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

Renewable revolution sweeping rural Ireland
Jack Kennedy
The solution is to allow emissions reductions be discounted from total farm emissions.
Significant change within government
10 April 2024 Viewpoints
Significant change within government
We wish Simon Harris well, as he becomes Taoiseach at a critical juncture for Irish agriculture, the wider economy, and society.
Tillage sector support missing in action
10 April 2024 Viewpoints
Tillage sector support missing in action
Tillage – to completely ignore the one sector that is dependent on ground conditions, time of year and crop choice is an utter disgrace.
Wet weather taking its toll
Farmers are an extremely resilient bunch, but we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that stress and strain can get the better of the best of us. It’s important to keep talking.
3 April 2024 Viewpoints
Improved communication needed on BVD plan
Part of the frustration around the BVD National Eradication Programme is a lack of regular dialogue with farmers and no clear direction of what plan will be implemented in the coming years.
3 April 2024 Viewpoints
Focus on what you can control
Some common sense on inspections is badly needed at a difficult juncture for the farm sector.
3 April 2024 Viewpoints
Strategic thinking with current weather very important
This wet weather reinforces the insurance option – an extra pit of silage is almost an absolute necessity more so than a cost to the farm.
27 March 2024 Viewpoints
Transparency in farmers margin
If the ambition and willingness on both sides (the regulator and the industry) is present, we could see more transparency for farmers.
27 March 2024 Viewpoints
Tillage support a necessity
Estimates suggest that less than 5% of the spring crops are in the ground.
27 March 2024 Viewpoints
Dairy farming drives on land prices in Kilkenny
Dairy farmers targeted good grassland and are likely to have bought over 40% of the land sold last year.
25 March 2024 Editorial
Good auction results in Co Laois
The farms offered for sale in the county last year generally had good quality land and this boosted prices.
23 March 2024 Editorial
How to make €450 more margin per hectare buying calves
Changes this year could mean an additional 100,000 beef cross calves in marts this spring compared to last year.
20 March 2024 Viewpoints