Dairy farmers need support at local and European level to deal with volatility in milk prices, IFA president Eddie Downey has told the association’s c(...)

new investigations division has been set up in the Department of Agriculture, in a move welcomed by farm groups who Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said the Department of Agriculture’s new investigations division would be headed by a senior superintending veterinary officer and supported by a team of investigators. Photograph: Eric Luke

A new investigations division has been set up in the Department of Agriculture, in a move welcomed by farm groups who have been critical of the dep(...)

Crowds at the Ploughing: A new plan to tackle the theft of farm machinery was announced  at the National Ploughing Championships.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

A new plan to tackle the theft of farm machinery was announced by interim Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan and the Irish Farmers’ Association at (...)

The protest was held outside the Burger King  in Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photograph: Reuters

Farmers staged a protest outside Burger King in Tullamore, Co Offaly this evening ahead of a meeting on beef in the town.IFA president Eddie Downey an(...)

Farming orgaisations welcomed Phil Hogan’s appointment as agriculture commissioner while Fianna Fáil agriculture spokesman Éamon Ó Cuív urged him to tackle the current beef crisis.

There was universal welcome from farm organisations and farming figures for Phil Hogan’s appointment as EU commissioner for agriculture and rural affa(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney: IFA president Eddie Downey says Mr Coveney’s involvement essential to ensure genuine progress made between farmers and meat factories. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Farmers have urged Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to remain centrally involved in efforts to resolve the crisis in the beef sector.Speaking b(...)

 IFA president Eddie Downey: IFA president Eddie Downey said he had made it very clear to Simon  Coveney that farmers were angry and frustrated over the way their incomes had been cut.   Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Meat factories have been urged by Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to show as much flexibility as possible to farmers when it comes to weight (...)

Prof Gerry Boyle, director of Teagasc and Martin O’Halloran, chief executive of the Health and Safety Authority at the National Conference on Farm Safety and Health in Kilkenny. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Farm accidents have killed some 20 people this year but farmers have been warned this could rise as enterprises expand when milk quotas are lifted n(...)

The IFA says cattle prices have fallen €200-€400 per head since this time last year

The current difficulties in the beef industry have led to the biggest crisis to ever face livestock farmers, IFA president Eddie Downey has said.He s(...)

The recent Mercosur summit in Caracas, Venezuela. Photograph: EPA

After being stalled for years, trade talks between the EU and the South American bloc Mercosur are showing signs of life, with a deal that could have (...)