Farmer Writes: a hi-tech machinery investment
James Strain
James Strain recently invested in a double bale lifter, the first one he has actually owned.
15 May 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: first-cut silage harvested in near-perfect conditions
James Strain took his first cut of red clover silage this week and plans to get some 0:7:30 on it and do the same in six weeks’ time.
29 April 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: new challenges keep things fresh
James Strain takes on a new challenge of contract-rearing heifers for a local dairy farmer.
Farmer Writes: the start of fertiliser season
James Strain hopes to be able to cut his red clover sometime in the first half of May.
15 April 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: every day's a school day
'Demand for cattle is strong and the price is decent. There was a lot of meal consumed over the winter, but all in all I’m happy with how they did' - James Strain.
1 April 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: soil, slurry and sheep
It's amazing how a slight change in the weather can affect livestock performance, writes James Strain.
19 March 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: PGI status for Irish Grass-Fed Beef
James Strain attended the launch of the protected geographical indication (PGI) status for Irish grass-fed beef and shares his thoughts.
4 March 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: you’ve got to have a dream
James Strain weighs up the pros and cons of concreting his yard.
20 February 2024 News
Farmers Writes: the end of an era and the beginning of another
Having made the decision a while back, James Strain has no cows on his farm for the first time in over 100 years.
6 February 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: cows coming fit for sale
My cows are well-fed and well-fleshed, so I’m leaning towards killing them, but every time I think I have my mind made up, something arises to cast a little doubt, writes James Strain.
24 January 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: 2023 was a year to forget
Co Donegal farmer James Strain reflects on the highs and lows of farming in 2023.
8 January 2024 News
Farmer Writes: thank God for a wife that doesn’t mind a bit of farming
Suckler farmer James Strain from Donegal talks about his return to hurling after 30 years in retirement.
19 December 2023 Farmer Writes