All the latest opinion and comments on the Irish agricultural industry from the Farmers Journal editorial team.

Unexpected casualty of the UK's general election
Colm McCarthy
There is no case for spending hundreds of millions on a stadium in Belfast which will rarely be used.
A View from China: optimism brewing in pig industry
29 May 2024 Viewpoints
A View from China: optimism brewing in pig industry
China’s Animal Husbandry Expo was overshadowed by news of the minister of agriculture being put under investigation, writes Ian Lahiffe.
New conditions for NI farm support
29 May 2024 Northern Ireland
New conditions for NI farm support
The number of new conditions attached to future farm support is not the key issue that should concern NI farmers
Home Farm: examining the crops
The difference between the two varieties of winter wheat was astonishing.
22 May 2024 Viewpoints
Dempsey at Large: Tony O'Reilly - an immense talent
His interest and involvement in horses and cattle at his beloved estate Castlemartin just outside Kilcullen, Co Kildare, has received less coverage.
22 May 2024 Viewpoints
Ireland can learn from New Zealand on carbon tax changes
With methane, there is no substitute for ruminant livestock, other than unacceptable destocking, writes Prof Gerry Boyle.
22 May 2024 Viewpoints
Dairy co-ops facing a period of flux
There was plently of talk at Balmoral Show around the potential implications of having different milk payment systems operating in NI
22 May 2024 Northern Ireland
Ireland's neutrality is financially savvy
Neutrality is seen as an expression of sovereignty and echoes the success of the 1939 decision to keep out of World War II.
22 May 2024 Viewpoints
Opinion: following in TJ Maher's footsteps is a daunting challenge
The first direct elections to the European Parliament saw TJ Maher dominate the Munster poll, beginning a 15-year career for the former IFA president.
18 May 2024 Opinion
Home Farm: BISS, oilseed rape, crop emergence, beef drops.
The rapid increase in grain prices internationally over the last week or so, has lifted the expectations for this year's harvest, but there is a long way to go yet.
15 May 2024 Viewpoints
Dempsey at Large: The co-op and the PLC were not always easy bedfellows
Jim Bergin and incoming Seán Molloy shared the platform, and both stressed the new importance of security of supply, when they were talking with customers.
15 May 2024 Viewpoints
Gerry Boyle: looking back at two decades of rainfall and crop yields
The relationship between yield fluctuations and weather is complex and dependent on location, soil conditions, season, crop type and temperature - Prof Gerry Boyle.
15 May 2024 Viewpoints