Category Archives: Thats Farming

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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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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BEEF’S FUTURE LIES WITH SMALL-SCALE PRODUCERS

This post first appeared online at http://www.thatsfarming.com on the 17th August 2017 Stephen Carr wrote an interesting article in the Farmers’ Weekly concerning the future of beef in the UK. Those involved in beef farming policy making in Ireland should … Continue reading

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WHERE TO NEXT FOR OUR MUCH-VAUNTED QUALITY ASSURANCE?

This post first appeared online at http://www.thatsfarming.com on the 14th August 2017 I have been around long enough to remember the passing of the UK’s Food Safety Act in 1990, it was when I first came across the Defence of … Continue reading

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INEXPLICABLE MILK PRICES THAT DEFY LOGIC

This post first appeared online at http://www.thatsfarming.com on the 11th August 2017 In a press release this week the ICMSA expressed their disappointment that the Irish milk prices is only 14th in the EU milk price league. They said that … Continue reading

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WE NEED THE REAL FOODS THAT PEOPLE WANT TO FAKE

This post first appeared online at http://www.thatsfarming.com on the 9th August 2017 So, Lidl provided That’s Farming with a positive response to recent queries about the origins of some pork found upon its shelves. To quote; “We have investigated your … Continue reading

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