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

A solution in search of a problem
Colm McCarthy
Colm McCarthy - the capital cost of MetroLink could be more than the €9.5bn most often cited by journalists.
BCRS is not a new “slaughter premium”
28 February 2024 Northern Ireland
BCRS is not a new “slaughter premium”
The new beef scheme should not be included in any discussions around the price of finished cattle.
Dempsey at Large: Not just in Ireland
28 February 2024 Viewpoints
Dempsey at Large: Not just in Ireland
UK farmers have always been slow to protest as disruptively as on the continent, but the underlying factors are the same.
Home Farm: change of tillage plans
Even if we don’t get to sow the spring barley until 1 May, we can still be confident of getting a crop that’s usable as either arable silage or as usable grain and straw.
28 February 2024 Viewpoints
Opinion: farmers need the truth, but they also need hope
The presentations by Elaine McGoff and Eddie Burgess were interesting in themselves. Taken together, they present a good range of opinion on exactly where farming and water quality intersect.
24 February 2024 Opinion
Home Farm: time for essential spring work slipping by
Every day in the shed is money out and a diminishing pit of silage
21 February 2024 Viewpoints
Overshoots in public spending
Prudent management of the public finances needs credible fiscal plans, not just declarations of concern about public money, from Government and opposition.
21 February 2024 Viewpoints
Another green quango is not what we need
Various green groups have made the case for an independent environmental protection agency in NI
21 February 2024 Northern Ireland
Dempsey at Large: what should a modern CAP look like?
While an emergency grouping to advise the Commission has been set up, more is needed.
21 February 2024 Viewpoints
Opinion: the irresistible force versus the immovable object
While the European Commission is an all-powerful machine at the heart of the EU, used to telling everyone what to do, farmers are now telling them to take a step back.
18 February 2024 Opinion
Slight fall in UK food price inflation
First monthly fall in UK food prices since September 2021, but food price inflation at 7% remains well ahead of general inflation at 4% in January.
16 February 2024 News
Dempsey at Large: a tribute to John Bruton
John Bruton: the enormous attendance at the State funeral from a wide spectrum of the community, conveyed the huge respect and admiration in which he was held.
14 February 2024 Viewpoints