Farmer Writes: ICBF evaluation changes causing some controversy
James Strain
A bit more discussion is needed around the changes to the ICBF evaluation changes, James Strain writes.
7 November 2023 News
Farmer Writes: world-class speakers at Barnett-Hall grain conference
Pedro Dejneka, Gerry Hussey, Rachel Connor and Dan Basse took to the stage at the Barnett-Hall customer grain conference in the Heritage Hotel, Co Laois, last week.
21 October 2023 Farmer Writes
Farmer writes: to vaccinate or not vaccinate
Farmer James Strain writes about keeping his store lambs thriving and his approach to flock health.
Farmer writes: last minute winter preparations
Farmer James Strain writes of his last-minute rush to get ready for winter housing.
17 October 2023 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: getting out of sucklers
Farmers James Strain writes about his decision to get out of suckler farming and explains why he’s starting a new venture.
12 September 2023 Farmer Writes
Farmer writes: everyone has a different opinion on how to best put in silage
Farmer James Strain remembers a time when second-cut was done in September but land is just not quite that wet this year.
8 August 2023 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: soil moisture deficit is no longer
The rain has caused the lime to turn "into what can only be described as a batch of mortar", writes James Strain.
31 July 2023 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: Teagasc Signpost programme to support climate action
James Strain attended the launch of the new Signpost advisory programme in Donegal last week.
13 July 2023 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: Organics isn’t for everyone but can be very successful
James Strain from Donegal visited a completely organic tillage farm in Muff recently, where a gross margin of €1,483/ha is being achieved.
30 June 2023 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: the first hay in 28 years
The summer of 1995 was a scorcher and it was the last time hay was made on our farm, James Strain writes.
19 June 2023 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: ACRES - riparian buffer zone
Letting the field go wild as part of the per-ha payment should easily generate more income for the farm, writes James Strain.
29 May 2023 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: silage 2023 meant pulling an all-nighter
The first cut of James Strain's red clover silage has gotten underway with 60 bales made from five acres.
22 May 2023 Farmer Writes