While the conclusion of the first phase of the Brexit negotiations was positive and welcome, the outcome of phase 2 will determine the fate of Irish food exports to our largest market, the UK, with serious implications for farming. This was the key challenge IFA dairy and livestock leaders put to Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, and the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine, at a meeting of the Stakeholders Brexit Consultative Committee in Dublin this week.
As the winner of the 2017 FBD Young Farmer of the Year Award, PJ O’Keeffe represents a new generation with a balanced approach to life and farming. Tomas Turley, on the other hand, has just retired from Teagasc after completing a 34-year career in the advisory services. Both men spoke to Matt O’Keeffe and shared some thoughts on the state of Irish agriculture.
Massey Ferguson has a long and proud tradition of engagement with Irish agriculture, dating right back to when Ulsterman Harry Ferguson first became involved in tractor building over 80 years ago. That Irish association continues to this day and is clearly evident in the person of William Judge, who is the national sales manager for Massey Ferguson in the Irish and UK markets, writes Matt O’Keeffe.
More detail on the fodder transport subsidy scheme announced by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, at this week’s Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) AGM is urgently required, and the scheme needs to be implemented quickly, IFA Connacht regional chairman Padraic Joyce has said.