Opinion

EU’s €500m package must deliver structural changes to supply chain

EU’s €500m package must deliver structural changes to supply chain

The measures announced by the European Commission to help farmers across the EU are to be welcomed. The outcomes of...

September 8, 2015

Has Northern Ireland one too many lobby groups?

Has Northern Ireland one too many lobby groups?

United we stand: divided we fall is an old adage – but a true one. And it strikes a particular...

September 4, 2015

US market offers an outlet for UK carcass trimmings

US market offers an outlet for UK carcass trimmings

The export target for Irish beef in the US should be carcass trimmings which would be used to manufacture burgers....

August 12, 2015

Dairy farmers need up-to-date information on European dairy figures

Dairy farmers need up-to-date information on European dairy figures

We talk about Global Dairy Trade (GDT) auctions a lot in Ireland – maybe it is because of the failure...

July 29, 2015

Glanbia has key questions to answer regarding its new share offer

Glanbia has key questions to answer regarding its new share offer

Glanbia is fast gathering a significant rump of highly disgruntled farmer suppliers within its ranks, all of whom are totally...

July 24, 2015

Brexit: ‘No chance’ UK will leave the EU

Brexit: ‘No chance’ UK will leave the EU

Odds being laid in Brussels on whether the UK will quit the EU stand at around 1/6 on – which...

July 23, 2015

Some people think a 12-year-old driving a tractor is crazy – and they’re right

Some people think a 12-year-old driving a tractor is crazy – and they’re right

When non-farming people hear of a 13-year-old driving a tractor on a public road, they find it crazy that such...

July 15, 2015

Publication of farm payments should be applied to all sectors

Publication of farm payments should be applied to all sectors

The publication of farm payments to farmers across Europe, including Ireland last Saturday, caused a storm in a teacup that...

June 2, 2015

Beef – it’s all about taste and the US delivers

Beef – it’s all about taste and the US delivers

I have just returned from the US, where I attended the 2015 Alltech symposium. While there, I made it my...

May 22, 2015

Thoughts turn to improving beef market stability as prime cattle prices in UK crash

Thoughts turn to improving beef market stability as prime cattle prices in UK crash

British finishers are wincing at the most recent evidence that the UK’s prime beef cattle market is unacceptably volatile. And,...

April 27, 2015

No point crying over spilt milk – quotas are gone and opportunity knocks

No point crying over spilt milk – quotas are gone and opportunity knocks

Today is possibly one of the most historically important days in Irish agriculture as we, finally, see the end of...

April 1, 2015

Boiling point on beef 5th quarter may see value of deadweight cattle reassessed

Boiling point on beef 5th quarter may see value of deadweight cattle reassessed

The rise in export value of unpaid fifth quarter beef products could trigger re-examination of how value of deadweight cattle...

March 31, 2015

Milk quotas end: The battle is won, but the war continues

Milk quotas end: The battle is won, but the war continues

Later this week milk quotas will be ancient history, whatever are we going to talk about? It seems that some people...

March 30, 2015

UK’s beef farmers pleased Commissioner could probe ex-farm price of slaughter cattle

UK’s beef farmers pleased Commissioner could probe ex-farm price of slaughter cattle

Yet more public criticism of supermarket purchasing strategies has persuaded beef breeders and finishers in the UK that their long-term...

March 19, 2015

Why all the fuss over greening?

Why all the fuss over greening?

The last fortnight has seen a very strong media focus on the potential impact of greening on Irish agriculture. And,...

March 16, 2015

Suggestions that better education can improve farm safety are insulting nonsense

Suggestions that better education can improve farm safety are insulting nonsense

Last week I met an Irish dairy farmer who was recently heavily criticised by his advisor and discussion group colleagues...

February 24, 2015

The correct place for beef in the climate change debate is essential

The correct place for beef in the climate change debate is essential

Last month’s news that the US government, which is about to issue new healthy eating guidelines, will for the first...

February 1, 2015

It’s time to get tough with rogue farmers

It’s time to get tough with rogue farmers

The vast majority of Irish farmers work tirelessly to maintain the fabric of their businesses and, in so doing, act...

January 16, 2015