Cattle supplies tighter and prices stronger - IFA

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The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has said cattle supplies are tighter this week and prices are stronger, with agents reporting it much harder to get stock and having to pay 5c/kg more. IFA national livestock chairman Angus Woods said that the change in the weather, along with the calving and lambing season, has resulted in an extremely busy time for farmers.

Lower-interest loan scheme

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The lower-interest loan scheme promoted by the Government was launched in late January. John Fitzgerald of Bank of Ireland outlined the stipulations around the credit scheme, and how it can be used, when he spoke to Matt O'Keeffe recently.

Young farmer scheme to maximise grass potential

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Macra na Feirme has submitted an amendment to the Rural Development Programme to include grazing infrastructure under TAMS (Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Schemes). The organisation recently met with Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, and his officials to present the proposed amendment.