Northern Ireland
Wet weather puts contingency plan under strain
Derek Robinson
Having a contingency plan for relentless rain is vital for farming businesses, writes Derek Robinson
20 March 2024 Farmer Writes
A story about a dead ewe and lamb
Derek Robinson was accused of being responsible for a neighbour's dead sheep
28 February 2024 Farmer Writes
TB stands for 'trouble brewing'
Derek Robinson fears a significant hit to income after an outbreak of TB in an associated herd.
Analysis of bales doesn’t stack up
Despite harvesting in ideal conditions, the energy value of baled silage is lower than expected, writes Derek Robinson.
14 February 2024 Northern Ireland
Back to school for soil scheme training
Derek Robinson has completed the online training that comes with the soil nutrient health scheme.
24 January 2024 Farmer Writes
2023 – a year that rubbed salt into raw wounds
The incessant rain of the summer and autumn of 2023 won’t be easily forgotten, writes Derek Robinson
10 January 2024 Farmer Writes
Insight into the battle with itchy sheep
The stigma around sheep scab is doing the industry no favours, writes Derek Robinson.
20 December 2023 Farmer Writes
The older I get, the less I know about sheep
Dung samples of lambs threw up some unexpected results for Derek Robinson.
6 December 2023 Farmer Writes
Laurel tree delivers latest safety warning
Derek Robinson was caught out when cutting branches off a mature laurel in an area of woodland
15 November 2023 Northern Ireland
A challenging year with a silver lining
It was a difficult summer and autumn to keep contract-reared dairy heifers well-fed and healthy, writes Derek Robinson
1 November 2023 Farmer Writes
Wet weather – it’s bad for your health
Three months of near incessant rain takes its toll, writes Derek Robinson.
11 October 2023 Farmer Writes
Spring barley 2023 - it was nearly a miracle
The crop was better than expected, but finances are unlikely to stack up, writes Derek Robinson.
27 September 2023 Farmer Writes