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Businesses and farmers in Laois advised to consider €330m Brexit loan scheme

Minister of State Martin Heydon has advised SMEs and farmers in Laois that a €300m Brexit loan scheme has opened for applications today. The Brexit...
Geashill land

Local 32-acre farm sells for €300,000 at auction

A 32-acre farm in Geashill between Portarlington and Tullamore sold for €300,000 - or €9,400 per acre - at auction this week. The vendors were...
Straw Incorporation Scheme

Straw Incorporation, TAMS and Farm Safety measures welcomed by Laois-based chairman of Irish Grain...

The Laois farmer who is chairman of the Irish Grain Growers Group has welcomed some of the measures introduced in this week's Budget. Bobby Miller,...

Mountrath farm sells for almost €1.2 million as Ballylinan land leased for €400 per...

A Mountrath residential farm of 64 ½ acres sold for €1,160,000 at auction recently, 20% over its reserve price.  Sold in two lots, the 63 acres...

Farmers set to descend upon Portlaoise as IFA announce protest

Farmers are set to flock to Portlaoise on Friday as the Irish Farmers Association has confirmed details of a planned protest. 'Save Irish Farming' is...

Laois Farm Forestry Group meet with Minister Pippa Hackett and public representatives as frustrations...

The Laois Farm Forestry Group (LFFG), which represents the private forest owners and growers in the county met with Senator Pippa Hackett, the Minister...
Farm Forestry

Laois farm forestry sector ‘needs immediate solution to licence backlog’

Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley says that the crisis in the forestry and timber industry cannot be allowed to continue any longer. Last Friday, Deputy...
Larry O'Loughlin Teagaasc

Laois man central as history of Irish agricultural advisory services is brought to book

The history of rural Ireland and the history of the country are deeply intertwined - and that was very evident this week at the...

Government risks making beef sector ‘a global laughing stock’ says local TD

Independent TD for Laois-Offaly, Carol Nolan, has called for a definitive commitment from government that it will not impose any mandatory cuts to the...

Laois farmers encouraged to have their say on the future of CAP

The public consultation on the draft interventions proposed for the 2023-2027 CAP Strategic Plan is being extended by one week. The EU’s common agricultural policy...

Announcement of Mandatory Electronic Identification (EID) for cattle welcomed by local Senator

Electronic Identification is set to be made mandatory for cattle in 2022. From January 1 2022, all approved bovine tag suppliers will be required to...
Brendan McDonald Elephant on the Farm 2

Local children’s book a big success as generous donation made to Crumlin

Lockdown has led to all sorts of positive projects over the past year - and one of them was a children's book published by...
Farm Safety Week

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...