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Bernie Commins

Senior News Journalist

Bernie Commins has an honours degree in journalism from Dublin Institute of Technology. She previously worked in the world of agri media as editor of several industry publications and as a journalist she has covered a variety of topics from farm safety to rural-life matters. She also has a background in regional newspaper reporting. From south Tipperary originally, she spent her formative years on her uncle’s dairy farm.

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Overall decrease recorded in use of antimicrobials – WOAH

Overall decrease recorded in use of antimicrobials – WOAH

The use of antimicrobials in animals across the world has shown an overall decrease of 27% between 2016 and 2018,...

No more ‘meaty’ names for plant-based foods in South Africa

No more ‘meaty’ names for plant-based foods in South Africa

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) in South Africa looks set to ban using meat-related words...

Sheep farmers on worm red alert as wet and warm weather persist

Sheep farmers on worm red alert as wet and warm weather persist

Sheep farmers are being advised to be on their guard against nematodirus and stomach worms as warm and wet weather...

Poots visits Royal Highland Show on its 200th anniversary

Poots visits Royal Highland Show on its 200th anniversary

Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland (NI), Edwin Poots, has visited the Royal Highland Show in...

Protocol changes will put agri-food enterprises at risk -Taoiseach

Protocol changes will put agri-food enterprises at risk -Taoiseach

The Taoiseach has said that the British government’s attempts this week to change the Northern Ireland (NI) Protocol, show that...

Spring crops for biodiversity – CAFRE block attracts five pairs of lapwings

Spring crops for biodiversity – CAFRE block attracts five pairs of lapwings

Spring crops growing at the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) farm are showing the true value of...

GDT up 1.5% signalling first increase since March

GDT up 1.5% signalling first increase since March

For the first time since March 1, 2022, the Global Dairy Trade (GDT) index has recorded an increase following its...

Cow milk is top agricultural product in 38 countries – report

Cow milk is top agricultural product in 38 countries – report

The most widely cultivated agricultural commodities worldwide are cow milk, sugar cane, corn, wheat, and rice according to a new...

Bayer joins pledge to end world hunger

Bayer joins pledge to end world hunger

Bayer has joined like-minded companies in the private sector, in signing the Zero Hunger Private Sector Pledge with a $160...

‘It’s the same nugget, just better’ – company harnesses nutritional benefits of bones

‘It’s the same nugget, just better’ – company harnesses nutritional benefits of bones

A Finnish food-tech start-up has discovered a way to get up to 30% more from a single chicken by harnessing...

Despite ‘exceedingly good’ year price rises expected – Premier Foods

Despite ‘exceedingly good’ year price rises expected – Premier Foods

Despite reporting a trading profit in excess of its forecast, Premier Foods, the company that produces Mr. Kipling confectionary and...

British vets warn delaying import checks could lead to ASF threat

British vets warn delaying import checks could lead to ASF threat

British vets have warned that delaying import checks on animals and animal products entering the UK could have serious implications...

Research highlights link between ruminant health and methane emissions

Research highlights link between ruminant health and methane emissions

A new report has highlighted the role that reducing key endemic diseases in ruminants can play in reducing methane emissions...

10,000 cows involved in pilot methane-reduction programme

10,000 cows involved in pilot methane-reduction programme

European dairy co-operative, Arla Foods and global science-based company, Royal DSM are set to start a large-scale, on-farm pilot with...

FAO renews appeal for urgent funding to support Ukrainian farmers

FAO renews appeal for urgent funding to support Ukrainian farmers

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has issued an appeal to bolster agriculture and provide urgent...

Brexit still a big concern for UK farmers and agri-industry

Brexit still a big concern for UK farmers and agri-industry

A UK-conducted study has found that Brexit remains a big concern for farmers and the agri-industry. The agri-business survey, carried...

Lameness-detection capability secures innovation award for NI company

Lameness-detection capability secures innovation award for NI company

Cattle Eye, a livestock-monitoring platform that can help detect lameness in cows, was crowned the winner of the Royal Dairy...

Rural dwellers more likely to report high happiness levels  – DAERA report

Rural dwellers more likely to report high happiness levels – DAERA report

If you live in rural Northern Ireland (NI), you are more likely to be happy, be satisfied with life, and...