Opinion

Exploring the ‘third option’ for dairy farmers

Exploring the ‘third option’ for dairy farmers

I was recently involved in a discussion with a small group of west of Ireland dairy farmers. While delighted with...

July 31, 2014

What a cup of Swiss coffee says about the sorry state of the Irish beef industry

What a cup of Swiss coffee says about the sorry state of the Irish beef industry

I had the good fortune to travel from Dublin to Zurich with Swissair recently. From the time you get on...

July 30, 2014

Organic inequalities abound

Organic inequalities abound

Last week saw the European Commission publish a report, highlighting the growth of the EU’s organic sector. I think, however,...

July 28, 2014

Negative effect of focusing on milk price

Negative effect of focusing on milk price

Milk price is seldom mentioned on our farm as the sole aim of the business is to operate at low...

July 28, 2014

It’s time the IFA stopped acting like ‘The Grand Old Duke Of York’

It’s time the IFA stopped acting like ‘The Grand Old Duke Of York’

The days are over when calling farmers out on to the streets serves any useful purpose. At one level, the...

July 25, 2014

Options for liquid milk producers do exist but time and effort is needed

Options for liquid milk producers do exist but time and effort is needed

When one examines the Irish liquid milk market some interesting facts emerge. Gone are the days of buying a pint...

July 22, 2014

Using super levies to help the wider dairy industry

Using super levies to help the wider dairy industry

A point overlooked, certainly in this country, in the aftermath of last week’s EU Farm Council Meeting was a call...

July 22, 2014

Corn versus horn – it’s a question of balance

Corn versus horn – it’s a question of balance

I sense that the coming weeks will see the old corn-versus-horn debate re-visited as cereal growers complain bitterly about the...

July 21, 2014

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