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Wednesday 8 April 2015

California drought drags milk production down

Water shortages have begun to eat into California's milk production as the authorities impose unprecedented restrictions on usage.

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Farmers Journal weekly podcast: markets for Irish beef

Listen to Justin McCarthy and Phelim O'Neill in conversation about new overseas outlets for Irish beef and lamb and meet Macra na Feirme's new president.

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Wednesday 1 April 2015

New: listen to the Irish Farmers Journal weekly podcast

I'm producing a new weekly podcast series for the Irish Farmers Journal. In the first episode, news editor Pat O’Keeffe, dairy editor Jack Kennedy and agri-business editor Eoin Lowry discuss the future of the dairy industry as milk quotas become history; Thomas Hubert talks to US beef buyer Bruce Firnhaber; and Mairéad Lavery tells us why Maria Walsh is on the cover of Irish Country Living.

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Saturday 28 March 2015

International buyers eye Irish meat

The availability of ritually slaughtered beef and lamb to supply majority Muslim countries has been a recurring theme raised by food buyers visiting Ireland as part of Bord Bia’s Marketplace 2015.

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Friday 17 October 2014

Beef producers' organisations: how do the French do it?

Some 18,000 French beef farmers belong to 38 so-called “non-commercial producer organisations” across the country.

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Thursday 11 September 2014

French beef farmer in two minds about CAP reform

As part of the Farmers' Journal series on CAP reform implementation in EU member states, Breton farmer Olivier Allain says he is in two minds about the decisions made in France.

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Saturday 12 April 2014

Striking gold at the Olympics of cheese

Irish Farmers Journal’s France correspondent Thomas Hubert looks at a group of Irish farmhouse cheese producers making a stir in France.

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Wednesday 11 September 2013

MEP Dantin hopes for superlevy after 2015

French MEP Michel Dantin, who pushed for a post-quota milk market-control mechanism including a levy on over-production last year, hopes to revive his proposal.

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Thursday 20 June 2013

"Why I will be marching in Paris on Sunday"

Beef farmer Olivier Allain will take part in a national demonstration in the French capital on 23 June, on the eve of the last council of European agriculture ministers under the Irish presidency.

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Thursday 6 June 2013

Extensive agricultural damage feared in flooded Central Europe

Continuing floods from Germany to Hungary have affected tens of thousands of hectares of farmland and farming administrations and organizations in the region are scrambling to assess the damage to crops and infrastructure.

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Wednesday 29 May 2013

Our new old house

Thomas Hubert updates Irish Country Living on operation renovation at the family farmhouse.

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Thursday 18 April 2013

France tops EU horsemeat fraud table and turns to national beef

Tests carried out by the French authorities in the past two months as part of the EU-wide drive to detect fraudulent horsemeat in beef products have returned the highest number of positive results.

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Thursday 28 March 2013

CAP convergence: “We cannot go too fast, or we will destabilize entire industries” – French minister

Fresh off the train from his Le Mans constituency in western France, which depends largely on meat and dairy production, France’s minister for Agriculture Stéphane Le Foll sat down with the Irish Farmers’ Journal’s Thomas Hubert to take stock on CAP reform.

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Friday 8 March 2013

CAP reform and meat scandal overshadow Paris agricultural show

When French president François Hollande visited the past two weeks’ Paris agricultural show, his first words were to address the “fraud” that has rocked the European beef industry for the past month, before promising to channel more aid towards animal farming under the new CAP.

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Thursday 24 January 2013

French unfazed by burger scandal

Consumers in France – the largest export market for Irish beef after Britain – seemed to pay little attention to last week’s discovery of horse and pig DNA in Irish and British-made “beef” burgers.

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Wednesday 26 December 2012

French tillage and sheep farmer bucks trend

While many French farmers are considering exiting animal production in the wake of strong grain prices and uncertain meat and dairy markets, 2012 has been another year of investment in sheep for Nicolas Roch.

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Thursday 13 December 2012

Writing is on the wall for French pig farmers

With the cost of feed soaring, a period of high French pork prices coming to an end and welfare and environmental constraints, farmers and analysts in the core French pig farming region of Brittany expect their sector to downsize severely in the coming months.

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Thursday 11 December 2008

French-speaking media carry fair reports of dioxin scare

The dioxin contamination of Irish meat was widely reported in France earlier this week, but then vanished off the shelves as quickly as ham and sausages in supermarkets.

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Thursday 13 November 2008

French government unveils aid plan amid farmers' protests

The French state will spend “dozens of millions of euros” on extragovernment aid for farmers in 2009, minister for agriculture Michel Barnier said Wednesday as demonstrations spread across the country.

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Thursday 25 September 2008

Divergences about post-2013 CAP abound at EU summit

French minister for agriculture Michel Barnier, who invited his EU counterparts on Monday and Tuesday to discuss the future of the CAP after 2013, knew what to expect. “As our British colleague put it, it will be a long road”, Barnier said after the meeting.

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