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Farmer Writes: the start of fertiliser season
James Strain
James Strain hopes to be able to cut his red clover sometime in the first half of May.
Wet weather puts contingency plan under strain
10 April 2024 Northern Ireland
Wet weather puts contingency plan under strain
Having a contingency plan for relentless rain is vital for farming businesses, writes Derek Robinson
Farmer Writes: spring emerging into action
10 April 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: spring emerging into action
Karen McCabe remembers when the first slatted shed was built on her farm, and even though the previous generations were hardy, she reckons even they would be fed up of the weather by now.
Farmer Writes: old favourites and why big is not always beautiful
Gerald Potterton bought several tractors from Favourit Tractors until Fendt was acquired by AGCO.
10 April 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: four failed attempts at turnout
I’m always happier to talk about things that are going wrong rather than things that are going right (as that will tempt fate), writes English dairy farmer Joe Collingborn.
10 April 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: no dry weather for March
With any luck it will be dry this week, but the forecast at the weekend didn't give me much optimism.
3 April 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: 12 months' rain in nine
The rain rolls on in west Cork as well as everywhere else in the country and Tommy Moyles has had to adapt his farm plans accordingly.
3 April 2024 Farmer Writes
Mycotoxins linked to failures in the bulk tank
A high level of mycotoxins in some second cut silage has had a costly impact, writes Jessica Pollock.
3 April 2024 Northern Ireland
Farmer Writes: a story behind every farm
Times have moved on; things have changed and farms have become less parochial, writes Joe Collingborn.
2 April 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: every day's a school day
'Demand for cattle is strong and the price is decent. There was a lot of meal consumed over the winter, but all in all I’m happy with how they did' - James Strain.
1 April 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: this year may be a financial disaster
"I decided to sow 50ac of our lowest yielding tillage land to grass and arable silage this spring. I like some dog and stick farming."
27 March 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: one less hour of rain
Thankfully the clocks go forward this weekend which means we’ll get an hour less rain, writes Karen McCabe.
27 March 2024 Farmer Writes