Farming

A tough spring for farmers

Posted on: 8th May, 2018 in Farming

The last month has been absolute misery from a farming perspective. One farmer, recording rainfall in the Bantry area, recorded an inch of rainfall for April 2017, whereas this year the figure is just under eight inches for the month....

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West Cork in the national spotlight

Posted on: 3rd April, 2018 in Farming

While weather has proved extremely difficult this March, it has been a busy month in the world of West Cork agriculture. West Cork winners in the 2018 Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools competition Hitting the headlines recently were St Brogan’s...

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Food for thought

Posted on: 9th March, 2018 in Farming

CEO of Bord Bia and Clonakilty native, Tara McCarthy, says that you can’t help but be immersed in a food culture when you come from a place like West Cork. “Whether it’s from a fishing perspective, farming, entrepreneurship, the co-ops,...

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Helping farmers become more sustainable

Posted on: 9th March, 2018 in Farming

As Business and Technology Dairy Advisor with Teagasc, Grainne Hurley’s main role is knowledge transfer with the core aim of helping farmers to become more sustainable. She also facilitates five Knowledge Transfer (KT) discussion groups in West Cork. Teagasc –...

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The Crowley’s ‘give it welly’ when it comes to excellence in dairy farming

Posted on: 9th March, 2018 in Farming

You wouldn’t normally expect to find a farm in rural Ireland mentioned in the Lonely Planet but thanks to a group of five enterprising family farmers, West Cork Farm Tours, which is proving to be a roaring success, it gets...

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Farm and work safely to take centre stage at Clonakilty Show

Posted on: 9th March, 2018 in Farming

By Donal McCarthy, Show Secretary Farm and Work Safely will be an integral part of Clonakilty Agricultural Show on Sunday, June 10, 2018. For the past eight years farming has been identified as the most dangerous occupation to follow in...

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Teaching the lay of the land

Posted on: 9th March, 2018 in Farming

Clonakilty Agricultural College at Darrara has been educating some of our finest farmers since 1905 and, since 2012 the college has also been undertaking research in dairy production systems and breed comparisons. College lecturer Karen O’Connell is the course coordinator...

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Building and beef

Posted on: 9th March, 2018 in Farming

In the midst of the rich fertile farmland of Barryroe, surrounded by dairymen, Barbara O’Donovan (nee Wycherley) has a small holding of 42 Limousin cattle on 75 acres of land. Suckler farming is not an easy business to be in....

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