All the latest opinion and comments on the Irish agricultural industry from the Farmers Journal editorial team.

Colm McCarthy: Each scheme needs to pass a cost/benefit test
Colm McCarthy
There are some cheap and expensive ways to attain whatever target is chosen and each scheme needs to pass a cost/benefit test.
25 January 2023 Northern Ireland
Tight timeframe to meet future targets
The lack of a functioning Executive at Stormont has major short- and long-term implications for the agri-food industry in NI.
25 January 2023 Viewpoints
The farming year has started again
The dairy beef steers are coming fit, and the next two months should see the bulk of them finished at very little over twenty-four months.
Dempsey at Large: brutal clarity on ‘banding’
We already know that various soil types have varying capacity to impede the travel of organic nitrate through the soil to the ground water while retaining the nutrients to stimulate grass growth.
25 January 2023 Viewpoints
Colm McCarthy: Brexit - buyer's remorse
Public and political opinion has shifted and there is growing support for a normalisation of relations with Europe.
22 January 2023 Viewpoints
Opinion: food production's environmental challenges are acute in the Netherlands
"Where will it all end" is the weary cry of many farmers. Looking at the Netherlands might provide some illumination
21 January 2023 Opinion
No mortality in the cattle in 2022
Oilseed rape - I am optimistic that we will have a normal uniform crop.
18 January 2023 Viewpoints
Record beef prices put in perspective
Analysis of costs shows that beef finishers need the market to continue to return higher prices this spring.
18 January 2023 Northern Ireland
Dempsey at Large: Russia moves from wheat deficit to wheat powerhouse
Russian agriculture - What Russia does in the wheat trade is of crucial significance.
18 January 2023 Viewpoints
Opinion: two meetings of two halves each - Tirlán's internal dialogue
Tirlán's regional meeting in Dungarvan saw the success story that is laid out for its shareholders and suppliers. So how is the co-op so unconvincing when it comes to the fixed milk price schemes?
14 January 2023 Opinion
War in Ukraine and the price of food
While this is a war of aggression by Russia, the aggression was driven, at least in part, by fear - John Bruton.
11 January 2023 Viewpoints
Ill-conceived projects should not be delivered, they should be cancelled
An oversight mechanism for public capital spending is meaningless unless some projects fail the test.
11 January 2023 Viewpoints