Irish Farmers Journal

  • It's emerged that 195 farmers will be directly affected by the proposed Galway City ring road.

    The N6 ring road will run around the city from Barna in the west, to Ballybrit in the East.

     

    Last month, the Cabinet approved the Galway City ringroad development, and announced that - in total - 1,000 compulsory purchase order letters would be issued.

    The Irish Farmers Journal reports that an environmental impact assessment submitted to An Bord Pleanala shows 195 farms are directly affected by the proposed road development.

    The main farm enterprises along the proposed ringroad route are beef and sheep farms -with these lands assessed as having a low to medium sensitivity to the devleopent.

    However, there is one high-sensitivity beef enterprise and two high-sensitivity dairy enterprises along the route.

    Also, the Galway Racecourse is classified as very high sensitivity, due to the equine enterprise and its regional importance.

    In total, 6 dairy farms, 119 beef farms and 4 sheep farms are in some way affected by the proposed road.

    For the environmental impact assessment, the agricultural study area consisted of 195 land parcels and 1,096 hectares of land - of which 219 hectares is within the proposed development boundary.

     

  • 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.

  • Over 21,000 acres of farmland is controlled by so-called vulture funds in Mayo, totalling 19 parcels. That’s according to a report in this week’s Irish Farmers Journal.

    The report has found that every county in Ireland has farmland affected by a vulture fund presence.

    A county breakdown of farm mortgages held by several subsidiaries of US vulture funds, Cerberus and Lone Star showed that the highest concentration of land is in Co Mayo, followed by Galway and Meath.

    Farmers have expressed concerns at their treatment by vulture funds, reporting difficulty in negotiating with receivers and forced land sales.

    They have also expressed their distress over a preference vulture funds seem to have for selling land, rather than working on new loan terms.