Opinion

Opinion: The horns of a dilemma

Opinion: The horns of a dilemma

I thought it was illegal to put cattle with horns into a sale ring. But seemingly not at the present...

August 12, 2022

Opinion: Is new light being shed on 6-row, hybrid barleys?

Opinion: Is new light being shed on 6-row, hybrid barleys?

Syngenta wants cereal growers to invest in the company’s hybrid barley varieties? There’s nothing new in that. However, I feel...

July 15, 2022

Opinion: Northern Ireland in the BVD ‘slow lane’

Opinion: Northern Ireland in the BVD ‘slow lane’

Great news – Dublin will soon be in a position to request ‘official freedom’ status, where Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD)...

July 12, 2022

Opinion: Is Britain about to become a pariah state?

Opinion: Is Britain about to become a pariah state?

The term ‘pariah state’ is not one to be thrown about lightly; it is reserved for countries ruled by groupings...

June 15, 2022

Opinion: Edwin Poots must intervene in DAERA debacle

Opinion: Edwin Poots must intervene in DAERA debacle

Northern Ireland’s agriculture minister Edwin Poots has said that he cannot intervene in the debacle regarding the Department of Agriculture,...

May 24, 2022

Opinion: Brexit becoming an unmitigated disaster for UK agriculture

Opinion: Brexit becoming an unmitigated disaster for UK agriculture

Up to this point, Brexit is turning out to be an unmitigated disaster for production agriculture in the UK. And...

May 23, 2022

Opinion: Thank goodness for blight warning after cold days at Balmoral

Opinion: Thank goodness for blight warning after cold days at Balmoral

I mean no harm to potato growers, but I was never so glad to hear that a blight warning has...

May 13, 2022

Opinion: What might farmers be chatting about at the Balmoral Show?

Opinion: What might farmers be chatting about at the Balmoral Show?

This year’s Balmoral Show (May 11-14) takes place against the backdrop of real change impacting every sector of agriculture in...

May 10, 2022

Letter to the editor: Conflict must not overshadow climate concerns

Letter to the editor: Conflict must not overshadow climate concerns

While our thoughts are with the people of the Ukraine, some of the polarised arguments circulating in response to the...

May 1, 2022

Opinion: Calculating the value of conditioning

Opinion: Calculating the value of conditioning

We all know that conditioning accelerates the wilting of the crop in the field, which in turn increases fermentation and...

April 14, 2022

Opinion: It’s not all bad news, where agriculture is concerned

Opinion: It’s not all bad news, where agriculture is concerned

Let’s be honest, despite all the headlines, it’s not all bad news where agriculture is concerned at the present time....

April 11, 2022

Opinion: UFU surely welcomes changes to bTB regulations

Opinion: UFU surely welcomes changes to bTB regulations

By all accounts, it has been a marvellous start to the year for the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) and its...

March 28, 2022

Opinion: What does future sustainability look like for Irish farmers?

Opinion: What does future sustainability look like for Irish farmers?

Here’s an interesting conundrum – what does sustainability really look like for Irish farmers into the future? Yes, I know...

March 16, 2022

Opinion: Beef export opportunities will beckon in the UK

Opinion: Beef export opportunities will beckon in the UK

There is now a growing belief that beef export opportunities will beckon in the UK for Irish meat processers over...

March 15, 2022

Opinion: NI greenhouse gas emission projections tell a shocking tale

Opinion: NI greenhouse gas emission projections tell a shocking tale

The latest greenhouse gas (GHG) emission projections for Northern Ireland (NI) confirm that agriculture is lagging behind the rest of...

March 8, 2022

Farming must have ‘zero tolerance’ for animal cruelty

Farming must have ‘zero tolerance’ for animal cruelty

The term ‘animal cruelty’ is a very emotive one and, no doubt, will jar with every farmer reading this article....

February 18, 2022

Opinion: Poots fighting for his political life

Opinion: Poots fighting for his political life

Northern Ireland Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots is fighting for his political life in the wake of his failure to secure...

January 29, 2022

Opinion: Gene editing is Frankenstein science

Opinion: Gene editing is Frankenstein science

Gene editing (GE), as defined by the latest UK legislation, is ‘Frankenstein science’ and should be called out as such, in...

January 28, 2022