Category Archives: Food Strategy 2025

RISK MANAGEMENT IN A VOLATILE IRISH CLIMATE

A subject that was particularly disliked by many of our agricultural business management students was statistics. So why did we teach it? The rational was simply that farm management planning is about risk management and it is imperative that decision-makers … Continue reading

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SPINNING A YARN TO IRELAND’S FARMERS

Ever since arriving in Ireland back in 2013, the author has been amazed at how active the press and the agricultural establishment has been at telling farmers what they need to know and the information that they should be basing … Continue reading

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ARE WE BEING LED BY A HORSEMAN OF THE APOCALYPSE?

So two major issues have hove into view at the same time. One, the climate-change emissions reduction targets we were expecting, the other, Brexit, came rather out of the blue. These are now unfolding upon an industry that is already … Continue reading

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IS THE FUTURE ABOUT PREMIUM CONSUMER-PRODUCTS?

CONSUMER-PRODUCT SWOT ANALYSIS The following was largely written a couple of years ago but it has been dusted off because it makes a change to write something positive amidst the commodity-induced gloom that is now engulfing too much of the … Continue reading

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IS THE CAPITAL AVAILABLE TO COMPETE?

Another extract from my FH2020 review. One of many questions that should have been asked and analyzed when the strategy was put together. Does anybody not appreciate that going global means that the Irish farmer is going to be going … Continue reading

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COMPETITIVE MILK POWDER INVESTMENTS

Just reading again some of what I wrote over two years ago [late 2013] when I wrote a review of Irish agri-food strategy. This I found particularly relevant when thinking about the root causes behind the current dairy crisis. They … Continue reading

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JUST WHAT IS THE COST OF IRISH GRASS-FED MILK?

It was interesting to read the budget for 2015 for the Greenfield demonstration farm in Kilkenny in the Irish Farmers’ Journal this week. It was interesting because this is the farm to demonstrate that the grass-fed model is the way … Continue reading

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