Episode 3

Country Life with MJ Clery

Thursday, 18 January 2024 - 41 minutes

With the news of Irish beef allowed entry back to China on the day of Li Qiang's visit to these shores, Pat O Toole from the Irish Farmers Journal chats to MJ about the significance of this development for Irish agriculture. A group of Laois farmers wish to get Mountrath mart open again after its closure some time age, Ken Holmes chats about an upcoming information evening to get cattle back in the ring in the midlands venue. Michael Silke from the Save Our Shannon Organisation speaks about the disquiet amongst callow farmers as a result of payments under the Shannon Callow Scheme where farmers are only receiving a portion of what they are due. The Teagasc National Sheep Conference takes place in Athlone this year. Damian Costello and Tim Keady from Teagasc chat about the event and how nutrition pre lambing is hugely important with a special emphasis on the protein content of concentrate being fed to ewes. With farmers waiting for the entire of 2023 on TAMS updates, finally these came before Christmas. With a little over 20% of farmers being approved, John Curran from the IFA chats about what farmers need to do now if they have not yet received approval.

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