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Charlie McConalogue Farm Walk

Agriculture Minister pledges to attend Laois IFA AGM if reappointed on visit to local...

Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue, pledged to attend the AGM of Laois IFA in January if reappointed in the cabinet reshuffle, during a visit to...

Massey Ferguson remains Laois’s most popular tractor brand

The total number of tractors taxed in Laois in 2021 increased to over 3,000, according to figures released recently in the Irish Bulletin of...
George Ramsbottom Kenya

Laois man shares his experience following trip to Kenya to learn about farming practices

Luggacurren man George Ramsbottom, who is a dairy specialist with Teagasc, recently visited Kenya to gain a better understanding of farming practices there. In conjunction...

Fears that costly badger vaccination programme will increase population and negatively impact livestock

Local Fianna Fail Cllr Eddie Fitzpatrick says he fears that the badger vaccination programme will have an adverse impact on livestock. The Portarlington based Councillor,...
Ploughing

BREAKING: National Ploughing Championships confirmed for Laois once again in 2023

The National Ploughing Championships are set to return to Ratheniska in Laois once again in 2023. The news was confirmed this evening by managing director...

In Pictures: Wonderful selection of images from Day 1 of the Ploughing

Over 91,000 spectators attended Day 1 of the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska. It was like old times as thousands thronged to the hugely popular...
Macra

Laois Macra group briefed on study into how beef cattle emissions can be reduced

Members from the Laois Chapter of Macra na Feirme recently visited ABP’s Demonstration Farm in Clonegal in Carlow. The group received a briefing on results...
Ploughing

‘Minister confirms ploughing and tilling ban being considered on carbon rich soils in the...

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine has confirmed that proposals are being examined which may include recommending a ban on ploughing and...
Ard Eireann Macra

Laois Macra group planning first event of new season with ‘pizza party’

Ard Eireann Macra na Feirme is set to hold its first event of the new Macra year this Friday. On September 9 from 8pm, the...
IFA President Tim Cullinan presented joint Honorary Life Membership to Dan & Breda O’Connell from Vicarstown IFA Branch

Laois farming couple receive joint honoury life membership of Irish Farmers’ Assocation

A Ballybrittas farming couple received joint honorary life membership of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) at a function in the Maldron Hotel, Portlaoise, recently. Tillage...
National Ploughing Championships

Full steam ahead for Anna May as countdown is on for National Ploughing Championships

Her working days kick off from 7.30am and she is busy late into the night. The powerhouse that is octogenarian Anna May McHugh, managing...
Kieran McEvoy Laois IFA

Good yields but fertiliser price threatens margin for tillage farmers for Harvest 2023, says...

IFA national Grain Chairman Kieran McEvoy, from Emo, has said winter barley, winter oats and winter rape are now all completed - but concerns...
Ossory Show Belgian Blues

Belgian Blue All Ireland competitions held at Osssory Show

After a three-year hiatus, the Ossory Show returned last weekend - and one new feature as the Irish Belgian blue cattle-breeding society brought their...
Farm Safety

‘Farm incomes are not poker chips that Government parties can gamble recklessly with’ says...

Government parties are treating the agri-sector and farm incomes as if they were poker chips on the gambling table, a local TD has said. Independent...
Farm Safety

‘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...