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Situation and Outlook in Agriculture 2007/08

Farm incomes returned to their traditional levels in 2006 following a once off boost in 2005 due to increased direct payments arising from the changeover to the Single Farm Payment (SFP) system. The Teagasc National Farm Survey (NFS) results showed that Family Farm Income (FFI) decreased from €22,459 per farm in 2005 to €16,680 in 2006 – a decrease of 25.7%. Gross output per farm declined by 11% with direct and overhead costs each declining by 2% and 0.3% respectively in 2006, resulting in a decline of 1.2% in total costs. When the decline of 25.7% in 2006 is combined with the increase of 44.4% in 2005, the net effect is that farm incomes have increased by 7.2% from 2004 to 2006.

01 December 2007
Type
Report
74 Pages
537KB
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Feed Conversion Efficiency Matters

Pig feed prices have risen sharply since last harvest. They are set to remain high into the future due to increased demand for the manufacture of ethanol and depressed crop yields due to drought in some key grain growing areas.

18 November 2007
Type
Media Article
2 Pages
25KB
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Parasites of the Honeybee

The greatest value of honeybees is in their service as pollinators and this far outweighs their value as producers of honey or honeybee products. In Ireland, the use of honeybees for the pollination of commercial crops is limited and though they facilitate in the pollination of many plants in the countryside; they are kept primarily for honey production. Apiary hygiene and early identification of pests and diseases is crucial in achieving this goal. This publication endeavors to assist beekeepers in detecting, monitoring and treating when possible these diseases in their colonies, thereby improving the general health of bee stocks and subsequently maximizing honey yields.

01 November 2007
Type
Factsheet
80 Pages
1,224KB
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TResearch: Winter 2007

Teagasc Research Magazine - Winter Edition 2007 Lough Melvin: working together to protect a unique environment Interview: Teagasc’s new Director, Professor Gerry Boyle The new nutraceuticals Winter feeding of dairy cows

01 November 2007
Type
Magazine
35 Pages
2,604KB
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Pig Manure

The economic philosophy for any successful business is to maximize output while minimizing input costs. Some in recent years might call this the ‘Ryanair model’ but it is the traditional principle of any production business.

26 October 2007
Type
Media Article
2 Pages
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Pig Conference 2007

Proceedings of National Pig Conference 2007

22 October 2007
Type
Event Proceeding
76 Pages
598KB