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Editorial Opinion and Comments

All the latest opinion and comments on the Irish agricultural industry from the Farmers Journal editorial team.
On the cattle side, despite the care we take with the new weanlings, we still have occasional mortality at this time of the year – one died of either bloat or fog fever.
By Matt Dempsey on 19 October 2017
After the apparent stalemate in negotiations at yesterday's press briefing, an EU Council "leak" makes a conciliatory gesture to UK
By Phelim O'Neill on 13 October 2017
The allocation of the capital budget will tell a lot about the economic credentials of this Government.
By Colm McCarthy on 12 October 2017
We have huge amounts of volunteer oats plants to which we have applied Roundup. The intention is to spread out the remaining straw with a hay bob and disc the field as uniformly as possible to plough.
By Matt Dempsey on 12 October 2017
Energy and biofuel provides a useful alternative income source for many thousands of farmers across Europe – here we as Irish farmers have lost out on both energy and biofuels.
By Matt Dempsey on 17 October 2017
There are ironies in the Bombardier dispute affecting Belfast workers at many levels, a chorus of kettles calling one another black.
By Colm McCarthy on 04 October 2017
A veterinary note accompanied the factory account saying that there was an odour from the carcase and he was unfit for human consumption and so, no payment would issue.
By Matt Dempsey on 05 October 2017
It seems too politically incorrect to even enquire as to why Ireland should aspire to be a leader in combating climate change.
By Matt Dempsey on 05 October 2017
Co Sligo suckler farmer Trevor Boland believes the number of farmers still to get training before the 31 December deadline will lead to many being disappointed when GLAS payments are handed out.
By Trevor Boland on 26 September 2017
Harvest defined by short bursts of activity due to challenging weather
By Matt Dempsey on 30 September 2017
Ban insecticide? We should remember potato blight of the famine was caused by a fungus – controlled ironically by a French fungicide. Matt Dempsey offers insight.
By Matt Dempsey on 03 October 2017
Battery technology is the key to replacing demand for oil in the transportation sector.
By Colm McCarthy on 28 September 2017
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