All the latest farming news, comments and editorial opinions from the Irish Farmers Journal

Call to action loud and clear on CAP
Jack Kennedy
The more preparatory work you can do now, the easier the application process will be in the coming weeks.
1 February 2023 Viewpoints
Women leading from the front
All farm families face challenges around proper work flexibility, minding kids, and the changing face of what were once seen as traditional roles for the man or woman on Irish farms.
25 January 2023 Viewpoints
Sheep shocks heighten industry anxiety
We can now clearly see that the lamb price rise from 2020 is simply not enough to cover the farm inflation costs that have simply overtaken any market increase.
Stacking up funding for outside investors in forestry
Farmers have been excluded from considering forestry as an option by the poor performance of the Department.
18 January 2023 Viewpoints
Speak up or put up with new pesticide rules
It’s as if we are trying to manage farmers out of business – the cart before the horse.
18 January 2023 Viewpoints
Suckler compensation ruled out in Thomond showdown
Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue ruled out an option to compensate suckler farmers to get out of or reduce suckler cow numbers.
11 January 2023 Viewpoints
Bord Bia output prices show great promise, but what about profits?
While there is much positivity to be derived from the latest Bord Bia output figures, they must be set in the context of ongoing challenges on farm.
11 January 2023 Viewpoints
Dumping nutrients needs to be punished
Slurry dumping should be stopped. It all comes back to having adequate nutrient capacity for livestock on farms.
4 January 2023 Viewpoints
Sucklers: cow compensation timing important
We need a full economic appraisal of what different options will mean for farm incomes.
4 January 2023 Viewpoints
Nitrates - broad brushstroke stocking rate ill-judged
Farmers will, or at least should have, no problem with many of the proposed positive changes to manage nutrients.
14 December 2022 Viewpoints
Milk price rise but costs spiral on dairy farms
Milk price gets the limelight and makes all the headlines when its high
7 December 2022 Viewpoints
Time to take stock of €100m European Innovation spend
Almost €100m to be spent on European Innovation Partnership (EIP) projects from 2023.
30 November 2022 Viewpoints