European Parliament vice-president Mairead McGuinness calls on the EU to more to balance power between producers and retailers and other players in the food supply chain.

Time to build stronger links in food supply chain

European Parliament Vice-President Mairead McGuinness


Piedmontese breeders bypass meat factories, sell direct to consumer

Tipperary and Laois farmers team up to service the public’s healthy appetite for low-fat Italian beef.


EU review of labelling only answer to beef crisis

Q&A: Martin Ferris
Sinn Féin to meet MEPs to put EU focus on beef.

About 8,500 attended Beef 2014 at Teagasc, Co Meath, last week, to see Ireland's largest ever display of technical improvements farmers can make inside the farm gate to improve efficiency and productivity.

Control is key to helping your animals thrive

Q&A: parasite control
The importance of monitoring cattle and reviewing parasite control strategies three months into the grazing season (July) was emphasised at last week’s Beef 2014 event.


Maeve’s orchard is an organic triumph

According to figures supplied by the Organic certification bodies, there are just 41 hectares of organic fruit growing in Ireland.

Guest speaker Malcolm Ellis, LIC New Zealand, speaking to the large attendance at the LIC Ireland open day on Pat Ryan'sfarm at Dungarvan, Co Waterford.

Be cautious when using genomic bulls exclusively

Q&A: Malcolm Ellis, LIC NZ
* Insight into New Zealand dairy farming practices.

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney with IFA President Eddie Downey, left, and Brian and Norma Rohan, at the launch of the EMBRACE ecumenical remembrance service for victims of farm accidents and their bereaved families, friends and neighbours.

Remembering and raising awareness

Q&A: Brian Rohan
* There is little or no help as regards supports for families that have lost loved ones.

FBD Young Farmer of the Year 2013 John Buckley,  front left,  and Ireland and Leinster rugby star Sean O'Brien at the launch of the 16th FBD Young Farmer of the Year competition on Sean O'Brien's farm, Tullow, Co Carlow. Picture: Alf Harvey

Striving for an enjoyable life and profitable farm

The 16th annual FBD Young Farmer of the Year awards is under way, with organisers looking for young farmers who are actively involved in the running of a farm, full or part time, to apply.

At  Corrin Mart, Fermoy for a recent Glanbia farmer information meeting,   John Hannon, Ballyduff;  Donal O'Callaghan, Glanmire; and Gerry Cronin, Glanbia Castlelyons.

No levy or minimum shares needed at GIIL

The complete fund of €2.5m will be shared between all suppliers who sign and return the MSA before June 30.

Karen Walsh, solicitor with C.W. Ashe & Co, Solicitors, Macroom.

Farm property transfers — implications for you

Q&A: Karen Walsh
Solicitor Karen Walsh works in a general legal practice in Macroom, Co Cork.