New obligations for tillage farmers were the broad theme of the recent Irish Tillage and Land Use Society conference. These requirements are set against a background of new greening obligations, decreasing payment supports and new vehicle regulations that will apply from January 2016. The day began with an address from Liam Woulfe, managing director of the Freshgrass Group.

Liam’s many years of experience in varying agri businesses provided him with the impetus to go it alone and this began in 2001 with the purchase of Grassland Fertilizers Ltd. A few years later, he joined with Liffey Mills in the joint purchase of Drummonds. Between the two of these businesses, he now has a considerable direct interest in the tillage sector.