A rollercoaster of a year behind us

Posted on: 10th December, 2019 in Farming

In Billy Joel’s 1989 hit ‘We didn’t start the fire’ he chronicles the 40 years between 1949 and 1989 simply by stitching a series of headlines from the period together. Listening to it, hearing the words sets off images of...

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The best-laid plans

Posted on: 6th November, 2019 in Farming

One of the most frustrating things in farming is the uncontrollables, which can throw the best-laid plans out of kilter. Being flexible with your system is the best way to counter them. Animals, markets and weather would be among the...

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A changing landscape

Posted on: 8th October, 2019 in Farming

Farming has changed and will keep changing: Consumer, market and social trends all play a part. All you need do is ask any of the older generation in West Cork and they will tell you how the countryside has evolved....

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The man in the overalls will be king yet

Posted on: 10th September, 2019 in Farming

August 2019 will be remembered as a tumultuous month in the annals of Irish beef history. A series of protests outside beef factories brought production to a standstill at a number of plants throughout the country, the ABP plant in...

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A lot for farmers to take in

Posted on: 6th August, 2019 in Farming

It’s been a hectic few weeks on the agriculture scene. The more I think about it – manic might even be a better description. Right across the board – from fields and yards, through to the corridors of power in...

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A roaming bull

Posted on: 5th July, 2019 in Farming

My farming life has taught me you have to be prepared for many different possibilities. These can happen over a number of years or at times you have to be prepared for a few eventualities happening on a single day....

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What lies ahead?

Posted on: 4th June, 2019 in Farming

You’d think it was a different planet that we were farming if you were to compare last year with 2019. I seem to keep rattling on about weather and I probably didn’t even realise myself, until I began writing, how...

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Weathering the storms

Posted on: 7th May, 2019 in Farming

Whenever there is stormy weather I’m more strategic with where the cows and calves graze. Strict grazing rules get glossed over and the priority becomes working out which ditch offers more protection from the wind. I’m very glad of the...

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