Opinion

A decade of success for LMC in Northern Ireland

A decade of success for LMC in Northern Ireland

The recent Balmoral Show marked the tenth anniversary of Ian Stevenson’s appointment as chief executive of the Livestock and Meat...

October 4, 2021

Genomic editing: Genetically modifying – what’s the difference?

Genomic editing: Genetically modifying – what’s the difference?

Agriland opinion Rothamsted Research is trying to make great play of the fact that genomic editing is not the same...

September 30, 2021

Soil testing in new NI measures is a great stepping stone

Soil testing in new NI measures is a great stepping stone

I heartily agree with the principle now being espoused by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) in...

August 31, 2021

Are the wheels about to fall off the UK supply chain?

Are the wheels about to fall off the UK supply chain?

As the UK supply chain comes under increasing strain in recent weeks with some shelves appearing empty in supermarkets, and...

August 26, 2021

Letter to the editor: Hare coursing clubs aid conservation

Letter to the editor: Hare coursing clubs aid conservation

I respond to the letter titled: ‘Government is far from eco-aware’ regarding hare coursing. The writer makes a number of...

August 20, 2021

Opinion: Fixing a wire fence and seeing farmer adaptability firsthand

Opinion: Fixing a wire fence and seeing farmer adaptability firsthand

The tremendous adaptability of so many Irish farmers is a trait they very rarely get full credit for. Thoughts of...

August 16, 2021

Opinion: EID tagging of cattle is the future, north and south of the border

Opinion: EID tagging of cattle is the future, north and south of the border

The Irish government is to be congratulated for taking the decision to push ahead with the mandatory electronic (EID) tagging...

August 12, 2021

Irish wool sector deserves a Covid-19 support package

Irish wool sector deserves a Covid-19 support package

Sheep producers in Northern Ireland have until August 12, to apply for the Covid-19 wool sector support measures, confirmed by...

August 3, 2021

Could a ‘Meat Tax’ be on the cards in the UK?

Could a ‘Meat Tax’ be on the cards in the UK?

The latest machination coming from the so-called ‘opinion formers’, who seem to have the ear of government advisors in London,...

July 26, 2021

The school holidays are here – keep children safe on farms

The school holidays are here – keep children safe on farms

The school holidays are here. As a consequence, the coming weeks will see large numbers of children exploring every nook...

June 30, 2021

Balmoral Show in September – many factors to consider

Balmoral Show in September – many factors to consider

There’s nothing I enjoy more than a day out at Balmoral Show. But, in truth, replicating what normally takes place...

June 21, 2021

The future of connectivity for farm machinery

The future of connectivity for farm machinery

Connectivity is a word we hear a great deal nowadays, in many contexts and with many connotations. It has become...

June 20, 2021

Climate Change: How is the farm machinery sector stepping up?

Climate Change: How is the farm machinery sector stepping up?

It often amazes me that the farm machinery sector has not been drawn into the climate change debate that seems...

May 27, 2021

Well worth keeping an eye on the UK / Australia trade deal

Well worth keeping an eye on the UK / Australia trade deal

UK International Trade Secretary Liz Truss MP went on to BBC last Sunday morning (April 25) to confirm that a...

April 27, 2021

The importance of soil – our roots have taught us

The importance of soil – our roots have taught us

Plans have been unveiled to mark World Soil Day 2021. It takes place on Sunday December 5th highlighting the importance...

April 13, 2021

UK beef prices could well take off over the next few years

UK beef prices could well take off over the next few years

If I was a betting man, which I am not, I would take a serious punt on UK beef prices...

March 26, 2021

Letter to the editor: TAC report ‘is a fig leaf for government to hide behind’

Letter to the editor: TAC report ‘is a fig leaf for government to hide behind’

I’m concerned that the Trade and Agriculture Commission (TAC) report, launched March 2, 2021, is merely a fig leaf for...

March 8, 2021

Letter to the editor: It’s now time to ‘dissolve AHDB horticulture and punitive levy’

Letter to the editor: It’s now time to ‘dissolve AHDB horticulture and punitive levy’

I’m writing to you as a carrot grower, an Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) levy payer and chair of...

February 18, 2021