Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) president Joe Healy has said comments by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, that it is every farmer’s individual responsibility to resolve their fodder difficulties, indicates a Minister who is in denial of the serious situation that now exists on farms across the country.
The Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) has predicted a €106m underspend in the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. President of the Irish Farmers Association (IFA), Joe Healy, said that it is clear that while some schemes will spend most of their allocation, there will, inevitably, be underspends in other schemes by its completion date.
The abolition of the European milk quota system in 2015 paved the way for farms to expand production. However, the profitability associated with this extra production for individual farms needs to be examined and there must be a continuing focus on improving efficiencies, writes Karina Pierce, associate professor of dairy production, University College Dublin.