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‘Fear factor’ preventing farmers and producers from making complaints over ‘unfair trading practices’

The Unfair Trading Practice’s (UTP) Enforcement Authority has said that while the number of complaints it has received to date is relatively low, this...
Camross Macra

New kid on the block in Laois as Macra set to wake from Covid...

Following a Covid-19 imposed slumber, Macra is back with a bang for young people throughout west Laois – with a catchy new name to...
Farm Safety

Extra precautions urged on Laois farms ahead of busy summer season

As the summer days get longer, temperatures (hopefully) begin to rise, and children are on their school holidays, John Fitzpatrick, Laois IFA chairman, describes...
Larry O'Loughlin

From the Archives – Forty years of local, national and international farming memories

This piece was originally published on LaoisToday in 2018 following Larry O'Loughlin's retirement from Teagasc after a varied 40-year career. Things were very different when...
Macra Mountmellick Walk

Mountmellick Macra to host walk on award winning Laois dairy farm

Mountmellick Macra is to host a walk on an award winning Laois dairy farm next week. They will host an informative evening on Friday May...
National Ploughing Championships

Laois to host World Ploughing Contest later this year after venue switched following Russian...

As well as the National Ploughing Championships, Laois will play host to the World Ploughing contest later this year. Ratheniska will host the world event...

24 Laois farmers hit with burned land penalties in 2021 Basic Payment Scheme

A total of 24 Laois farmers were hit with deductions to their 2021 Basic Payment Scheme after it was proven that land had been...
Ploughing this week on Bobby Millers farm at Knocknambraher near Stradbally

Farmers warned to double down on safety measures as fertiliser and fuel costs lead...

Farmers have been urged to double down on safety measures on their farm and be highly aware of who they're buying from as fuel...
Hennessy Auctioneers Ballyroan

Average price of farmland in Laois creeps up again

The average price of farmland in Laois increased once again in 2021, according to the recent Irish Farmers Journal Land Price Survey. The average price per...
Francie Gorman

CAP information meetings will reveal the ‘depressing reality’ of cuts, says South Leinster IFA...

IFA South Leinster Regional chairman Francie Gorman said the decision by the Department of Agriculture to have only one CAP information evening in South...
John Keane Milk Quota

‘It is baffling to think that the Department are considering reintroducing quotas’ says Macra...

The Laois man who is the national Macra na Feirme president has said the suggestion of re-introducing Milk Quotas is "baffling" and has hit...
Mountmellick Macra Capers

Mountmellick Macra win All-Ireland title for top class variety show

For the first time ever, Mountmellick Macra na Feirme have won the national FBD Capers competition final. On Saturday March 5, in Cappoquin Community Centre,...
Laois IFA Brian Rushe

Brian Rushe: ‘The way Irish food is produced – there is demand for that...

Brian Rushe, the deputy president of the IFA, says that the government needs to remember the social and economical value of agriculture in the...
Bobby Miller

Laois tillage farmer among the winners at Glanbia grain supplier of the year awards

A well-known Laois tillage farmer has been listed among the winners at this year's Glanbia grain supplier of the year awards. Bobby Miller, who farms...
Ossory Show

Ossory Show to be hosted again in July after two-year absence

The Ossory Show, one of Ireland's longest-running agricultural shows, will be held again this year after a two-year absence. Cancelled in 2020 and 2021 because...
Laois IFA AGM

‘The IFA don’t have any threat any more – Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael...

The first in-person Laois IFA AGM was held in the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel this week - and it featured a number of emotive contributions...
Laois IFA AGM

Input costs and climate change challenges among the issues for farmers in 2022, Laois...

Laois IFA chairman John Fitzpatrick says that the biggest challenge for farmers this year will be the price of inputs while the issues of...
PJ Butler Rathdowney RIP

Sadness in Rathdowney and beyond at the passing of PJ Butler

There was sadness in Rathdowney and beyond this week at the death of the widely-respected PJ Butler. Mr Butler served as secretary of Rathdowney IFA...
Pippa Hackett Killeshin

Ministerial visit to one rural part of Laois highlights enterprising agricultural businesses

A visit to the small rural area of Killeshin by Minister Pippa Hackett has been used to highlight what can be achieved by agricultural...
Richard Bond

Vicarstown farmer named as Teagasc’s silage competition winner

Richard Bond from Vicarstown was recently honoured by Teagasc as the winner of silage competition recognising best practice in the farming sector.  Following judging from...
National Ploughing Championships

Organisers ‘planning’ and ‘hopeful’ that National Ploughing Championships will go ahead later this year

Organisers of the National Ploughing Association are planning for this year's event to go ahead in full in Ratheniska in September. NPA assistant managing director...
Farming

Laois farmers invited to share their views about the future of farming

Ifac, the farming, food and agribusiness professional services firm, is encouraging Laois farmers to complete its Farm Survey and have their say about what’s...
Kieran McEvoy Laois IFA

Laois farmer elected as chairperson of IFA national grain committee

Emo-based farmer Kieran McEvoy has been elected as chairman of the IFA's national grain committee. The tillage farmer, who has been Laois IFA grain chairman...
David Kerr Lake Ballyfin

WATCH: Laois farmer’s brand new lake set to feature on popular RTE show tonight

A Laois farm is set to feature on a popular RTE One TV show this evening. The latest episode of Ear To The Ground, which...
Young Farmer

Laois man named Dairy Farmer of the Year for 2021

A Laois man has been named as the Dairy Farmer of the Year for 2021. Trevor Cobbe, from Doolagh in Portarlington, is a member of...
Straw Incorporation Scheme

75 Laois farmers benefit under new Straw Incorporation Measure

A total of 75 Laois farmers will receive payments totaling just under €275,000 under the new Straw Incorporation measure. The total for Laois farmers who...
Eugene Ryan Sustainability Award

Laois farmer honoured at the 2021 Irish Malting Barley awards

Laois farmer Eugene Ryan from outside Portlaoise has been announced as the winner of the inaugural Guinness Sustainability Award at the 2021 Irish Malting...

Laois man sells Limousin heifer for record €18,000 at prestigious Carrick-on-Shannon sale

A Laois man sold a Limousin heifer for a record €18,000 at the Carrick-on-Shannon sale in Leitrim yesterday - having won the category at...
Laois IFA Protest

Laois farmers joined by colleagues from Cork, Tipperary, Kerry and Offaly as they depart...

The Laois IFA delegation to today's national protest in Dublin was joined this morning by farming colleagues from Tipperary, Cork, Kerry and Offaly as...

Bord Bia must recognise the carbon credentials of Irish grown feed, say farmers group

Every avenue needs to be explored to help farmers reduce their carbon footprint without cutting production, says the Irish Grain Growers Group (IGGG), a...