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How the Irish sugar industry lives on in Ukraine

How the Irish sugar industry lives on in Ukraine

Used equipment from Ireland’s closed sugar factories in Mallow, Co. Cork and Carlow have aided the resurgence of the sugar...

Did you hear the joke of the Kerry farmer seeking a ‘leading milk price’?

Did you hear the joke of the Kerry farmer seeking a ‘leading milk price’?

Did you hear the one about the poor Kerry dairy farmer looking for a ’13th milk payment’ top-up from his...

Irish agri-food companies urged to capitalise on Ukraine’s ‘brains and grains’

Irish agri-food companies urged to capitalise on Ukraine’s ‘brains and grains’

Irish agri-food companies “simply can’t ignore” opportunities in Ukraine’s cereal and technology sectors, a chief advisor of the Ukrainian Prime...

Ireland’s food industry: an ‘island at the centre of the world’?

Ireland’s food industry: an ‘island at the centre of the world’?

With Brexit looming, Ireland needs to broaden its horizons on the global food market. Instead of being an island at...

Ukrainian agricultural boom: Why it matters to Irish farmers

Ukrainian agricultural boom: Why it matters to Irish farmers

Ukraine has officially reported yet another record grain harvest for 2016, exceeding 66m tonnes in the process. Of this, wheat accounted for 26.8m...

Are Irish beef exports too dependent on stagnant markets?

Are Irish beef exports too dependent on stagnant markets?

Between 2004 and 2014, 4kg out of every 5kg of chilled Irish beef was exported to just four western European...

If Coveney is pushing a property bubble, then Ming is a Celtic Tiger developer!

If Coveney is pushing a property bubble, then Ming is a Celtic Tiger developer!

Recently, MEP Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan accused Minister Simon Coveney of creating a ‘property bubble’ scenario around dairy industry expansion. If...

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...

International milk prices soften again in May

International milk prices soften again in May

After an initial uplift in milk prices at the start of 2015, international milk prices have softened again over the...

Could Ukraine hold the key to competitive feed prices across Ireland?

Could Ukraine hold the key to competitive feed prices across Ireland?

With a new government instigating reforms, and a pivot towards Europe, could the so-called ‘bread-basket’ of Europe offers competitive grain...

‘Irish farmers are not getting value for money on fertiliser prices’

‘Irish farmers are not getting value for money on fertiliser prices’

Irish farmers are not getting value for money on fertiliser purchases. Maybe it’s time they started playing hard-ball?  The European...

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...

Time for Irish agri-sector to rethink the role of EU institutions

Time for Irish agri-sector to rethink the role of EU institutions

Irish-based policy makers need to start pursuing more vigorously the trade opportunities emulating from the EU rather than just viewing...

Irish baby food production can’t be jeopardised by imported ingredients

Irish baby food production can’t be jeopardised by imported ingredients

Food safety concerns relating to dairy ingredients originating from New Zealand in the recent past could potentially boost Irish-made baby...

Know your dairy products: Dairy Carbohydrate – Lactose

Know your dairy products: Dairy Carbohydrate – Lactose

Lactose is the primary constituent in liquid whey. It is the main carbohydrate or sugar in milk. Infant-formula manufacturers and...

International Milk Prices – Year in Review

International Milk Prices – Year in Review

Major international dairy co-operatives, Arla, FrieslandCampina and Fonterra announced milk price reductions in December. Arla’s price fell 1.9 cents to...

Know your dairy products: Dairy Proteins – Whey & Casein

Know your dairy products: Dairy Proteins – Whey & Casein

From an Irish dairy farmer’s perspective, protein it is the most valued commodity listed on their milk statement. Irish co-operatives,...

Know your dairy products: Cheese

Know your dairy products: Cheese

Cheese exports accounted for over €24 billion or 38% of total dairy exports in 2013. The importance of cheese production...