Farm Ireland

Saturday 24 March 2018

Take it as read: We'll keep you in the know!

Declan O'Brien

Declan O'Brien

This week's National Ploughing Championships should be a more relaxed occasion than was the case for the past two years.

Having taken a hammering in 2008 and last year, farmer incomes have thankfully bounced back.

A recovery in milk and sheep prices, improved returns for store cattle and decent margins for tillage growers have, to some extent, restored confidence in the sector.

However, serious challenges remain -- those considering winter finishing cattle will testify -- and being informed of developments in terms of prices and policies is essential.

It is in providing unbiased information on both these fronts that the Farming Independent sees its role.

Readers can enjoy an expanded and revamped supplement this week, with 64 pages offered for the National Ploughing Championships edition.

From next Tuesday, the Farming Independent moves to 32 pages. This includes increased livestock coverage, with Joe Healy continuing to provide in-depth reports on factory and mart prices both for cattle and sheep.

With margins in the beef and sheep businesses wafer thin, being kept up to date with developments at factory and mart level is crucial. Joe Healy delivers this market analysis every Tuesday morning.

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Darragh McCullough also aims to keep money and margins to the fore in our new Farm Finance pages.

Expert advice on both legal and taxation issues is backed up with all the relevant information farmers require on the full range of agricultural schemes.

John Shirley, Joe Barry and Caitrionas Murphy have a track record of calling things as they see them, even if it does ruffle a few feathers -- and their input will continue to be given pride of place.

On the farm management pages, the mix of technical and farmer writers provides a balance of the necessary information with the practical application.

And last but certainly not least, the Farming Independent has a reputation of staying true to its name in the reporting of news. That's the way we aim to keep it.

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