Rebecca Windrum and Alesha McAloon with their goats Millie & Minnie at the Virginia Agricultural Show in Cavan on Wednesday afternoon. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

The cows looked as fed up as the punters in the torrential rain watching the animals compete to be champion cow at the 78th annual Virginia Show. The(...)

Angus Woods, Chairman IFA National Livestock Committee, Damian McDonald, Director General of the Irish Farmers Association  and Joe Healy, IFA President leave beef talks at the Department of Agriculture in Celbridge, Co Kildare on Monday. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Meat Industry Ireland (MII) is to consult its members on a range of concessions to beef farmers discussed during marathon talks which extended into th(...)

The Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, persuaded the grassroots Beef Plan movement to stand down their protests and take part in talks last Friday. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Talks began on Monday afternoon aimed at resolving the dispute between cattle farmers and meat processors over the price paid for animals, which led t(...)

Farmers say for every €10 of beef bought off the shelves, the farmer gets €2, the processor gets €2.90 and the supermarket gets €5.10. Photograph: Todd Korol/Reuters

For Hugh Doyle, farmer protests that have been crippling meat factories around the country are nothing less than a last-gasp fight for the very surviv(...)

Weak sterling: The pound has dropped to a two-year low against the euro. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Irish exporters may have to battle further falls in sterling as the Brexit crisis drags on, one expert has warned as the British pound plunged against(...)

Maggie Doyle, stand-in host on the Ryan Tubridy Show, fails to  curry favour with Tubridy and his fans over Paul McCartney.

The job of replacement radio presenter is a tricky one. On one hand, you need to differentiate yourself from the normal host in order to leave an impr(...)

A thermometer showing over 40 degrees at the Volklingen Ironworks in Volklingen, Germany. Western Europe has been hit by another heatwave which is setting new temperature records. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland must be prepared for extreme heatwaves of the kind that recently swept across Europe, the head of the Climate Change Advisory Council has warn(...)

‘Reducing the Irish suckler herd will result in an increase in global emissions,’ says the IFA’s president. Photograph: Alan Betson

Calls to significantly reduce Ireland’s cattle herd in order to meet 2030 carbon reduction targets have been dismissed as “flawed logic” by farmers. (...)

People enjoy the good weather on Portmarnock Beach, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ireland must prepare to deal with extreme future heat waves of the kind that recently swept across Europe, the head of the Climate Change Advisory Cou(...)

Jarlath Farrell from Tuam, Co Galway at the farmers’ protest outside the Dáil. Photograph: Alan Betson

Over a thousand farmers gathered at Leinster House on Wednesday in protest against rural Ireland austerity and the Mercosur trade deal, which is seen (...)

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