articles about opinion
"We take control of our own destiny. We can control costs inside our farm gate but have no control for the price we get outside our gate."
“The balance of power as it currently stands is entirely skewed against the ordinary farmer.”
This grass-fed standard seeks to intrinsically link a by-product of the dairy industry- dairy-beef - with our premium grass-fed suckler beef, writes Dermot Kenneally.
‘In-spec requirements shouldn't be the criteria for all cattle presented for slaughter if all markets don't require these conditions’
Until we get these questions answered, farmers have no control, no say, and no choice, writes Pat Maher.
Opinion: 'As someone who lost their leg around farm machinery, I could not have been more horrified'
"It showcased a young teenager in a piece of machinery that could have cost them their life, if accidentally activated!"
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, but an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty”.
Opinion: 'Farmers who have cattle ready to kill are going to have to bring them to the factory'
We are being subsidised for falling into categories and boxes, not for farming, writes Emma McCormack who believes subsidies are "a crutch”.
Pearse Kelly- Teagasc has said a dairy farmer would need to pay a beef farmer €140 on top of a Jersey-cross calf to finish him as a 24-month steer at current beef prices.
Does the bull still have a place on modern Irish livestock farms, or has AI sailed miles ahead in recent year? – Emma McCormack – a final-year Agriculture student - shares her views.
ICSA is proposing a payment of €80/calved suckler herd provided that they calve before 30-months. “It reduces the amount of dry heifers walking around a farm that are unproductive"
If veganism really and truly was the way forward, there would be more than just 5% of our global population on the bandwagon, writes Emma McCormack.
I think the day of livestock marts being the lifeblood of Rural Ireland is slowly dying out; the quality of cattle going through marts is declining rapidly , writes Michael Danagher (26).