Inside this Thursday’s Irish Farmers Journal, we will have the full 2019 e-Profit Monitor results for our BETTER farm participants. These results will also be the final accounts to come out of phase three of the programme, after the third and final year came to a close at the end of January this year.

From the outset, the main financial target for participating farms was to hit the much sought-after €1,000/ha gross margin figure. While steady progress was made in year one of the programme (2017), it quickly became a case of ‘one-step forward, two steps back’ as disastrous weather conditions in 2018 brought progress to a standstill.