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Farm Safety Week: ‘It can be a dangerous place where the unthinkable can happen...

There's hardly a farm family in the country that haven't had an accident over the years. Some have been minor bumps or scrapes, more have...

Poc Fada and Farm Skills glory for Camross and Portlaoise Macra members

The second Annual Poc Fada final took place on Saturday June 26. Aedin Lowry from Camross Macra and Enda Kehoe Durrow/Abbeyleix both represented Laois in...

‘A win for ordinary farming families’ – Laois TD welcomes High Court decision on...

Four Fine Gael TDs and two Senators have described today’s High Court decision to dismiss An Taisce’s application to apply to the Court of...

Further submissions made in objection to proposed pig farm development – including a second...

Further submissions have been made against a planned pig farm in Ballyfin, including a second letter from Jim Reynolds, the managing director of Ballyfin...

‘We will make environmental changes … but it’s very hard to fund all of...

The chairman of Laois IFA's environmental committee has said that farmers are fully  embracing the ever-increasing list of measures - but there must be...

In Pictures: Laois farmers out in force as IFA seek to highlight climate change...

In another sign that some sense of normality is returning to our lives, the IFA held their first demonstration in well over a year...

Tractors to take to Portlaoise streets this Friday as part of IFA Day of...

A cavalcade of tractors is set to take to the Portlaoise streets this Friday as part of an IFA Day of Action to "highlight...

Laois IFA join farmer-led campaign showcasing the people behind the food

Laois IFA have joined the national launch of a new Agri Aware and IFA campaign. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness about...

National Ploughing Championships trade exhibition CANCELLED for second year

The National Ploughing Association has announced that it has cancelled the trade exhibition element of their annual event for the second year. Around 300,000 people...
Tullamore Show cancelled

Tullamore Show cancelled for second year in a row as organisers plan for 2022

The Tullamore Show has been cancelled for the second year in a row due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The organisers issued a statement this morning...

Laois agri-innovators invited to enter national competition with €5,000 up for grabs

Innovators and entrepreneurs in the agriculture sector based in Laois are being encouraged to enter Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Arena Awards 2021. The competition, ran in...

Laois beef farmer re-elected to national IFA role following postal ballot

Declan Hanrahan, a suckler and beef farmer from Borris-in-Ossory, has been re-elected vice-chairman of the IFA livestock committee. Hanrahan is the current livestock representative for...
Dairy Farms Laois

Dairy farming thriving as milk worth €87 million for rural Laois economy

The value of dairy farming to the rural economy in Laois has been highlighted from new figures released by Glanbia Ireland. The accounts for 2020...

Laois man elected new president of Macra na Feirme

A Laois man has been elected as President of Macra na Feirme - the Irish rural youth organisation. Errill native John Keane takes over from...

Average price of land in Laois increases as supply dries up

The average price of farmland sold in Laois in 2020 increased to almost €14,000 an acre, according to the Irish Farmers Journal annual Land...

Laois farmers reminded to apply for 2021 Basic Payment Scheme

The 2021 Basic Payment Scheme has opened for applications and Cllr Conor Bergin has encouraged all Laois farmers to apply before the deadline of ...

Over 400 lots on offer at online machinery auction in Portlaoise this Saturday

Over 400 lots will be on offer at the Hennessy Auctioneers online machinery auction this Saturday at the old mart in Portlaoise. The catalogue and...

Anna May ‘cautiously optimistic’ that Ploughing can go ahead in September

Anna May McHugh from the National Ploughing Association has said she is "cautiously optimistic" that they can hold this year's event in Ratheniska in...
Dairy Farms Laois

Laois dairy cow numbers have increased by over 70% since 2011 – though tougher...

The number of dairy cows in Laois has increased by almost 21,000 since 2011 which at 71.28% is the highest increase of any county...

‘The primary producer … always seems to take the smallest portion’

The primary producer in farming "always seems to take the smallest portion" and the current forestry felling licence backlog sees everyone else having their...

Laois IFA National Dairy Chairman steps down to contest role in Glanbia

The IFA National Dairy Chairman Tom Phelan has stepped down from his position. Mr Phelan, who is from Laois, informed the committee of his decision...

Laois farmer claims top grain supplier award with Glanbia as other locals also among...

Laois farmer John C Fletcher has claimed the Glanbia Ireland Grain supplier of the Year Award for 2020 and the Seed Barley category champion,...

Laois farmer wins award at National Herds Competition

A Laois farmer has won an award at the Irish Holstein Friesian Association National Herds Competition 2020. Kevin Flynn, of Rearyvalley near Clonaslee, finished second...

Tractor sales increase in Laois in 2020 despite challenging year

There was an 8% increase in new tractor sales in Laois in 2020 compared to 2019. Analysis by the Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association...

Laois farmers encouraged to apply for Sheep Welfare Scheme

The government have announced that the fifth year of the Sheep Welfare Scheme will commence at the start of next month. Existing participants of the...

Laois farmers receive more than €47 million from Department of Agriculture schemes

Between September and December of last year, Laois farmers received over €47 million in payments via different schemes run by the Department of Agriculture. From...

Laois farmers permitted to spread slurry again from today

Laois farmers are allowed to spread slurry, chemical fertiliser and farmyard manure from today in line with EU nitrates directives. The spreading of certain material...

Laois man Francie Gorman elected as IFA South Leinster chairman

Laois farmer Francie Gorman has been elected as the new chairman of South Leinster region of IFA. Gorman, who is from Spink and is a...

Over 350 lots sold at latest online Hennessy Auctioneers machinery auction

The latest Hennessy Auctioneers, machinery auction took place fully online on Saturday, November 21, where there was 437 registered bidders. In all there was 90%...

28 Laois farmers to share €175,000 in Organic Farming Scheme

28 Laois farmers will share a pot of €176,037 under Organic Farming Scheme payments. Minister of State in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the...