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Macra Annual 2017 in the IFJ on Thursday

12 December 2017
Macra Annual 2017 in the IFJ on Thursday

This week on Thursday 14th of December we publish the Macra na Feirme Magazine for 2017. In a new venture, the magazine will be distributed as a special supplement in the Irish Farmers Journal . The magazine will display the very best...

MACRA NA FEIRME CHARTS A COURSE FOR THE NEXT SEVEN YEARS

08 December 2017
MACRA NA FEIRME CHARTS A COURSE FOR THE NEXT SEVEN YEARS

The Macra na Feirme Strategic Plan 2017 – 2023 Rurally Active, Engaging & Transforming launches today.

Macra na Feirme has today launched its new Strategic Plan for 2017 – 2023. Rurally Active, Engaging & Transforming sets...

Nitrates Extension Welcomed

06 December 2017
Nitrates Extension Welcomed

Macra na Feirme National President James Healy welcomed the announcement of a four year extension to the Nitrates derogation under the Nitrates Action Plan by Ministers Creed and Murphy and their respective department officials. 

The...

KILKENNY MAN CLAIMS YOUNG FARMER OF THE YEAR TITLE

28 November 2017
KILKENNY MAN CLAIMS YOUNG FARMER OF THE YEAR TITLE

KILKENNY MAN CLAIMS YOUNG FARMER OF THE YEAR TITLE

The 19th FBD Young Farmer of the Year has been named as PJ O’Keeffe, a young dairy farmer from Callan, Co.Kilkenny. He has won the prestigious title following a challenging interview...

Macra na Feirme/Triace All Ireland Public Speaking Finals Take Place This Weekend

27 November 2017
Macra na Feirme/Triace All Ireland Public Speaking Finals Take Place This Weekend

The Macra na Feirme All Ireland Public Speaking finals take place this weekend in Virgina, Cavan on Saturday evening December 2nd.

As always there are two categories being contested, public speaking and impromptu public speaking.This year we are...

Who Will Be Crowned the FBD/Macra na Feirme Young Farmer of the Year 2017?

24 November 2017
Who Will Be Crowned the FBD/Macra na Feirme  Young Farmer of the Year 2017?

The awards ceremony takes place next Tuesday 28th of November in Mayo

It’s one of the most prestigious awards in the Irish agriculture sector and Macra na Feirme is pleased to announce that we will crown the 2017 Young Farmer of the Year...

Young farmer organisations want the scientific facts to determine the future of glyphosate

09 November 2017
Young farmer organisations want the scientific facts to determine the future of glyphosate

The Macra na Feirme National President James Healy has strongly encouraged young farmer organisations to outline the key scientific principles behind plant protection and herbicide substances to their member state agricultural ministers in...

Macra Encourage Farmers to ‘Use it or Lose it’ in relation to the Stamp Duty Amnesty

25 October 2017
Macra Encourage Farmers to ‘Use it or Lose it’ in relation to the Stamp Duty Amnesty

Macra na Feirme national president James Healy has encouraged farmers to act on the proposed changes to stamp duty in the Finance Bill saying, ‘This is a three year window, farmers need to use it or lose it’.

 

The removal of...

The ‘Make It Meath’ Macra na Feirme Royal Rally 2017 Has Arrived

23 October 2017
The ‘Make It Meath’ Macra na Feirme Royal Rally 2017 Has Arrived

The jewel in the crown of the Macra na Feirme year has arrived as over 2,000 Macra members descend on Gormanston, for the 2017 Macra na Feirme Rally this weekend (October 27th – 30th) at the CityNorth Hotel and Conference Centre. Hosted for...

Plan Your Winter Feed Strategy with Aurivo and Macra na Feirme Young Farmer Skillnet

11 October 2017
Plan Your Winter Feed Strategy with Aurivo and Macra na Feirme Young Farmer Skillnet

Aurivo and Macra na Feirme Young Farmer Skillnet are hosting an animal nutritionist workshop and post-budget day analysis with IFAC Accountants on Tuesday 17th of October at Dorrians Hotel, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal and Tuesday 24th October at...

Macra na Feirme says ‘Budget 2018 is an inch deep and a mile wide’

10 October 2017

Rural Youth Organisation gives a lukewarm welcome to Budget 2018

Macra na Feirme National President James Healy has given a lukewarm welcome to Budget 2018 saying the budget offers, ‘something for everyone but it didn’t go far enough...

Macra na Feirme highlights priorities for Budget 2018

05 October 2017
Macra na Feirme highlights priorities for Budget 2018

Macra na Feirme highlights priorities for Budget 2018

During a briefing with TD’s and Senators earlier this week, including Agriculture, Food and the Marine Minister Michael Creed, and opposition spokespeople on Finance and Agriculture,...

2017 Club of the Year Finalists

03 October 2017
2017 Club of the Year Finalists

Announcing our 2017 Club of the Year Finalists

• Mountmellick, Laois
• Freemount, Avondhu
• Ramor, Cavan
• Glanmire, Seandun
• Aghinagh, Muskerry
• Ballinascarthy, Carbery

Congratulations and best of luck to all...

MACRA PRESIDENT WELCOMES PUBLICATION OF EU YOUNG FARMER SURVEY

27 September 2017
MACRA PRESIDENT WELCOMES PUBLICATION OF EU YOUNG FARMER SURVEY

Speaking from the European Parliament in Brussels today (Wednesday, September 27, 2017), Macra na Feirme National President James Healy has welcomed publication of the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) Survey of young farmers.

