Category Archives: Ireland’s dairy sector

DAIRY’S EXPANSIONIST RHETORIC APPEARS TO BE BACK

This post first appeared online at http://www.thatsfarming.com on the 27th November 2017 Reading the press, one notices that we are again being regaled with more about dairy expansion. Now I have no objections to expansion per se, if it is … 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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A Centre of Excellence for Quality-Indicated Products

Ireland desires to be a ‘food island’ but for a country with such aspirations it has woefully few European Union- registered designated-origin products. It may appear to be an anomaly but it is a well-founded one as the Irish agri-food … Continue reading

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IRELAND’S FAILURE TO DOMESTICATE THE UK FOOD MARKET

As I was writing about Brexit earlier, I was thinking upon the position that Irish farmers now find themselves in. Elsewhere I have said that it is the single most important issue facing Irish farming since the Emergency [that is … Continue reading

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THE OTHER CLIMATE-CHANGE THREAT TO IRISH FARMING

In what I expect to be a fast-moving food world in the coming decade, thinking creatively is critical. On the other hand, a prevailing ‘group think’ may be highly destructive. I am closely watching the evolving debate over climate change … Continue reading

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LET US ALL JUST BLAME THE POOR OLD COW

There was a time before the days of widespread dietary guidelines where people started the day not on muesli and skimmed milk but on pig fat and onion. It was a time when a skinny latte was not even a … Continue reading

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ARE SOME COWS NOW MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS?

Having spent much of this Millennium working on investment plans for dairy farming and milk processing, I am used to looking at variations in those that supply the milk. They have included species variables [cows, sheep and water buffalo] and … Continue reading

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GOING BACK TO THE FIRST PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING

After three years of following food and farming in Ireland, there is one thing that is repetitive when it comes to marketing. It is the highlighting of this or that new market opportunity. Probably most famously of all we had … Continue reading

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BREXIT IN A WORLD THAT DOES NOT CHANGE

I have not rushed into the post-Brexit debate, it needed a period of reflection. I did, however, go into the Referendum with the viewpoint that the most impacted upon place was not going to be within the United Kingdom itself … Continue reading

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THE IRISH FARMERS’ CONNECTIONS TO THE CONSUMER?

Just how often does one hear that Irish farmers produce the best produce in the World? Rather often is the answer. It is then usually followed by the complaint that it does not receive a price that reflects the quality. … Continue reading

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