Methane - the wrong target for emission reductions
Matt Dempsey
Prof van Wijngaarden's conclusions should be of intense interest to Irish farmers and policymakers.
1 February 2023 Viewpoints
Home Farm: Good even spread on the bare ground
The extra water from the rainfall fills up the tank by an extra 8 to 10 inches, which means we had to transfer diluted slurry to an adjoining tank.
25 January 2023 Viewpoints
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.
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.
25 January 2023 Viewpoints
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
No mortality in the cattle in 2022
Oilseed rape - I am optimistic that we will have a normal uniform crop.
18 January 2023 Viewpoints
Home Farm: Critical purchasing decisions
We are being advised to hang back before placing firm orders for the rest of our fertiliser needs.
11 January 2023 Viewpoints
Dempsey at Large: facts on farm carbon
A credible carbon balance can be done for each farm and there is no reason why the gains in sequestration should not counterbalance methane production from livestock.
11 January 2023 Viewpoints
Dempsey at Large: sky high costs
A new cost base has been established in construction and planning, which of course spills over into house prices and rental charges.
4 January 2023 Viewpoints
Home Farm: Payments arrive from the Department
The vast bulk of the money due has arrived, maintaining the payment efficiency record of the Department.
4 January 2023 Viewpoints
50 years in the EU: what half a century in the Union has meant for Irish farmers
Matt Dempsey, chair of the Agricultural Trust and former Irish Farmers Journal editor, reflects on Ireland’s and farming’s journey through membership of the EEC and EU.
3 January 2023 EU
Dempsey at Large: conflicting signals sent to farmers
The OECD has penetrating comments on the poor progress in the provision of housing and the over-bureaucratic and slow planning process.
21 December 2022 Viewpoints