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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...
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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...

Watch: Laois farmer to feature in new Bord Bia environmentally-friendly campaign

Laois dairy farmer, Bruce Thompson, is one of four farmers featured in a new Bord Bia campaign showcasing farmers and growers who are taking...

Laois farmers told to apply for new €8 billion EU Covid 19 recovery fund

Laois farms have been told to apply for a new €8 billion EU Covid-19 recovery fund when it comes on stream in early 2021. The...

588 Laois farmers to receive €2.1 million as GLAS Payments arrive early

A total of 588 Laois farmers have benefitted from the early release of Green Low-Carbon Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS) payments. They have now received €2,100,751.85 between...

Laois man in the running for IFA South Leinster chairman role

Two candidates are in the running for the position of IFA South Leinster Chairman - and a Laois man is among them. Francie Gorman from...

Brisk trade as over 500 registered bidders and over 250 lots at first fully...

The first ever fully online Hennessy Auctioneers machinery auction took place on the Bank Holiday Monday this week. It was initially due to be on...

Laois farmer sells pedigree Simmental bull for record €52,000

Laois farmer Garett Behan is a highly-regarded pedigree cattle breeder and he hit the headlines over the weekend when he sold a Simmental bull...

Local machinery auction to go ahead today after Saturday’s technical difficulties

The Hennessy Auctioneers monthly farm machinery auction has been a regular feature in Laois over the past 20 years, attracting buyers and sellers from...

Laois Connects still making an impact online with social farming

Despite the current pandemic Laois Connects is still making an impact online. Recently, there was a very lively and informed discussion on Social Farming in...

Laois farming family provide the barley for first organic Irish whisky

A Laois farming family are among just six suppliers producing barley for Ireland's first organic whisky. Pat and Denis Booth from The Heath are listed...

World Ploughing Championships confirmed for Laois in 2021

The World Ploughing Championships will be held in Laois in 2021. Ratheniska will be the venue for the event in 12 months time - after...

27 acres of farm land in Clough, Ballacolla, sells for over €400,000

A 27-acre parcel of "prime agricultural land" in Clough, Ballacolla, sold for over €400,000 at auction last week. The land, which was handled by Hennessy...

‘Tillage farmers fighting on their backs to survive’ say IFA as tough harvest continues

It's been one of the toughest harvests in years for tillage farmers and IFA President Tim Cullinan says he wants an immediate assessment from the...

Laois beef farmer elected to national IFA role following postal ballot

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

Laois dairy farmer to feature on Irish Grassland Association online event

With restrictions prohibiting large gatherings from taking place, the Irish Grassland Association’s Dairy Summer Tour will take an on online format this July. And among...

Embrace Farm safety remembrance service to be held online this year

Embrace FARM, the support network for those affected by farm accidents and which was set up by Laois man Brian Rohan, is encouraging people...

Man dies following accident at Kildare Chilling factory

Investigations are underway into a workplace fatality following an accident at a meat factory in Kildare town. The incident occurred yesterday, Thursday, May 14, in...