Meeting in Templeglantine

27th May 2015

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association will host a regional rural development meeting at the Devon Inn, Templeglantine, Co. Limerick on Thursday, May 28th at 9pm, which will be attended by ICSA president Patrick Kent.

The agenda will include the new Beef Genomics and Data Programme, hen harrier designation and the West Cork legal challenge, along with a presentation by Paul O’Connell of O’Connell Mills, Crecora, sponsors of the event, on feeding. Other speakers will include ICSA general secretary, Eddie Punch, rural development chairman, Billy Gray and suckler chairman, Dermot Kelleher.

“The topics for discussion on the night are of the utmost importance to farmers at present,” said ICSA rural development vice-chairman, Seamus Sherlock, who is organising the meeting. “There are huge concerns nationwide about the terms and conditions of the new Beef Genomics and Data Programme, and ICSA is still hopeful that Minister Coveney will extend the deadline for applications.”

“Hen harrier designation is a particular issue in this region, and will be of interest to many local farmers, as are land eligibility penalties. This meeting will give farmers all across the region the opportunity to have their views heard and their questions answered on these and other rural development issues.”

For further information on the meeting, contact ICSA rural development vice-chairman Seamus Sherlock at 087-3854857.

ICSA Donegal Meeting on BDGP and GLAS

Event Notice

Donegal ICSA will host a meeting open to all farmers on Tuesday next, May 26th, at 8.30pm in Friel’s, Raphoe and featuring updates and discussion on the Department’s controversial new Beef Data and Genomics Programme and on the GLAS scheme.

The programme for Tuesday night’s meeting is as follows:

Update on Genomics and Glas Schemes
Speaker: Edward Brown

Discussion Topics (chaired by Malcolm Thompson)
The Genomics Scheme: A scheme for factories or for farmers?
Is GLAS Participation still worthwhile for farmers?

For further information, contact ICSA Donegal chairman Malcolm Thompson at 087-2664674

Regional Farmers’ Meeting to Discuss New BDGP

Event Notice
Waterford ICSA will host a public meeting open to all farmers on Tuesday, May 26th, at 8pm at the Viking Hotel, Waterford, with the new Beef Data and Genomics Scheme as the main item on the agenda.

For more information, contact Wateford ICSA chairman John Halley at 089-4448549 or the ICSA office at 057-8662120.

Meeting at Sixmilebridge Mart on Monday Night Re BDGP

Event Notice

BDGP Meeting at Sixmilebridge Mart 

The new beef data and genomics scheme (BDGP) and the controversial issue of land eligibility and overclaim penalties will be centre-stage at a meeting in Sixmilebridge mart this coming Monday night (25th May) at 7.30pm.  

Guest speakers include Sean Kelly MEP, ICSA general secretary Eddie Punch and Dermot Kelleher of the Disadvantaged Farmers’ Legal Challenge campaign. 

For more information, contact the ICSA office at 057-8662120.

Roscommon ICSA to Host Regional Meeting on BDGP

Event Notice

Roscommon ICSA will host a regional public meeting on the new Beef Genomics and Data Programme on Friday, May 22nd at 9pm at the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone. All farmers welcome.

Speakers, to be confirmed, will include a range of public representatives. For further information, contact ICSA Roscommon chairman Ger Grehan 086-8768270.

Important Public Meeting in Castlebar on LPIS Overclaim Penalties

Have you been affected by land eligibility issues?
Have you been hit with an overclaim penalty on marginal ground as part of the LPIS review?
Do you wish to join with other disadvantaged farmers in fighting unfair treatment of farmers on marginal land?

If so, you won’t want to miss this meeting:
Friday May 15th at 8.30pm at the Welcome Inn, Castlebar (open to all farmers).

Fianna Fáil Agriculture spokesman Éamon Ó Cuiv and MEP Marian Harkin will be among the public representatives in attendance.

For further information, contact ICSA office at 057 8662120 or Cathal O’Reilly of Mayo ICSA at 087 2067349.