Author Archives: Stuart Meikle

THE REWARDS MUST GO TO THE RIGHT PEOPLE

Storm Ophelia recently reminded people of how fragile our modern way of life is. Take away our electricity and gone is our entertainment; as batteries run dry our communications crumble; and even hot water for tea becomes scarce. Of course, … Continue reading

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IT IS TIME TO RESET THE ENVIRONMENTAL AGENDA

This post first appeared online at http://www.thatsfarming.com on the 6th October 2017 In recent days another report emerged about methane emissions from livestock. Cue, a vocal response from the environmental lobby. Before that a more specific report concerning the declining … Continue reading

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SEPARATING THE MILK FROM RURAL EMPLOYMENT

This post first appeared online at http://www.thatsfarming.com on the 15th September 2017 Last week saw the opening of a new milk dryer; it would provide economies of scale and strengthen the capacity of the co-operative to supply ingredients. What caught … Continue reading

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FROM THE CONSUMER’S FORK TO THE FARM-GATE PRICE

This post first appeared online at http://www.thatsfarming.com on the 8th September 2017 If the consumer pays a premium price for the final product who gains? Where in the supply-chain is the value added? Is it attributable to using higher-quality raw … Continue reading

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TIME TO STOP THINKING THAT LAMB IS LAMB

This post first appeared online at http://www.thatsfarming.com on the 6th September 2017 The third Love Lamb Week [#lovelamb] is happening across in the UK and some Irish farmers are joining in as, although, they are separated by the Irish Sea, … Continue reading

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JUST WHY IS IRELAND IN THE LIVE EXPORT TRADE?

This post first appeared online at http://www.thatsfarming.com on the 4th September 2017 Just why do the words live export raise the hackles of those concerned with animal welfare? After all, to export is only to cross a national boundary so … Continue reading

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The wheat and chaff of synthetic food

Originally posted on Posts from Keith Woodford:
It has become fashionable for agri-food commentators to talk of disruptive change. In particular, in recent months there has been much talk about industry disruption that will supposedly occur from synthetic food, with…

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SHOULD IRISH FARMING GO GMO-FREE?

This post first appeared online at http://www.thatsfarming.com on the 30th August 2017 The idea of a GM-free Ireland is rising the agenda. To date, the debate has been about using GM technology on farm but, increasingly, it is being driven … Continue reading

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CHERRY PICKING CAN YIELD A BITTER HARVEST

This post first appeared online at http://www.thatsfarming.com on the 23rd August 2017 When I started delving into the Irish agri-food industry, an early finding was a preference for focusing on partial farm-production costs. For some reason which, in my less … Continue reading

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CONSUMERS WILL NOT ALLOW COMPLACENCY OVER ANIMAL WELFARE

This post first appeared online at http://www.thatsfarming.com on the 21st August 2017 This week That’s Farming post “Fatally injured Bullock left for over 10 hours in mart” has been viewed over 24,000 times. It is also a week when BBC … Continue reading

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