Hold the line - science is catching up with policy
Jack Kennedy
Unfortunately, for the last 10 years policy has moved ahead of the science, however, Teagasc is making up ground fast, Jack Kennedy writes.
News round-up from Northern Ireland
Weekly round-up of news from the farming industry in Northern Ireland.
17 July 2024 Markets
Breakeven beef price of €5.54/kg in Ballyvadin
Adam Woods reports from last week’s open day on the Tipperary dairy-beef demonstration farm in Ballyvadin
New biodiversity indicator for national farm survey
Satellite data for the 1,000-plus farms in the national farm survey will be used to measure changes in habitats.
IFA halts Bord Bia's overhaul of QA scheme
The IFA move follows concerns at the level of additional requirements that could potentially be foisted on farmers, and the pressure being applied to agree these changes.
10 July 2024 News
New scheme with quotas for nitrates proposed
A trio of policy experts say that major farm scheme changes are needed to achieve step-wise reductions in water pollution from agriculture.
Farmers feel betrayed by Government's decision to scrap cow exit scheme
The Government's decision to scrap plans for a dairy cow cull scheme has been met with strong farmer views, with 56% of respondents disagreeing with the decision.
10 July 2024 News
Energy and Farm Diversification Show takes place next week
If you are a farmer, landowner or rural entrepreneur looking to diversify into energy, food and agri-tourism, then this is the event for you, writes Stephen Robb.
10 July 2024 News
New two-year partnership with Alltech and Meat Business Women
Alltech has committed to supporting gender diversity, equality and inclusion across the global meat and food supply chain by signing a two-year strategic partnership with Meat Business Women.
8 July 2024 News
Ireland’s €14.5bn food exports in danger - ASA
The ASA has said that Ireland is facing a potential loss of between 750,000 and 1m hectares of food producing farmland.
8 July 2024 News
Online entries for FBD National Livestock Show closing this week
Adam Woods has details of the upcoming closing date for entries for this year’s FBD National Livestock Show in Tullamore.
4 July 2024 Pedigree
Tesco to switch to biomethane transport fleet
In a significant move, Tesco Ireland has taken delivery of 50 state-of-the-art biomethane-fuelled trucks, which will operate across its country-wide distribution network.
4 July 2024 News