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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.
Gerald Potterton gives a well thought-out reponse to a letter in last week's Irish Farmers Journal questioning his beliefs around minimum tillage or min-till to many.
By Gerald Potterton on 14 December 2017
You can’t put a price on time spent planning, writes Kieran Sullivan, but you need to leave enough space for uncertainties too.
By Kieran Sullivan on 11 December 2017
Chyenne Smith and her husband Jay ranch right on the Montana-Idaho border in the Rocky Mountains.
By Farmers Journal on 14 December 2017
Now is the time for primary producers to take a better grip of the sale and marketing of the food they produce, according to Brian Nicholson.
By Brian Nicholson on 14 December 2017
Having milky suckler cows are important and many of these have dairy herd genetics from bygone times, as the lyric goes: "You never know what you got ‘til it’s gone", writes James Mimnagh.
By James Mimnagh on 08 December 2017
Bill O'Keeffe is just a week away from having the herd dried off and thoughts are already turning to what improvements need to be made next year.
By Bill O'Keeffe on 07 December 2017
Didier Lucas is a pig and tillage farmer who lives with his wife and two children in Brittany, France.
By Contributor on 07 December 2017
Co Sligo farmer Trevor Boland is stressing the need to look at what fodder you need for the winter and to plan early to address any shortfalls.
By Trevor Boland on 04 December 2017
Tommy Moyles' farm in Clonakility is motoring on nicely as we head towards Christmas, with just the memories of a dodgy tractor on his mind.
By Tommy Moyles on 07 December 2017
Co Kilkenny tillage and vegetable farmer Julian Hughes has rocked the sector by declaring he is celiac, but he has faith for the long-term viability of cereals.
By Julian Hughes on 30 November 2017
It has been a wet and windy November, which has affected the crops, but the bigger issue for Gerald Potterton is the impending tax bill.
By Gerald Potterton on 30 November 2017
After a watching the boys in green and getting the sheds washed, Brian Nicholson again thinks that electronic sheep tagging is the way the sector should go.
By Brian Nicholson on 30 November 2017
Huge labour savings, fully galvanised. Heavy duty construction...

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