All the latest farming news, comments and editorial opinions from the Irish Farmers Journal

How can farmers be expected to invest in slurry storage?
Jack Kennedy
Many farmers have plans to increase their slurry storage but say that they are finding it difficult to justify the cost, given the lack of clarity around the future of the Nitrates regulations.
22 May 2024 Viewpoints
Balmoral boosts summer positivity
Any business that can’t grow volume and value is immediately on the back foot.
22 May 2024 Viewpoints
Winter finisher problems continue
We have slaughtered an extra 20,000 cows so far in 2024, the majority of which are dairy cows.
Debt levels up at farm service providers
Small businesses must stand up for themselves and complete cash flows.
15 May 2024 Viewpoints
Irish Farmers Journal / KPMG report on food security
Irish food producers are moving into an era where supermarkets are far more conscious of food security.
15 May 2024 Viewpoints
Time for candidates to work for their farmer constituents
At the very mention of water quality, anger levels rose in the western farmers and the very same happened in Kilkenny.
8 May 2024 Viewpoints
Cheddar investment in Northern Ireland
Dale Farm has moved to reward the farmer to further flatten the milk curve, and I presume to increase volumes processed on an annual basis.
8 May 2024 Viewpoints
BISS application - the most important job of the year
BISS – The advice remains to get an application in and to make amendments after if necessary.
8 May 2024 Viewpoints
ACRES and fertiliser warning
Key message – know what you can spread before ordering and purchasing compound fertiliser.
1 May 2024 Viewpoints
Forestry service costs surge
A very mixed reaction from farmers to the ash dieback compensation announcement.
1 May 2024 Viewpoints
Positivity mixed with unknowns needs leadership
The 2023 results do nothing to recognise what is happening at farm level as the rug is being pulled from under farmers.
24 April 2024 Viewpoints
Weather boost mentally positive
Of even more significance is the positive mental lift the dry weather is bringing to farmers all over the country.
24 April 2024 Viewpoints