Farming

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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Talking cows until the cows come home

Posted on: 9th March, 2018 in Farming

The phrase ‘she’s some woman for one woman’ comes to mind after meeting Caroline Walsh (nee O’Neill). Originally from Ballinadee, Caroline (33) now lives and farms in Crohane, Ballinascarthy, milking 70 cows. She is married to Joe Walsh, an agricultural...

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When cows are your calling

Posted on: 9th March, 2018 in Farming

Back in 2011 Vanessa Kiely O’Connor and her family won the Carbery Top Milk Quality Supplier Award and the same year represented Bandon Co-op to win the National Dairy Council Award for Best Quality in a herd under 50 cows....

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Rain, slurry deadlines and housing

Posted on: 9th October, 2017 in Farming

Bursts of heavy rain over the last month has seen grazing conditions across the country compounded with cattle housed in parts. Farmers in West Cork recorded between 40mm and 50mm of rainfall on Tuesday, September 26. In Bantry, some 56mm...

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