Opinion

Reflections on a challenging year for farmers

Reflections on a challenging year for farmers

Despite the excellent weather and growing conditions most farmers will be asking themselves the question: where did it all go...

December 30, 2014

EU outlook for 2015 to be dominated by dairy, says ICOS

EU outlook for 2015 to be dominated by dairy, says ICOS

The first quarter of 2015 promises to be very busy from an EU agri-legislation front. As January looms, the new...

December 27, 2014

Milk Quota Abolition – 100 Days to go!

Milk Quota Abolition – 100 Days to go!

Today marks 100 days until milk quota abolition in Europe. It’s hard to believe that this restrictive market control regime...

December 21, 2014

2015 – more cows or less cows?

2015 – more cows or less cows?

With the removal of milk quotas only a few months away, many Irish dairy farmers are set to calve and...

December 17, 2014

Does the dairy industry need EU supports?

Does the dairy industry need EU supports?

With less than four months go to until milk quotas are abolished, calls are being made for the introduction of...

December 3, 2014

Transition ‘supports’ don’t help ambitious dairy farmers

Transition ‘supports’ don’t help ambitious dairy farmers

The notion that the EU should introduce ‘support measures’ to help farmers cope with the end of milk quotas is...

December 3, 2014

UK beef industry relationships preferable to Irish

UK beef industry relationships preferable to Irish

There are important differences between farm-level responses to disappointing prime beef cattle prices in the UK and Republic of Ireland...

November 23, 2014

Is the CAP falling apart at the seams?

Is the CAP falling apart at the seams?

Two months ago, EU Farm Commissioner Dacian Ciolos referred to the steps taken by him to provide support for those...

October 30, 2014

Global beef demand has begun to run ahead of world supply

Global beef demand has begun to run ahead of world supply

It is accepted that suckled beef production is vulnerable at EU and world level, even though trans-global consumption, which is...

October 20, 2014

Productivity of food sector needs to be repeated at primary level

Productivity of food sector needs to be repeated at primary level

A recent report by the EU Commission highlights that Ireland’s food industry workers are the most productive in the EU....

October 13, 2014

Drystock farmers should focus on what they can control

Drystock farmers should focus on what they can control

The profitability or otherwise of drystock farming in Ireland has rarely been out of the news of late. I always...

October 3, 2014

Reward for delivering in-spec cattle is abundantly obvious

Reward for delivering in-spec cattle is abundantly obvious

The mystery of how British prime cattle prices rose by 4p-5p last week (w/e September 6) despite a 12% increase...

September 15, 2014

A quiet word of warning to our MEPs

A quiet word of warning to our MEPs

So Big Phil has got the big job as Farm Commissioner, subject to his little chat with members of the...

September 10, 2014

Why should farmers fund their own aid package?

Why should farmers fund their own aid package?

Last week’s news of an ‘Aids to Private Storage’ support package for the dairy sector is a welcome development. But...

September 2, 2014

Levy collection – poll confirms perceived clash of interest

Levy collection – poll confirms perceived clash of interest

Surprise; surprise: 84% of those who participated in our most recent poll affirmed their belief that the collection of levies...

August 29, 2014

Brussels must not be allowed to fudge butterfat re-alignment argument

Brussels must not be allowed to fudge butterfat re-alignment argument

This week’s aid package announcement by Brussels may well turn out to be a double-edged sword for the Irish dairy...

August 29, 2014

Dr Doolittle of dairying at dairy open day

Dr Doolittle of dairying at dairy open day

Anyone with either a current interest in dairy farming – or who intends getting involved in the sector – should...

August 25, 2014

Case for a realistic drainage scheme is clear cut

Case for a realistic drainage scheme is clear cut

Courtesy of the presentation given by Teagasc’s James O’Loughlin, delegates attending this week’s Virginia Show Dairy Conference were left in...

August 22, 2014