Getting Ireland's new forestry programme back on track
Without intervention, Ireland’s flagship forestry programme will struggle to deliver. Ray Ó Foghlú recently finished a Nuffield scholarship on barriers to woodland creation. He outlines what needs to change.
Managing the threats posed by extreme weather
One of the big changes in weather forecasting has been the introduction of formal warning systems. Klara Finkele of AgMet talks to the Irish Farmers Journal about how these systems work.
Our varying perceptions of weather
In the second article of a three-part series, Klara Finkle of AgMet talks to the Irish Farmers Journal about the many different specialised services now available from Met Éireann.
Opinion: forestry policy ' hostile to native woodland creation in uplands'
The role of trees in our uplands is either ignored or actively discouraged by current forestry policy, writes Ray Ó Foghlú.
Met Éireann services to farming and forestry
In this three-week series, the Irish Farmers Journal looks at different trends in weather and forecasting with Met Éireann.
Reducing methane emissions in sheep through breeding and genetics
Methane economic breeding values were launched in 2023 and star ratings for methane will be introduced to the sheep breeding programme in 2024.
13 December 2023 Breeding & health
Trees aren’t always the answer
To meet 2035 woodland creation targets, half of Ireland’s wet grasslands would need to be afforested. This is not necessarily a good thing, writes Ray Ó Foghlú.
22 November 2023 Climate and environment
Reduce MCPA use to protect water and biodiversity
David McGilloway from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine explains why MCPA needs to be used appropriately and how its inappropriate use could negatively impact ACRES scores.
15 November 2023 Climate and environment
New scheme offers landowners over €20,000 to plant 1ha of woodland
The Native Tree Area Scheme is a new departure for woodland creation on Irish farms, writes Ray Ó Foghlú.
Restoring woodlands a key part of fighting climate change
In this article, Ray Ó Foghlú provides a brief history of trees in Ireland. Knowing this is essential to restoring our natural woodlands.
Leading the way in technology adoption on Signpost Farms
Siobhán Kavanagh and Tom O'Dwyer of the Signpost Programme have an update on how the Signpost Programme farmers are getting on.
'Soilkee' for success, along with diverse swards on Australian dairy farm
A visit to a dairy farming couple in Victoria made a big impression on Nuffield Scholar David Fennelly.
13 September 2023 Climate and environment