Category Archives: Irish agri-food strategy

‘LEGUME-FED’, ‘HERBAGE-FED’ OR JUST ‘GRASS-FED’?

Much is spoken and written about ‘grass-fed’ in Ireland? But how is/will the label be used? Will ‘grass-fed’ be a characteristic of well-defined, linked-to-farming, designated-origin products or will it be a generic term used to promote all Irish meat and … Continue reading

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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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DIVERSITY AND COMPETITION FOR OUR FOOD SYSTEMS

Dear Mr Hogan, One applauds your intention to create a fairer food supply-chain for the farmer and the consumer. But can this really be achieved through regulation? With a food industry dominated by major corporations, can regulation bring about change … Continue reading

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HAVE WE FORGOTTEN TO FEED THE PEOPLE OF IRELAND?

One frequently reads about the plight of liquid milk producers in Ireland; about how the price that they are paid does not meet the extra costs of producing milk all year and that this is jeopardising their future.  Is fresh … 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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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 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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