Farming

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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Ford 100 Fest on Ford family farm to mark 100 years of Ford in Ireland

Posted on: 3rd August, 2017 in Farming

The West Cork Vintage Ploughing and Threshing Association’s Ford 100 Fest will take place on the ancestral home-farm of Henry Ford at Crohane, Ballinascarthy on Sunday, August 27. Billed as a great day out for the whole family, the event...

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West Cork farmers take gold at National Farmer of the Year Awards

Posted on: 29th June, 2017 in Farming

Tom and Alice O’Sullivan from Crookstown have been named as winners at the nationwide Farmer of the Year Awards, which were held in Dublin in May. The couple took home the gold together in the Dairy Farmer of the Year...

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Carbery farmer’s sustainability success story presented in Rome

Posted on: 6th December, 2016 in Farming

Michael and Marguerite Crowley, winners of the 2016 Carbery Quality Milk award were invited to speak at a recent UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) conference. The Crowley’s presented at the LEAP (Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance Partnership) seminar in...

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