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

Nitrates fall out top of the Ploughing hit list
Jack Kennedy
In the last year, farmers are implementing numerous significant practical changes that, given time, will positively impact water quality.
20 September 2023 Viewpoints
Rain doesn’t dampen renewable interest at Ploughing
Despite the rain and cloud, interest in renewables shone through at this year's Ploughing.
20 September 2023 Viewpoints
Tillage can't wait for a report
The budget is approaching fast but details of any possible exceptional aid or future scheme details are needed even faster.
Political decision to reduce derogation unjustified
The advice from Teagasc clearly states that stocking rate, in itself, was not found to be a primary driver of nitrate-N concentrations in most cases.
13 September 2023 Viewpoints
Money needed instead of tillage talk
The proposed new nitrates limits will drive land rental prices further.
13 September 2023 Viewpoints
Reality check needed for Minister Ryan
Minister Eamon Ryan suggested that the 3,000 mostly dairy farmers impacted by the drop in the derogation limit should consider producing grass for anaerobic digestion (AD) instead of cows.
13 September 2023 Viewpoints
Carbon leakage – real or not?
Significantly, right now just 25% of Dairymaster sales are destined for the Irish market.
13 September 2023 Viewpoints
Frustration building on political leadership - Minister in farmer firing line
Tillage - the fact of the matter is the sector is getting chipped away at, all year, for multiple reasons.
6 September 2023 Viewpoints
Derogation implications huge
It flies in the face of science and any independent analysis or recent research by the research arm of Teagasc.
6 September 2023 Viewpoints
Milking technology - Lessons from Denmark
Batch robotic milking is clearly different to voluntary robotic milking as we understand it in Ireland.
6 September 2023 Viewpoints
Managing the milk price downturn
A base milk price at or near 30 cent/litre means all milk suppliers are losing 10 c/litre on every litre produced.
30 August 2023 Viewpoints
Agribusiness reset in Europe
It looks like this year and next will be a real test of the benefits of brand premiums.
30 August 2023 Viewpoints