Teagasc Beef Breeding Event

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Teagasc Beef Breeding Event

Date: Friday, July 25th
Venue: Farm of Tom Groome, Clonmore, Edenderry, Co. Offaly
Time; 6-8pm

Teagasc BETTER Farm Beef Open Day

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Teagasc BETTER Farm Beef Open Day

July 24th
Farm of Mike Dillane, Lixnaw, Co. Kerry
Farm Tours: 2pm & 6pm

Topics to be covered include:
Farm System and Farm Plan – “How generate higher returns on a heavy farm”
Drainage and Land reclamation – “Methods, costs and results from drainage in 2013”
Grassland Management – “How to get the most from your grass”
Top Performing Animals – “The €1,000 gross margin challenge in difficult conditions”
Breeding and Genetics – “A suckler system that delivers using 100% AI”

*BTAP approved

National Organic Farm Open Day

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National Organic Farm Open Day

Date: Thursday, July 17th
Venue: Beef farm of Oliver Dixon, Ahena, Claremorris, Co. Mayo (BTAP approved)
Time: 2pm

Teagasc BETTER Farm Sheep Open Days

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Teagasc BETTER Farm Sheep Open Days

Tuesday 15th July  – An open day on John Renehan’s farm, Johnstown, Co. Kilkenny, Starts at 11am.

Wednesday 16th July – Corrin Mart, Fermoy Co. Cork, Starts at 11am

Teagasc BETTER Farm Beef Event

Tom Halpin farms 63 Ha of mainly free draining land just outside Kells, Co Meath. He operates a suckler to weanling system calving a split calving herd in February/March and June/July. Up until this year there was also a sheep enterprise on the farm however to further increase cow numbers he choose to opt out of sheep this year. Suckler cows on the farm are extremely functional with excellent fertility and very good 200 day weights on calves demonstrating excellent milking ability. Cow type is mainly Limousin/Simmental cross and these are mated with a terminal sire charolais bull to breed top quality weanlings. A limousin bullwas purchased in 2012 to breed replacements from within the herd. In 2012 the decision was made to drop rented ground and as a result this increased stocking rate from 1.49 L.U./Ha in 2011 to 2.09 L.U./Ha in 2013. Gross Margin also increased during this time from €575 /Ha to €757/Ha or a 31% increase over 3 years. Topics and stands to be covered on the day include:

Farm System and Farm Plan- “How to increase output in a weanling system”

Grassland Management-” Paddocking my farm”

Sire Choice and Weanling markets-” The €1000/Ha challenge

Herd Health- “A Healthy Suckler Herd”

Breeding and Genetics- “The ideal suckler for a weanling system”

Experts from Teagasc, Bord Bia, ICBF and other stakeholders will be available on the day for questions

The event IS BTAP approved.

Food and refreshments will be available on the day.

First farm tour at 2pm and 2nd farm tour at 6pm

GPS co ordinates for the event are (53.798041,-6.807979) and the farm will be sign posted from Kells and the N52 from Ardee

Teagasc BETTER Farm Sheep Open Day

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Teagasc BETTER Farm Sheep Open Day
Date: Tuesday, 8th July 2014
Venue: the farm of John Doyle, Ballindaggin, Co. Wexford
Time; 11am – 1pm
Topics to be covered include:
• Flock Performance
• Lamb Performance
• Genetics
• Grassland Management
This will be an STAP Approved National Event
Registration on site
Directions will be signposted from Bunclody, Ballycarney, Kiltealy and Ballindaggin.

Farming Accident Remembrance Service

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Embrace Farming Accident Remembrance Service for the victims of farm accidents and their bereaved families, friends and neighbours will take place in the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Abbeyleix, Co. Laois on Sunday June 29 at 2pm.

ICSA Presidential Election: 12th December, Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise

Two candidates to contest ICSA presidential election 

Two candidates have been nominated to contest ICSA’s forthcoming presidential election, which will take place on Thursday, 12th of December 2013.   

Current president Gabriel Gilmartin and former Leinster vice president Patrick Kent emerged as the contenders when nominations closed on the 20th of September.   

Voting will take place on the 12th of December at the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise and the electorate is the ICSA National Executive.  


Gabriel Gilmartin                                                                       Patrick Kent

                              PK website

Gabriel Gilmartin runs a mixed suckler and sheep operation, based close to Ben Bulben at Ballintrillick in Co. Sligo.  Having joined the organisation in 2001, he went on to become Sligo chairman the following year.  In 2007, he was elected rural development chairman.  He was first elected president of ICSA in November 2009. 

Patrick Kent operates a mixed medium-sized farm near New Ross in Co. Wexford consisting of sucklers, beef and sheep, with a pedigree Belgian Blue enterprise.  He became involved in ICSA shortly after its inception, and is the current Wexford chairman.  He served a six year terms as Leinster vice president from 2007 to 2012.  

ICSA AGM & Annual Conference: Alexander Hotel, Dublin, 11th December, 2012

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association will host its AGM and annual conference at the Alexander Hotel, Fenian Street, Dublin on Tuesday, 11th December 2012.   

The AGM gets underway at 3pm and is open to National Executive members only.  The Annual Conference commences at 6pm, and is open to all members to attend.  An impressive line-up of speakers will address the gathering, including ICSA president Gabriel Gilmartin, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney, economist and former special advisor to the late Brian Lenihan TD, Dr. Alan Ahearne, and Dr. Thia Hennessy of Teagasc.

The conference will reflect on a challenging year for Irish farming, discuss the ability of the government to support agri-food’s continuing success, and assess the future of Food Harvest 2020 in the light of current proposals for CAP reform post-2013.  

ICSA will be running a number of buses from various locations around the country to bring members to the meeting.  Members who wish to avail of the bus service, or who want more information on the event, should contact the ICSA National Office on 057 8662120.

Public CAP Forums

CAP reform – Your voice matters!

During October, November and December, ICSA will be hosting a series of public meetings where farmers will be given the opportunity to raise questions and drive debate on what CAP reform means for Irish farming.

Dates, times and locations will be listed on this page as they are confirmed.

Please check back here for updates.