Features from the Irish Farmers Journal

Male culture still dominates sector
Declan O’Brien
Just one in eight farms are owned and operated by women, with that proportion halving when it comes to the dairy sector.
My Farming Week: Norman Dunne, Owenstown, Maynooth, Co Kildare
3 July 2024 Feature
My Farming Week: Norman Dunne, Owenstown, Maynooth, Co Kildare
Norman Dunne and his father Michael used to operate a conventional tillage system, before moving to direct drilling in recent years.
My farming week: Donie and Maura McKeown, Enniscrone, Co Sligo
26 June 2024 Feature
My farming week: Donie and Maura McKeown, Enniscrone, Co Sligo
After 26 years of breeding and showing pedigree Limousin cattle, Donie and Maura McKeown are calling time on their herd to enjoy their retirement.
Social Farming is 'more rewarding than I could ever put words to'
Social Farming offers people the opportunity to spend time on a family farm in a healthy, supportive and inclusive environment.
29 May 2024 Feature
Weather triggers serious farmer mental health concerns
The general consensus in the agricultural sector is that the mood among farmers is on the floor.
29 May 2024 Feature
Greek farmers question their future following flooding
Last September, devastating flooding ripped through Greece’s agricultural heartland. With swathes of crops washed away, Anne O’Donoghue met with farmers trying to get back on their feet.
15 May 2024 Feature
Watch: milking up to 300 organic ewes at the foot of Mount Olympus in Greece
Michalis Avdanas and Catherina Kelliga milk 300 ewes in Elassóna, Greece. The farm started out with just 40 sheep and there are future plans to expand the flock to 500. Anne O’Donoghue reports.
8 May 2024 Feature
Dairying in Australia: lack of ‘red tape’ a draw for Monaghan farmer
Land availability and a lack of environmental regulation drew Monaghan man Brian Corr to Australia. Barry Murphy reports from Australia.
24 April 2024 News
Recalling the disastrous weather crisis of 1924-25
The Manchester Guardian claimed that around 750,000 people were under threat of severe hunger or famine.
24 April 2024 Feature
Clarkson back for series three to ‘show real farming’
While Clarkson’s Farm is known for showing farming in a fun light, series three isn’t shying away from many agricultural issues Irish farmers will be familiar with.
23 April 2024 Feature
ACRES scheme a proper disaster for the Burren, say farmers
Almost a year and a half on from the Burren Programme being replaced by ACRES, local farmers Michael Davoren and Michael Collins speak to Anne O’Donoghue about the impact on the landscape and farmers.
10 April 2024 Feature
Gort Mart on the silver screen
Gort Mart was recently transformed into a film set for the shooting of Where the Old Man Lives, a film that deals with isolation and rural crime. Anne O’Donoghue reports
3 April 2024 Feature