“Improving profitability at farm level will be key to a strong future for the livestock sector,” says IFA president Eddie Downey. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Just under 40 per cent of Irish beef farmers are planning to invest in their business over the next three years, according to a report produced by AI(...)

“Unless escalating input costs such as fertiliser are effectively addressed at EU level and elsewhere, the ability of farm families to continue to produce an affordable food supply for the expanding world population will be compromised,” Irish Farmers’ Association president Eddie Downey said. File photograph:  Sandra Mu/Getty Images

Farmers have urged the European Commission to begin an inquiry into the fertiliser industry due to rising prices. Irish Farmers’ Association president(...)

Seán O’Donnell, a dairy farmer from Co Mayo, won the Young Farmer of the Year award in 2014

The search is on to find the top young Irish farmer. Macra na Feirme has launched this year’s FBD Young Farmer of the Year award and the winner will b(...)

IFA general secretary Pat Smith, book editor Matt Dempsey, Ray MacSharry and IFA president Eddie Downey at the book launch. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Former EU commissioner Ray MacSharry has challenged Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald to come “out on the street” and repeat allegations she m(...)

Thomas Dwan, IFA dairy chairman Seán O’Leary and Edmond Dwan, with the family herd near Thurles, Co Tipperary on the last day of milk quotas. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

The country’s 18,000 dairy farmers are waking up to a new dawn this morning following the abolition of milk quotas at midnight. Today marks the(...)

A TTIP deal could encompass almost half the global economy, potentially generating €92 billion in added output for the EU and US.

EU negotiators must ensure the interests of Irish and European farmers are not sacrificed in pursuit of an overall trade deal with the US, the Irish F(...)

Senator Gerard Craughwell: suggested “accident-free days” notices

Leading GAA figures should be used to promote farm safety, the Seanad public consultation committee has heard. The committee also heard suggestions f(...)

 Irish Farmers Association  president Eddie Downey: he said the policy scenarios were “hypothetical and illustrative”. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Farm groups have expressed concerns about a climate change report which offers scenarios that would result in major reductions in the size of Ireland’(...)

The IFA and Crimestoppers have launched a campaign to help prevent livestock theft. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

David Hall’s young daughter still asks when the cattle are coming back.Cattle rustlers stole 17 animals from his field in Newbliss, Co Monaghan last J(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney launching Irish beef in New York: “It is a good start today.”

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney expects other Irish meat producers to follow Larry Goodman’s ABP quickly into the US after the lifting of a 17(...)