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

Sheep shocks heighten industry anxiety
Jack Kennedy
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.
18 January 2023 Viewpoints
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.
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
Big spending on carbon measurement, but big thinking is needed also
Knowing the benefits of sequestrating carbon that farmers all over Ireland can participate in is paramount to any real change at farm level.
30 November 2022 Viewpoints
Clear vision needed to manage beef shift
Farmers are losing out right now relative to market returns.
23 November 2022 Viewpoints