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GHG EMISSIONS – ONE OF MANY REASONS FOR CHANGE

This post first appeared online at http://www.thatsfarming.com on the 1st August 2017 Last week an Irish environment lobbyist had the audacity to ‘call out’ Ireland on the country’s Green House Gas reduction performance. Of course, as Ireland’s economy is so … Continue reading

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BREXIT AND THE EQUIVALENCE OF STANDARDS

This post first appeared online at http://www.thatsfarming.com on the 3rd July 2017 One can hear the first post-election murmurings about British farming policy after Brexit and one can see that it is going to be about appealing to the highly … Continue reading

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IT IS TIME TO RECOGNIZE THE ISSUES FACING FARMING

This post first appeared online at http://www.thatsfarming.com on the 20th June 2017 So, parts of the Irish farming community have now decided to join the climate change debate. Whether you are a believer of a denier, it was, nonetheless, obvious … Continue reading

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WILL BREXIT NEED ITS SACRIFICIAL LAMBS?

In these are extraordinary political times, we should ask how British farmers will fare. To begin at the beginning, why was the election called? Was it to strengthen the hand of the British PM in Brussels? Or was the election … Continue reading

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WHERE IS BRITISH FARMING GOING AFTER BREXIT?

This post first appeared online at http://www.thatsfarming.com on the 2nd June 2017 Over recent weeks I have been writing policy proposals for post-Brexit Britain. It is all highly relevant to Ireland. Simply, the market links are that strong. If Irish … Continue reading

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BUILDING UPON ROCK-SOLID FOUNDATIONS

This post first appeared on line at http://www.thatsfarming.com on the 8th May 2017 Apparently, every few years it is necessary to investigate how internationally competitive Irish dairy farming is. Apparently, every few years it is necessary to cherry-pick the results … Continue reading

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DEFENDING THE IRISH COW

This post first appear online on http://www.thatsfarming.com on the 3rd May 2017 Should the Irish cow be sacrificed to reduce Ireland’s GHG emissions? Or is the judgement too hasty? Yes, beef farming incomes are low and its methane emissions are … Continue reading

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RETURNING THE TOOL KIT TO THE MEDICAL CHEST

It is surprising how often one hears or reads ‘tool kit’ when it comes to agricultural technology. Most recently ‘tool-kit’ has accompanied the word ‘glyphosate’, as in ‘glyphosate is an essential part of the arable farmers tool kit’. Moreover, the … 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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IS IRISH FARMING PREPARED FOR MAJOR CAP REFORM?

Very shortly after I posted to my blog yesterday, I received notification of a blog posting by prof. Alan Matthews; it was about a paper he had co-authored with, among others, prof. Allan Buckwell. The paper can be accessed here … Continue reading

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