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Farmer Writes: A busy few days - on the farm and off
James Strain
Catching up on work never seems to go as planned, especially when the work involves quad-mounted sprayers, writes farmer James Strain.
16 May 2022 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: A seemingly bright future for milk prices
Grass is taking off at last on Joe Collingborn's farm, despite his efforts to pull back a little on fertiliser applications this spring.
11 May 2022 Farmer Writes
New cycle with the dairy heifers
Derek Robinson is now in the fifth year of putting contract-reared dairy heifers through a synchronisation programme.
Farmer Writes: danger of optimism in May
Kieran Sullivan is beginning to wean calves and planning for this winter's forage crop.
11 May 2022 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: last year's nitrogen proving a good buy
Tillage farmer Gerald Potterton is looking to make the best of high grain prices.
11 May 2022 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: a welcome drop of rain to bulk up the silage swards
Once silage is off, clover can be oversown, writes farmer Bill O’Keeffe as he gears up for the grass growth that will follow this week’s rain.
4 May 2022 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: twins with a twist and a strange incident in the night
Taking part in the latest rollout of the DNA registration pilot programme lead to an unexpected twin twist on Tommy Moyles’ farm.
4 May 2022 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: planning ahead for the next generation
John Egerton’s son William is now in control of the farm’s sheep flock.
4 May 2022 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: another late spring in Donegal
James Strain gives us an insight into the spring he was dealt and how he hopes to make silage in May, however unlikely it is looking at the moment.
4 May 2022 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: A tribute to Mother
Originally from Roscommon, Gerald Potterton's mother grew up with cattle and an appreciation of the countryside.
27 April 2022 Farmer Writes
Purebreds not behaving like proper sheep
Derek Robinson had some interesting struggles when lambing a few pedigree Bluefaced Leicester sheep.
27 April 2022 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: pulling curious calves out of drains
Karen McCabe breeds her first Limousin heifer by Wilodge Cerberus and talks about the trials and tribulations of curious calves when let out to grass for the first time.
26 April 2022 Farmer Writes