Opinion

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...

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Promoting bull-beef production? I’m not so sure

Promoting bull-beef production? I’m not so sure

Macra na Feirme’s idea to promote bull beef production in this country has as much chance of flying with me...

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Grass – Ireland’s best kept secret

Grass – Ireland’s best kept secret

Ireland’s response to climate change, sustainability, and our future role in helping to feed the world must be viewed through...

June 8, 2021

The business case for biodiversity on World Environment Day

The business case for biodiversity on World Environment Day

By Michael Herlihy, health and environmental manager, Danone Macroom Biodiversity refers to the variety of species of plants, animals, and...

June 5, 2021

Not all cows are equal – sucklers need support

Not all cows are equal – sucklers need support

I believe Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association (ICMSA) president Pat McCormack to be totally ‘off beam’ in calling for a...

June 4, 2021

Letter to the editor: Why the planet does not need dairy

Letter to the editor: Why the planet does not need dairy

Brendan Dunleavy’s far-fetched claims about Elsie the cow and the merits of dairy, in a letter to the editor published...

May 30, 2021

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Have environmentalists forgotten about Brexit?

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Have environmentalists forgotten about Brexit?

Brexit is real and hasn’t gone away, and new UK trade deals loom with very real impacts for Irish agriculture, despite...

May 28, 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

Letter to the editor: Why the planet needs dairy farmers

Letter to the editor: Why the planet needs dairy farmers

If An Taisce and other misguided environmentalists think they can save the planet by curtailing dairy production, they should think...

May 26, 2021

Letter to the editor: ‘Sharp-toothed beef regulator’ needed

Letter to the editor: ‘Sharp-toothed beef regulator’ needed

The Individual Farmers of Ireland tractor protest group is calling on every rural TD to support the call by the...

May 25, 2021

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Blocking food production contravenes Paris Accord

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Blocking food production contravenes Paris Accord

Why is An Taisce and the Environmental Pillar (EP) solely focused on the suppression of Irish agricultural production, and thus against...

May 20, 2021

Protected urea gets a clean bill of health – thankfully

Protected urea gets a clean bill of health – thankfully

The significance of last week’s confirmation by Teagasc, that the use of protected urea does not lead to residues appearing...

May 17, 2021

Arla ‘green bond’ idea makes perfect sense

Arla ‘green bond’ idea makes perfect sense

I think the decision by Arla to issue ‘green bonds’, linked to the attainment of climate change targets within that...

May 14, 2021

Ciaran Fitzgerald: How did An Taisce become so hostile to farming?

Ciaran Fitzgerald: How did An Taisce become so hostile to farming?

The Taoiseach, Micheál Martin’s call on Tuesday (May 11) for An Taisce to drop its appeal against Glanbia’s proposed cheese...

May 13, 2021

Ciaran Fitzgerald: EU Green Deal – new quotas and higher costs

Ciaran Fitzgerald: EU Green Deal – new quotas and higher costs

Standard economic theory suggests an increase in price for goods will cause demand to fall and supply to increase, while...

May 7, 2021

Totally irresponsible to burn land at this time of year

Totally irresponsible to burn land at this time of year

It is not just illegal to burn land at this time of the year, it is also totally irresponsible. I...

May 6, 2021

‘Rancho Relaxo’ beckons for Ireland’s feed compounders

‘Rancho Relaxo’ beckons for Ireland’s feed compounders

Methinks that all the planets have now aligned to deliver an ‘abundance of opportunities’ for Ireland’s animal feed-milling businesses. Let’s...

May 6, 2021

Milk price tracking to what end?

Milk price tracking to what end?

I heartily commend the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association (ICMSA) in developing its new milk price tracking system. However, it...

May 5, 2021