The changes in CAP and the end of the milk quota structure in Irish dairy farming poses new challenges for farming in Ireland. I am sure our farmers can succeed in their new environment.
Some urban people have a mistaken view of farming as backward or they see farming with rose tinted glasses. Farmers like other people can have progressive as well as conservative views. Modern farming is a high tech business. New machines and smart phones etc have changed farming. Irish farmers want to produce products that meet the highest animal welfare and environmental standards. The possibilities of the Chinese market showes that Irish agriculture has great potential to produce good jobs.
The Co-op movement has being a blessing for farmers. It would be a shame if co-ops were replaced by multi national food businesses. Co-op businesses provide a fair price to farmers. Farmers control their business through the co-op. As an example of successful co-op business I would like to mention the expansion of Dairygold in Mallow county Cork. Happy new year
John I Brien.