Opinion

EU decision on Processed Animal Protein makes absolutely no sense

EU decision on Processed Animal Protein makes absolutely no sense

The recent decision by the European Union (EU) to allow the inclusion of certain animal protein sources in livestock diets...

July 29, 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

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Food pricing issue remains a core challenge

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Food pricing issue remains a core challenge

As I have said previously, the EU Green Deal, while clearly admirable in concept, contains a continuing disconnect in EU...

July 19, 2021

Farm safety – too much carrot and not enough stick?

Farm safety – too much carrot and not enough stick?

Farm safety is one of the most emotive subjects that an agricultural journalist will ever write about. I well remember...

July 19, 2021

It’s time for the whingeing in farming to stop

It’s time for the whingeing in farming to stop

Whingeing is a word that I would rarely use. However, I have had a few beef finishers on to me...

July 15, 2021

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Global food demand will continue to increase

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Global food demand will continue to increase

This month saw the publication of a couple of reports that go to the heart of the requirement for balance,...

July 12, 2021

Let the good times roll for Irish agriculture

Let the good times roll for Irish agriculture

It’s all good. The significance of Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue projecting a positive outlook for...

July 8, 2021

‘Peak milk’ – a tale of two different principles

‘Peak milk’ – a tale of two different principles

Strathroy Dairy’s handling of its ‘peak milk’ challenge, relative to the steps taken by Glanbia when confronted with the same...

July 5, 2021

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Ireland needs agri-food exports for economic survival

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Ireland needs agri-food exports for economic survival

Ireland’s stellar export performance in terms of agri-food exports, is a key true strength of the agri-food economy. Ireland exports...

July 2, 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

It’s time that the methane issue is put in proper context

It’s time that the methane issue is put in proper context

I am heartened by the fact that the livestock industry is – at long last – waking up to the...

June 28, 2021

CAP discussions fast becoming a side show

CAP discussions fast becoming a side show

Truth be told, the minutiae of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) discussions taking place in Brussels at the moment, are...

June 25, 2021

Ciaran Fitzgerald: ‘Misleading’ EU auditors’ report on CAP climate spend

Ciaran Fitzgerald: ‘Misleading’ EU auditors’ report on CAP climate spend

There is a well-known management consultancy maxim that suggests that a policy based only on using a hammer, sees every...

June 25, 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

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Government should support farmers to plan long-term

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Government should support farmers to plan long-term

Stability and policy coherence supports long-term investment while confusion and contradiction only undermines it and this applies to business and...

June 18, 2021

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Agriculture needs to better promote its strong economic story

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Agriculture needs to better promote its strong economic story

Ireland’s notorious gross domestic product (GDP) figures, which memorably saw a 25% increase in just three months in 2015, are...

June 14, 2021

Is mandatory milk recording on the way?

Is mandatory milk recording on the way?

Recent news that milk-recording levels on Irish dairy farms are increasing is to be welcomed. But, in many ways this...

June 14, 2021