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Farmer Writes: Days of industrious farmers are gone
Gerald Potterton
Soon there will probably be no native whitethorn propagation and it’ll be all imported stock, which risks bringing the fire blight disease.
31 January 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: tree scheme is money for jam
In my experience, between the manner in which it has dealt with ash dieback, felling licences and bureaucracy, the like of which I now speak, anyone would be mad to contemplate planting.
17 January 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: in the market for a new tractor
I’m thinking of buying one new tractor and selling two, writes Gerald Potterton this week.
Farmer Writes: a brief history of land reclamation
Irish land reclamation was the war cry for the past 250 years, and I think we should mark its passing with a brief history.
3 January 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: Bring on gene editing
Operation Transformation’s Eddie Murphy warned us that loneliness is so damaging to our mental health, it’s the same as smoking 10 Major every day.
20 December 2023 Farmer Writes
Farmer writes: true countrymen are disappearing
"I was privileged to grow up amongst real countrymen, men who were in tune with nature, the weather and folklore."
6 December 2023 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: an unsettling time in the fields
The grassland is more poached than ever before, even though the cattle are housed for over a month.
22 November 2023 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: Wisteria could wreck your house and your marriage
Gerald Potterton writes that the real beauty of a wisteria is not to have one on your own house, but to appreciate it on a stately home like Borris House.
8 November 2023 News
Farmer Writes: This autumn is best forgotten
Tillage and beef farmer Gerald Potterton writes about the autumnal weather and its impact on fieldwork.
25 October 2023 Farmer Writes
The story of a Meath agricultural college
Farmer Gerald Potterton writes of the once busy Warrenstown Agricultural College in Co Meath.
27 September 2023 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: I’ve driven a Land Rover for 45 years
Farmer Gerald Potterton writes about the benefits for growing beans this year and his love of his lost Land Rover.
13 September 2023 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: flat Lucozade and flat wheat
"Lodging and the awful July has taken its toll," Gerald Potterton says of his harvest progression.
16 August 2023 News