The CSO found the value of cattle output fell by more than €180 million.

Farm incomes have dropped by 1 per cent this year, according to a provisional estimate from the Central Statistics Office. It estimated total farm inc(...)

Live animal crib opens at Mansion House with children from St Joseph’s Nursery singing When Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney. Entrance is free but donations go to the homeless. Still from Daniel O’Connor video. 1:44

There was no baby Jesus in the live animal crib, but if there was the children from St Joseph’s Nursery would probably have upstaged him. Dressed as a(...)

Children from Scoil Chaoimhin, Marlborough St., at the Opening of the 20th year of the IFA Live Animal Crib. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Some people are extremely hypocritical when it comes to helping homeless people, Dublin Lord Mayor Christy Burke has said. He said he had received ema(...)

President  Michael D Higgins highlights the importance of Ireland’s family farms while speaking at the International Family Farming Conference organised by the Irish Farmers’ Association.   Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

President Michael D Higgins has spoken about the “critical importance” of family farms to the whole country and challenged the assumption that modern(...)

IFA president Eddie Downey says family farms are affected by extreme price volatility, escalating input costs, reduced EU support, inequity in a food supply chain and costly political and societal bureaucratic interference. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Preserving the family farm model is of critical importance to the future of this country, President Michael D Higgins has said. Mr Higgins said the fa(...)

Silence in the slaughterhouse: protests at 14 of Ireland’s largest meat processing plants were intended to put the squeeze on the biggest family-run firms in the sector

Like Neville Chamberlain waving a copy of the Munich Agreement with Germany in 1938, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney appears to believe he has (...)

Beef farmers at a protest outside the Department of Agriculture. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Beef farmers remain “deeply frustrated” over cattle prices despite some agreements being reached with producers at talks earlier this week. The execu(...)

 Farmers protesting outside Grennagh meat factory were joined by IFA President Eddie Downey, Henry Burns, of then Beef and Livestocks Board and Pat Smyth, IFA General Secretary on Monday. Photograph: Pat Moore.

The Irish Farmers’ Association has been warned that any further blockades of meat processing plants as part of the dispute with factories over beef pr(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said a working settlement so quickly was “doable” despite there being “no love lost” between farm leaders and the beef processing side.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney have appealed to those leading the blockade of beef processing plans and the owners of(...)

Henry Burns, national livestock chair IFA, and Eddie Downey (centre-right), president IFA, at the 48-hour protest outside Kepak in Clonee. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Beef farmers who began a two-day protest outside the headquarters of Kepak in Co Meath, say they “have nothing to lose” in their dispute with processo(...)