The Young...

Macra na Feirme's 'Operation Transformation' for Young Beef Farmers gets underway

26 September 2017
Macra na Feirme's 'Operation Transformation' for Young Beef Farmers gets underway

A year-long training programme dubbed as 'Operation Transformation' for beef farmers got underway yesterday as 15 Macra na Feirme members took part in a 'Live to Dead' factory tour followed by a communications session.

The Young...

Important Macra Rally Announcement

05 September 2017
Important Macra Rally Announcement

Hi All,

This is the email your club secretary will receive at 9 am tomorrow - please note there will be a link included on the email.

 

Dear Club Secretary,

Please find below the link for the general sale of the Macra na Feirme Annual...

Macra and Dawn Meats launch Young Beef Farmer Sustainability Programme (YBFSP)

14 August 2017
Macra and Dawn Meats launch Young Beef Farmer Sustainability Programme (YBFSP)

Closing date for applications to the programme is 3rd September 2017

 

Macra na Feirme's Young Farmer Skillnet has announced the launch of its Young Beef Farmer Sustainability Programme in association with Dawn Meats.  The...

2017 Macra na Feirme/FBD Young Farmer of the Year

08 August 2017
2017 Macra na Feirme/FBD Young Farmer of the Year
It’s one of the most prestigious awards in the Irish agriculture sector and Macra na Feirme is pleased to announce that the search has begun for the 2017 FBD Young Farmer of the Year. Young farmers involved in sectors such as beef, dairy,...

Macra na Feirme Backs Irish Cattle Breeding Federation Funding

02 August 2017

Macra na Feirme backs the recent agreement of ICBF funding from tag supplying companies. 

Today, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed announced that an agreement has been reached for a 38 cent contribution on the sale of cattle tags, from...

‘Beef has to have a viable future to be an attractive career’

13 July 2017

Macra na Feirme National President James Healy has said it is, ‘Critical that the foundations and structures of the future of the beef sector are robust enough to ensure generational renewal is a viable proposition in beef farming.’...

Former Macra President Elected VP of EU Farming Body

07 July 2017

Macra na Feirme National President James Healy has offered his heartiest congratulations to former Macra na Feirme President Sean Finan on his election as a Vice President of the European Council of Young Farmers, CEJA.

National President James...

Macra na Feirme congratulations CEJA President Alan Jagoe as he completes his term

06 July 2017
Macra na Feirme congratulations CEJA President Alan Jagoe as he completes his term

Speaking in Brussels this morning (Thursday) at the European Council of Young (CEJA) Farmers General Assembly today, Macra na Feirme National President James Healy complemented the outgoing President of CEJA, Alan Jagoe.

“Macra na Feirme...

Macra Yield’s Grass Measuring Equipment Funding for Young Farmers

05 July 2017
Macra Yield’s Grass Measuring Equipment Funding for Young Farmers

Funding for precision grass measuring equipment has recently been added to the list of items available for grant aid through Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Schemes (TAMS)  under the Young Farmer Capital Investment Scheme, the Animal...

Macra na Feirme’s 2017 Photo Competition Reaches the Halfway Stage

20 June 2017
Macra na Feirme’s 2017 Photo Competition Reaches the Halfway Stage

We are halfway through the Macra na Feirme photo competition for 2017 which is giving Irish farm families the chance to win a €200 gift voucher each month for 2017, with the overall winner at the end of the year receiving €1,000.

The ...

Macra na Feirme make history in Croke Park

16 June 2017
Macra na Feirme make history in Croke Park

‘The most memorable Macra event I’ve ever attended’ said one Macra na Feirme member as the Croke Park Challenge Cup final between Massey Kickhams and McHale Shamrocks drew to a close.

Over 60 players representing Macra clubs...

Macra na Feirme President welcomes new Taoiseach

14 June 2017
Macra na Feirme President welcomes new Taoiseach

Macra na Feirme President James Healy has congratulated Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar on his appointment as Taoiseach and would like to wish him well in his role as the new leader of our country.

He said, ‘The new Taoiseach visited our...

2017 Macra na Feirme Challenge Cup

02 June 2017
2017 Macra na Feirme Challenge Cup

On the 13th of June Macra na Feirme will take to the pitch in Croke Park where 60 players will get to experience what it feels like to play in the historic stadium as they partake in the 2017 Macra na Feirme Challenge Cup.

 

It’s an...

Macra na Feirme’s Six-Pack of Priorities to tackle Brexit

19 May 2017
Macra na Feirme’s Six-Pack of Priorities to tackle Brexit

At the Seanad Special Select Committee on the UK Withdrawal from the European Union, Macra na Feirme proposed a six-pack of priorities to reduce the impact of Brexit on young farmers and young people living in Rural Ireland.

Speaking at the...

My Journey as Macra na Feirme President

11 May 2017
My Journey as Macra na Feirme President

Having driven 101,000 miles in the past two years my term as the 35th National President of Macra na Feirme came to an end last Saturday at our National AGM.

Congratulations to the members of Leitrim County Executive for being fantastic hosts to...

Low Cost Credit for Young Farmers and Mental Health the focus for new Macra na Feirme President

09 May 2017
Low Cost Credit for Young Farmers and Mental Health the focus for new Macra na Feirme President

The newly elected 36th president of Macra na Feirme James Healy has called on Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to put, 'together a package of measures and incentives specifically for young farmers including further access to low cost credit...