Dutch derogation phase-out plans branded a 'sham'
Noel Bardon
The final draft decision from Brussels shows that 2022 will be the final year that derogation farmers in the Netherlands will be permitted to reach the 250kg N/ha granted to Ireland.
28 September 2022 Grass & feeding
Grass+ dairy: growth rates drop as October moves in
Grass growth rates are set to drop over the coming weeks as nights get longer and colder, write Aidan Brennan and Martin Merrick.
21 September 2022 Grass & feeding
Growth rates rebound as silage is dropped
Grass growth rates are on the up and while average farm cover is still behind target, many farmers are able to drop silage from the diet.
Organic questions answered at ACA walk
Adam Woods reports from a well-attended Agricultural Consultants Association (ACA) organic farm walk in Co Offaly.
14 September 2022 Grass & feeding
What do the CAP 2023 stocking rate changes mean?
A farmer's individual stocking rate information is available on and this information will be used for far more than satisfying compliance for the ANC scheme under the next CAP.
14 September 2022 Schemes
Dutch derogation battle
Dutch farm organisations and dairy representative organisations now appear to be focused on the battle with government on what compensation is possible.
14 September 2022 News
Farms green up but no bounce in growth yet
The heavy rain has meant farms can green up, but the big burst in growth is a bit away yet write Aidan Brennan and Martin Merrick.
7 September 2022 Grass & feeding
Stocking rate checks for new CAP schemes goes live
Farmers can check stocking rates for 2021 and the year-to-date in 2022 via and use this as a guide for complying with new CAP schemes in 2023.
7 September 2022 Schemes
Dutch nitrates derogation compensation
The Netherlands has seen huge protests this year from farmers against new rules and regulations that are being imposed on farming in Holland.
7 September 2022 News
Broad brush strokes won't fix milk problems
This year 13 farming families compete for the Overall title in the NDC/Kerrygold quality milk awards.
7 September 2022 Milk quality
Food Vision proposals must not restrict output – Cullinan
IFA president Tim Cullinan has warned that the proposals put forward by the Food Vision dairy group could shift dairy production to less efficient parts of the world.
24 August 2022 News
Eco scheme requirements tightened
Farmers need to carry out two eco scheme options to claim payment under the scheme, unless the Department has clarified that an action will qualify as two options.
11 August 2022 News