Farming

Facing the unknown

Posted on: 4th March, 2019 in Farming

Lately there’s no escaping Brexit and the uncertainty it casts over the agriculture sector. Like it has been for almost two years it’s a case of waiting to see what decisions will come from the House of Commons before there...

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Peeling back the layers

Posted on: 4th March, 2019 in Farming

It’s one layer at a time when it comes to the business of peeling onions, as Eamon Crowley, owner of the Irish Onion Company based in Bandon tells Mary O’Brien. Since establishing the business in 2012, Eamon has strived layer...

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Girl Power on the farm

Posted on: 4th March, 2019 in Farming

Yorkshire native Laura Cable (26) manages a 130-cow farm just outside Clonakilty. Although she grew up on a beef and sheep farm, Laura’s heart is now in dairy. She talks to Mary O’Brien about how a young woman ends up...

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A farmer who embraces change

Posted on: 4th March, 2019 in Farming

Farm partnerships can help to improve your work-life balance and develop your farm business, as Kilbrittain farmer Lawrence Sexton has learned through firsthand experience. Lawrence is part of a three-way partnership ‘LJG Dairy’ with two neighbours, John Hallissey and Guy...

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Is Winter really here?

Posted on: 4th February, 2019 in Farming

From a farming perspective the last few weeks have been fantastic. Since the middle of December temperatures have consistently been between eight and 14 degrees Celcius. It’s perfect early season grass growing weather – the kind that farmers longed for...

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Looking back and ahead

Posted on: 14th January, 2019 in Farming

2019 will see a number of Irish agricultural anniversaries take place. Bord Bia will be in existence 25 years. The food marketing body was founded in 1994 as an amalgamation of the Coras Beostoic agus Feola (the Irish Meat and...

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Sometimes routine has to go out the window

Posted on: 10th December, 2018 in Farming

Weaning is now complete and by mid-December the daily routine for the next two months should be up and running. This winter I’ve found myself counting the bale stacks once a week to try and keep track of the silage...

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Dry autumn weather takes pressure off

Posted on: 5th November, 2018 in Farming

Generally from early October paddocks are closed up and not used for grazing again until next spring. This is done in rotation with the paddocks you want to use first in the spring being closed first. This is to allow...

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