Colm O’Leary at his family farm in Carrigrohane, Co Cork: “I have really loved this first year. Last year’s calves were the first calves I had total responsibility for and they are in great condition, so it is really satisfying.” Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Colm O’Leary (24) is the modern face of dairy farming. He was among the first students to complete a UCD dairy business degree aimed at the future lea(...)

The State’s dairy industry faces a once-off opportunity following the end of the milk quota system, but volatility within the sector remains a concern. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto 2:10

The dairy industry is facing into a once-off opportunity, with the shackles imposed by the milk quota system, in place since 1984, being removed and m(...)

Ballymaloe’s new pickled  Irish beetroot

Rooting for Ballymaloe It’s hard to believe Ballymaloe Relish is 25 years-old, and now it has been joined on shop shelves by a sibling, Ballyma(...)

Announcement of  two investments was made by Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney (above) and Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton. Photograph:  Sean Curtin

Opening a new dairy processing technology centre is like adding a new software engine to the dairy sector, Pádraig McPhillips, chief executive of a(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney says similar benefits to those in Cork would be seen in many other rural communities. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The ending of the milk quota regime could provide 4,000 more jobs in Co Cork by 2020, new research has found. However, it warns that Cork County Counc(...)

“We have a relationship with land ownership which means the average field in Ireland is sold outside the family once every 400 years,” said Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney.

A pilot project matching farmers who need land with farmers who are not using the land has been inundated with queries and has matched three times mor(...)

 Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney: Irish agriculture is facing an exciting time with the removal of the milk quota system but also one of great change.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government plans a re-orientation of farm taxation to ensure farmers are willing to embark on long-term investment in their farms and to address (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: ‘We must invest in the future and continue to be competitive and attractive as a location for investment with a real opportunity to create further jobs.’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he is committed to cutting the top tax rate of 52 per cent in this year’s budget and subsequent budgets. Mr Kenny said t(...)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, said Dairygold’s €117 million investment will create 115 new jobs.

Dairygold is to create 115 jobs in Cork as part of a multi-million expansion of its dairy processing facilities in Mallow and Mitchelstown. The farmer(...)

Arrabawn Co-op has strongly rejected a suggestion that a group of up to 40 of its 980 suppliers was planning to leave.

Arrabawn Co-op, the Tipperary-based animal feed and dairy group with turnover of €220 million, has been approached by rival Dairygold, to see if it wa(...)