Phil Hogan: the EU’s agriculture commissioner will not attend due to illness. Photograph: Eric Luke

Thousands of farmers are expected to descend on Brussels today as EU agriculture ministers meet to discuss the crisis in the dairy industry that has s(...)

Rosanna Davison: ‘gluten in food should be avoided’.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

In 2003, Rosanna Davison was crowned the world’s most beautiful woman when she won Miss World. By 2012, with dad Chris de Burgh’s blessing, Davison(...)

The Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association said a new case of suspected BSE is a disappointment but not a catastrophe.

Mad Cow Disease? I thought we got rid of that years ago. How did it get back into the country? BSE, or Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, never went aw(...)

The cow in the suspected BSE case was a Rotbunt cow, a rare pedigree breed is from a Louth farm well-regarded for its standards.

Investigations into the suspected BSE case on a dairy farm near Louth village are considering the possibility that the five-year-old cow may have cont(...)

The Department of Agriculture is publishing details of payments received by farmers under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) this weekend. Me(...)

Farming organisations are urging their members to use their votes in the forthcoming referendums. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The leading farming and rural organisations are not making recommendations on how their members should vote in the referendums on marriage equality a(...)

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’(...)

Glad to see the end of quotas: Mike Magan, a Co Longford dairy farmer, says the system brought the worst of both worlds, as milk prices fell rather than rose. Photograph: James Flynn/APX 2:10

When Mike Magan began farming, in 1971, there was a feeling that anything was possible. Ireland joined the EEC in 1973, “and the following years we(...)

Phil Hogan: Considering the possibility of penalising farmers for farm-safety breaches by reducing their farm payments. Photograph: The Irish Times

EU commissioner for agriculture Phil Hogan has defended the decision to publish details of payments to farmers under the single-farm payment scheme, i(...)