Opinion

Dairy expansion – get big or get out? Or is there a third option?

Dairy expansion – get big or get out? Or is there a third option?

Dairy expansion came to mind recently and I began to compile a list of families I know who had went into...

July 17, 2014

Some dairy losses are really hard to take

Some dairy losses are really hard to take

I called in with a very good friend of mine a few days ago, only to find him driving his...

July 6, 2014

At last, Coveney takes the meat plants to task

At last, Coveney takes the meat plants to task

Trust has broken down between the factories and Irish beef farmers. This is a clear fact, alluded to in today’s...

July 4, 2014

Organic farming has to be part of beef debate

Organic farming has to be part of beef debate

Today was definitely a good day for those involved in organic farming. Currently, in Ireland, there are over 100,000 farmers with...

July 3, 2014

‘It’s safe – just eat it’ attitude won’t win the pro-GMO lobby any support 

‘It’s safe – just eat it’ attitude won’t win the pro-GMO lobby any support 

I read a opinion piece recently lambasting the European attitude to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the ignorance about science....

July 2, 2014

CAP agreement for Northern Ireland – a deal well done!

CAP agreement for Northern Ireland – a deal well done!

Northern Ireland Farm Minister Michelle O’Neill has kept to her word and delivered a CAP deal for Northern Ireland that...

July 2, 2014

The IFA can’t have it both ways on transparency

The IFA can’t have it both ways on transparency

The word ‘transparency’ is one that is used by the IFA on an almost daily basis. For the past number of...

June 23, 2014

Farmers must be paid realistic prices for beef

Farmers must be paid realistic prices for beef

Emotions were running high in the tent used to host the forum discussion at the Beef 2014 event, held at...

June 20, 2014

Farming for profit? Profit for loss?

Farming for profit? Profit for loss?

Agriland recently reported on a Teagasc Dairy Expansion seminar where it was stated that ‘If you’re not farming for profit,...

June 19, 2014

IFA protest a meagre attempt to represent farmers

IFA protest a meagre attempt to represent farmers

If the best the IFA can do to help beef farmers is to stage a ‘surprise’ protest of 50 or...

June 18, 2014