Official figures show the State’s milk supply was more than 5 per cent over-quota at the end of February  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Irish farmers are now certain to be stung with a record fine of up to €80 million for exceeding the State’s milk quota this year.With Europe’s long-st(...)

“Investing in a dairy expansion operation takes a lot of money; and if you don’t manage your budgets, when you have a fodder crisis you can’t feed your animals”

Farmers who do not take financial planning seriously could lose their farms if they run into difficult times, the State agricultural agency Teagasc h(...)

Dr Karen Twomey, research scientist at Tyndall National Institute, and Teagasc food scientist Dr Phil Kelly. They are working on a bio-sensor which will detect harmful spore-forming bacteria in milk much quicker than conventional testing

Scientists from Tyndall National Institute and Teagasc say their plans for a sensor which detects spore-forming bacteria in milk is a world first and(...)

‘The Burren Farming for Conservation Programme, which grew out of an EU Life scheme, has several distinctive features well worth emulating elsewhere.’ Photograph: Getty Images

There’s a very common notion, and a distinctly toxic one, that the relationship between farming and nature conservation in Ireland is necessarily a(...)

R Ford Denison: the professor of ecology, evolution and behaviour at the University of Minnesota

Can agriculture learn any lessons from Charles Darwin? Most definitely, according to R Ford Denison. The professor of ecology, evolution and behaviour(...)

Simon Coveney: People were “talking about young people leaving rural Ireland, but all of the evidence is the opposite for us in fact”. Photograph: The Irish Times

The reported demise of rural Ireland does not tally with the reality when it comes to farming, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has said. Mr Cov(...)

While milk prices have steadied in the first quarter of 2015, they are still some way off their peak.  Photograph: Nigel Marple/Reuters

Last year marked the end of a six-year, China-driven boom in milk prices. Beijing’s stockpiling of milk powder, Russia’s trade response to western sa(...)

Aaron Forde: “Currently the Aurivo milk cheque to farmers comes to more than €120 million a year.” Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography 2:10

Aurivo may not be a household name but its roots go back to 1897 when groups of farmers in the northwest came together to boost their incomes by churn(...)

 Glanbia’s new nutritional ingredients plant at Belview,  Co Kilkenny. Photograph:  Eamonn Farrell/Photocall

Jim Bergin likes to tell people he works with 4,800 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). He is chief executive of Glanbia Ingredients Ireland, (...)

Dairy farmer Michael Doran from Duncormick, Co Wexford. Doran used to be a well-known figure in the beef sector. Photograph: Patrick Browne

There was some surprise when it emerged that suckler farmer Michael Doran was taking up dairying. The farmer from Duncormick, Co Wexford, was a well-k(...)