The winner will replace outgoing president Kieran O’Dowd who made waves when he was elected  in 2013 because he was a barrister and not a farmer. This time, all four candidates are involved in farming

Michelle O’Callaghan is fourth woman to make pitch for role at young farmer’s group

James Nolan, who runs the butcher shop with his wife Emma, is the fourth generation to stand behind the counter in the family business that was established in 1886. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Champion of Champions award will be announced in the House of Lords on Wednesday

Tara Elliott is rearing crickets, mealworms and beetles and believes she could be Ireland’s first commercial insect farmer. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Tara Elliott has created insect cookies, pancakes, muffins and buns, breads and candy

Prof Noel Fitzpatrick says it’s possible to give animals new legs, feet, knees and shoulders but the moral and ethical implications must be considered. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Vets can feel pressurised by owners who want to prolong pets’ lives for as long as possible

Health and Safety Authority chief executive Martin O’Halloran said: “The days of feeding calves with a bucket and walking the cows home, they’re certainly in the historic annals of husbandry practice on farms.” File photograph:  Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Major change on farms in recent years contributing to risks, says HSA chief

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has said he will face down any demands that the agri-food sector should stall expansion because of environmental concerns.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times.

Minister sees Ireland being fastest-growing milk producer despite environment concerns

IFA president Eddie Downey  before Tuesday’s agm. “I know what it’s like to try and head up an organisation, having worked in it for 25 years.”  Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

New farm organisation set to be launched within weeks

Thousands of documents from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food were found on  Athenry Rd out of Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph: Andy Newman

Thousands of documents were strewn along a 10km section on the Athenry Road

Farms are  “a dangerous place. We need to go in and farm defensively, think defensively. We have to get a change in attitudes,” IFA president  Eddie Downey has said. “We cannot keep going on losing lives the way we are.” File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Farmers at agm told they must think about safety in everything they do

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