Features

New Grain Committee chairman eager to make his Mark

4 Oct , 2018  

Newly-elected IFA Grain Committee chairman Mark Browne is committed to working for the betterment of tillage farmers during his four-year term. Mark, who farms over 300 hectares of cereals, oilseeds and protein crops in conjunction with his brother Garrett in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, succeeded Kildare man Liam Dunne in the chair on Friday, January 12 […]

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IFA calls on the trade to pass through drop in fertiliser prices

26 May , 2017  

IFA Inputs Project Team Leader John Coughlan has called on the trade to immediately pass through the significant drop in wholesale fertiliser prices to farmers. Coughlan said, “International wholesale CAN prices have fallen by €30 to €35/t over recent weeks. However, many farmers are not seeing this as importers and many of the larger merchants […]

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Features

Sean the sheep farmer

13 Oct , 2016  

As well as being one of Cork’s best-known sheep farmers, Sean Dennehy is IFA sheep chairman of Cork Central and a member of the national sheep committee. Sean and his wife Colette farm nearly 250 acres, which is owned and rented, in Shandangan, Carrigadrohid, which is in Cork’s Muskerry and Lee Valley regions. They have […]

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The fight to preserve farm families

22 Dec , 2015  

With farmers in Ireland getting an increasingly-raw deal and family farms under greater threat than ever, Wicklow IFA chairman Tom Shortt is doing all in his power to give more control back to the primary producer – the most important link in the food chain. We met up with the Newtownmountkennedy tillage farmer to discuss […]

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‘Exciting times’ for dairy farmers, says O’Leary

3 Nov , 2015  

While welcoming the demise of EU milk quotas, IFA National Dairy Committee chairman and North Cork dairy farmer Sean O’Leary is urging dairy farmers to thread carefully and not to set unrealistic goals for themselves. March 31 last was a red-letter day for the country’s estimated 18,000 dairy farmers as it marked the lifting of […]

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Through the chair …

6 Oct , 2015  

A firm believer in the  saying that ‘you only get out of an organisation what you put into it’, Pat Keane was recently elected Chairman of the IFA’s Waterford Livestock Committee and he told Irish Tractor & Agri magazine he is looking forward to speaking out on behalf of the county’s Livestock farmers. The IFA’s […]

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Through the chair

20 May , 2015  

Elected chairman of the IFA Farm Forestry Association two years ago, Michael Fleming is enjoying every minute of the challenging workload the office brings. A member of the IFA for the past 20 years, the Kerry native made his way up through the ranks as county representative, Munster representative and vice-chairman before taking over in […]

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Pig industry punching above its weight

28 Apr , 2015  

The pig production industry makes a massive contribution to the Irish economy. As the third largest farming sector in Ireland, farm gate output equated to €432m in 2012 but producers are facing constant challenges as IFA (Irish Farmers’ Association) Pigs and Pig Meat Committee Chairman Pat O’Flaherty explains. The IFA Pigs and Pig Meat Committee […]

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Eddie on the potato industry

3 Mar , 2015  

In January, 2014, Eddie Doyle was elected chairman of the IFA’s national potato committee. We spoke to the Kilkenny man about how he intends to nurture a better working environment for growers and to heighten the profile of the humble spud, which certainly hasn’t received its fair share of good press in recent times. It’s […]

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