Farm Programmes
Restoring bogs – and hope – in Co Tipperary
This ‘day on the bog’ is about restoration - not only of this special place, but of hope in the future stewardship of the wider Irish landscape and the vital role that farmers can play.
Planting trees to capture ammonia on Limerick dairy farm
14 February 2024 Footprint Farmers
Planting trees to capture ammonia on Limerick dairy farm
Planting a tree belt can be an effective way to reduce ammonia emissions from farm buildings, while simultaneously providing a lively habitat for biodiversity, writes Emma Hart.
Reflections on a career as a farming consultant in Co Clare
7 February 2024 Footprint Farmers
Reflections on a career as a farming consultant in Co Clare
After almost three decades as a farm adviser, Patsy Carrucan was happy to retire from the growing workload, ‘trickier’ applications and ever-shrinking timeframes involved, writes Brendan Dunford.
A record-breaking 2023: our warmer world means weirder weather
Ultimately, lived experience of changing weather patterns could change farming practices far faster than any scheme, payment or regulation.
31 January 2024 Footprint Farmers
Regenerative farming in Roscommon
Robert and Mervyn Auchmuty have a keen interest in sustainability and see how cutting costs and enhancing nature are absolutely compatible, writes Brendan Dunford.
24 January 2024 Footprint Farmers
Irreplaceable value of old native woodland
Once lost, the rich tapestry of life that characterises ancient woodland cannot be restored within our lifetimes, or even those of our children or grandchildren.
17 January 2024 Footprint Farmers
Irish farmers’ journeys - stories of passion, profit and purpose
While income is a key, shared motivation for all the farmers I have met, so too is their pursuit of ‘wellbeing’ in their farming lives writes Brendan Dunford.
10 January 2024 Footprint Farmers
Tree planting:native species for biodiversity, native provenance for biosecurity
There is a simple reason why native trees are better for biodiversity: they have co-evolved with the native flora and fauna of Ireland over many thousands of years, writes Emma Hart
20 December 2023 Footprint Farmers
Disease risk from imported whitethorn
ACRES is a scheme conceptualised to help address widespread biodiversity decline in Ireland. Importing disease risk to meet tree planting targets seems a case of robbing Peter to pay Paul.
20 December 2023 Footprint Farmers
Tracking profit margins in Monaghan 
“Pat McKenna’s perspective on farming is guided, like any business, by making a profit, but also by his love of nature, born in part from tracking wildlife as a youth,” writes Brendan Dunford.
13 December 2023 Footprint Farmers
Plant diversity is key to soil health
Diverse planting practices have been at the core of our food production systems for thousands of years, writes Emma Hart.
6 December 2023 Footprint Farmers
Seeds of sustainability in west Cork
Madeline McKeever’s farming journey has been guided by a lifelong commitment to sustainability, and the diversity of her 30ac enterprise is testament to her efforts, writes Brendan Dunford.
29 November 2023 Footprint Farmers