Home Farm: BISS, oilseed rape, crop emergence, beef drops.
Matt Dempsey
The rapid increase in grain prices internationally over the last week or so, has lifted the expectations for this year's harvest, but there is a long way to go yet.
15 May 2024 Viewpoints
Dempsey at Large: The co-op and the PLC were not always easy bedfellows
Jim Bergin and incoming Seán Molloy shared the platform, and both stressed the new importance of security of supply, when they were talking with customers.
8 May 2024 Viewpoints
Home Farm: watching the winter barley
I have had one diagnosis of rhynchosporium on the winter barley, brought on I presume because of a delay in applying a protective spray with the continuous wet weather.
Dempsey at Large: Tirlán's role in Glanbia plc
Does it matter that over 30% of Glanbia's shareholders formally voted against the company’s remuneration policies?
8 May 2024 Viewpoints
Dempsey at Large: a blueprint for European farming
Process may be important, but if it doesn’t deal with crunch issues, it is of little real value.
1 May 2024 Viewpoints
Home Farm: what a difference a week of dry weather makes
On the cattle side, this has been the first time this year that we have been able to get out on the grazed paddocks without leaving unacceptable tracks.
1 May 2024 Viewpoints
Home Farm: drying out at last
Every fine day is making a huge difference to ground conditions.
24 April 2024 Viewpoints
Dempsey at Large: food, fuel and fibre
The comfort of adequate supplies in more recent years has pushed food security way down the priority list until the war in Ukraine caused a temporary panic.
24 April 2024 Viewpoints
Dempsey at Large: stabilising the tillage industry
The establishment of the Food Vision tillage group rightly identified that a more fundamental appraisal of the place of tillage in Ireland is needed.
17 April 2024 Viewpoints
The Home Farm: slurry above slats
The spring of 2024 is the worst I ever remember as regards grazing conditions.
17 April 2024 Viewpoints
Home Farm: solid ground at last
All the cattle were brought back in after the deluge in the middle of last week, and to give the ground a chance to recover.
10 April 2024 Viewpoints
Dempsey at Large: European farm taxes vary wildly
Normally in this country, tax debates focus on the corporate taxes paid by multinationals and businesses, but the discretion given to member states is almost unlimited.
10 April 2024 Viewpoints