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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