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Farmer Writes news, comment and opinion from the Irish Farmers Journal

The Farmers Journal team of farmer writes journalists from Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and beyond are dedicated to providing local farming news, comment and opinion across the dairy, beef & tillage sectors.
While technology is readily available to check the weather, Gerald Potterton still believes that the trusty old radio report each morning is the clear rule to go by.
By Patrick Donohoe on 27 July 2017
At this time of year, James Strain likes to keep a real close eye on cows and especially dry heifers for summer mastitis.
By James Strain on 24 July 2017
Grass growth is flying for Brian Nicholson, while he has also got the annual blowfly strike dip done on the sheep. He also takes a look at the much-maligned Knowledge Transfer programme.
By Brian Nicholson on 27 July 2017
The cows are milking well on Bill O'Keeffe's farm in Co Kilkenny but he is left wondering why Glanbia is not performing better in the milk price review.
By Bill O'Keeffe on 20 July 2017
A recent trip to the abattoir proved to be a stressful experience for Co Down farmer Derek Robinson.
By Derek Robinson on 20 July 2017
Tommy Moyles takes the microscope to his calving figures and statistics from the past few years.
By Tommy Moyles on 20 July 2017
Derek Robinson has entered into an agreement with a dairy farmer to rear heifers to the point of calving.
By Derek Robinson on 13 July 2017
Co Kilkenny vegetable and tillage farmer Julian Hughes is thinking more and more about the small margins in order to be a success.
By Julian Hughes on 13 July 2017
Dairy farmer Jean McLean farms 286 acres at Mains of Culsh in Aberdeenshire with her son, John.
By Odile Evans on 13 July 2017
Gerald Potterton has had the harvest creep up fast on him, so much so that the annual stay-cation had to be cut short.
By Gerald Potterton on 13 July 2017
After six years in the BETTER sheep programme, Brian Nicholson finishes up with one last open day.
By Brian Nicholson on 13 July 2017
If we can’t clean up our act then there is a real possibility the MCPA could be banned at Irish or European level.
By James Strain on 10 July 2017
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