In the latest in our series of study guide videos, the co-author of our policy and economics guides Joe Corroon discusses the content and key learning outcomes for students and teachers with Irish Farmers Journal specialist Barry Cassidy.

This 26-minute video takes students and teachers beyond the content of the weekly study guides, adding context and practical examples to enhance their understanding on the topics of policy and economics.

Key areas covered:

  • Irish beef and sheep production systems.
  • The importance of understanding costs and the impact on profitability.
  • Ireland’s export markets, the current trends and its impact on prices.
  • The impact of Brexit on Irish beef and sheep exports and prices.
  • Animal welfare and live exports.
  • Traceability and the food supply chain.
  • The use of chemicals in crops.
  • Nitrates derogation.
  • Policies for organic food production.
  • The importance of CAP payments for Irish agriculture.
  • Learning outcomes covered: 4.3.1-D, 4.3-C, 4.3.3-A, 4.3.2-B, 3.3.2-N & 3.3.2-C.

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