Nitrates derogation threat is existential for dairy farmers
Aidan Brennan
The hands-on nature of dairy farming means that dairy farmers won't be able to trundle along and put up with lower farm incomes supported by off-farm jobs, writes Aidan Brennan.
29 May 2024 News
Quality of life more important than income for small farmers
A Teagasc survey found that a majority small farmers see enjoyment and the continuation of tradition as being important to them.
29 May 2024 News
Outlook for farm input costs is improving, but risks remain
What’s next for fertiliser, feed and fuel prices after three years of volatility.
UK farmers get planning exemption for converting buildings to homes and shops
MEP candidate Cynthia Ní Mhurchú has called on Ireland to follow suit. Niamh Murphy and Anne O’Donoghue report.
28 May 2024 News
Farming the sole occupation of one-third of small farmers
Over half of small farmers surveyed describe farming as a sole or major occupation for them.
22 May 2024 News
Most small farms have an income below €5,000
Teagasc analysis of NFS data shows that approximately 36% of country's farms had an output lower than €8,000 in 2020.
22 May 2024 News
CAP payments are crucial to small farmers, survey finds
A new Teagasc study has underscored the necessity of direct payments in leaving small beef and sheep farmers with a farm income.
22 May 2024 News
Over one third of Irish farms’ output below €8,000 in 2022
A Teagasc study has found that the average income on beef and sheep farms classed as small came to only €2,638 in 2022.
21 May 2024 News
Moy Park increases payment to growers
On a typical broiler unit with 40,000 birds and seven crops per year, the higher stocking density pay rise equates to over £11,000.
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
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
Muir pushes London for more farm money
At present, NI receives around £300m of ring-fenced funding each year for direct payments to farmers
27 March 2024 Northern Ireland