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Darren Carty
Darren Carty

Livestock specialist

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087 985 7575


Darren Carty is a livestock specialist in the Irish Farmers Journal specialising in the sheep and beef sectors. Areas focused on include technical features, grassland management, herd health, breeding and domestic and global market analysis. Darren is a committee member of the Irish Grassland Association and also sits on the management team of the Teagasc / Irish Farmers Journal and the Dairy Calf to Beef programme. He holds an honours degree in Animal Science from University College Dublin. Previous to joining the farmers Journal he worked as a Teagasc adviser in Galway. He hails from a suckler and sheep farm in county Galway. Aside from farming, he has a keen interest in sports.

There was a particularly lively trade for good-quality continental stores with their availability reducing even further in 2018.
By Darren Carty on 26 May 2018
Factories are testing farmer resolve, with spring lamb quotes for Thursday falling by 30c/kg to 40c/kg on last week’s levels.
By Darren Carty on 24 May 2018
Last week’s kill reverted back up over 31,000 head, but it left factory agents having to work much harder to source stock, offering higher quotes.
By Darren Carty on 24 May 2018
This week's notes cover grassland management, weight monitoring and sheep welfare scheme penalties.
By Darren Carty on 24 May 2018
John Large, host of Wednesday’s Irish Grassland Association farm walk says improving grassland management has delivered the greatest reward in his farming experience.
By Darren Carty on 24 May 2018
On one hand, factories are trying to dig in on prices offered to producers, while on the other hand, agents are careful not to lose out on any potential deals.
By Darren Carty on 21 May 2018
A few paddocks totalling about eight acres were mowed on Thursday evening and baled on Saturday morning.
By Darren Carty on 19 May 2018
There is a wide range of blowfly prevention products on the markets but it is important to note that there are vast differences in their characteristics.
By Darren Carty on 19 May 2018
The trade has strengthened in the second half of the week, with factories having to work harder to source required numbers.
By Darren Carty on 17 May 2018
Lessons from last year’s trade show that moving lambs in a timely fashion and reducing the volume of overweight carcases delivered can aid in maintaining higher prices.
By Darren Carty on 17 May 2018
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