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(...)

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(...)

Figures from the Department of Agriculture suggest the State’s milk supply is currently 6.93 per cent over-quota

Ireland could be hit with a record €80 million fine for exceeding its milk quota this year if the current level of supply is not curtailed.With the EU(...)

IFA president Eddie Downey: said dairy farmers needed support at local and European level to deal with volatility in milk prices. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Correspondent, in Naas Dairy farmers have been urged to avoid “groupthink” and getting carried away with expansion plans just because milk quotas are(...)

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(...)

Pictured at the Precisiondairy launch were: Paddy Halton, True North Mapping, Prof Willie Donnelly, TSSG, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney, Dr Bernadette O’Brien, Teagasc, Prof Gerry Boyle, director Teagasc and Dr Frank O’Mara, director of research, Teagasc.

With the EU milk quota regime due to end in April 2015, Irish farmers will for the first time in more than a generation be able to produce as much mil(...)

With Irish livestock and dairy production mainly pasture-based, achieving greater efficiency in grass production will be critical to achieving Food Harvest 2020 targets

If there are two things Ireland has no shortage of, they are grass and rain. It is not for nothing that the country is known throughout the world as t(...)