Irish Farmers Journal

  • Average farm incomes rose to over 31,300 euro last year, according to the preliminary results of the 2017 Teagasc National Farm Survey.

    The survey shows a 65% increase in average income for dairy farmers, a 20% increase for tillage, 8% increase for sheep farmers, while incomes are unchanged for cattle farmers.

    Teagasc says the rise in average farm income is almost completely driven by the very large increase in income observed on dairy farms, however, the results also show that 35% of farms earned less than 10,000 euro in 2017.

    More than two-thirds of the farms represented by the survey saw little change in their income last year, compared to 2016.

  • While it might be too soon to say farmers are in a crisis situation due to the current dry spell of weather, they are certainly in a very difficult position.

    That’s according to Irish Farmers Journal News Correspondent Hannah Quinn Mulligan.

    The current dry conditions look set to continue into next week, with no rain forecast for at least another five days.

    Experts are warning farmers to take action now to help reduce issues further down the line.

    As grass growth is slow because of the heat, many farmers are feeding animals the first cut of silage and supplementing with meal.

    This may have a knock-on effect later in the year and fodder stocks.

  • Huge changes are on the way to farmer payments according to leaked CAP proposals that appear in the Irish Farmers Journal.

    Under the proposals payments will be channelled more towards active farmers not earning off farm income and the Department of Agriculture would have to define a new category of ‘Genuine’ farmers.

    There would be more freedom for Dublin to shape policies.

    Farmers with large off-farm income to be penalised, with a €60,000 cap on EU payments to large farmers.

    The new CAP deal is due to come into effect in two years time.