Opinion: Is it too much to ask for farmers to be paid fairly?

We are being subsidised for falling into categories and boxes, not for farming, writes Emma McCormack who believes subsidies are "a crutch”.

Poll: Should beef farmers stop rearing dairy-bred calves?

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.

Opinion: Are stock bulls a solid step on the ladder that we cannot do without?

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.

Poll: Should suckler farmers receive a payment if their heifer calves before 30-months?

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"

Opinion: Veganism destroys people’s jobs, careers and hopes

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.

"Marts are now paying the price for the expansion of the dairy herd"

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).

“Beef farming was never a profit-making system”

Suckler cow numbers are declining rapidly and unless the sector is protected, Ireland will have no quality beef left in the country, writes Michael Danagher.

Poll: Have safety restrictions discouraged you from attending marts?

Are you satisfied with the health and safety regulations rolled out at cattle marts? - Take our poll!

Opinion: the Heritage Bill is bad news – for our wildlife and for our farmers’ image

“If you consider yourself to be a farmer who cares about your wildlife, then just do the right thing, and leave August and March to the birds” - Pippa Hackett

Opinion: ‘Labour was always a key issue for dairying’

The current labour problems have not come out of nowhere. If the dairy sector had been properly evaluated say five years before quotas were removed, they could have been factored in.

Stuart Says: Biofuels are not an ever-giving free lunch

‘Apparently, in our rush to switch to biofuels from fossil fuels, we seem to have failed to work out where the pathway leads.’ - Stuart Meikle.

Stuart Says: Grazing cattle - we are no longer circling the wagons!

"My expectation is that as society becomes more aware of our food systems, and we will, that Ireland’s laurel-sitting position will become distinctly uncomfortable." - Stuart Meikle.