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Farmer Writes: once a cow calves you can’t turn off the tap
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The end buyer must realise that farmers are producing and rearing youngstock to produce milk in three years’ time without knowing what the end price will be, Joe Collingborn writes.
Farmer Writes: on target with grazing for 2024
21 February 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: on target with grazing for 2024
I feel we never have enough grass in the spring and always have no problem getting it all grazed.
Farmer Writes: sounds and smells of calving return
21 February 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: sounds and smells of calving return
The smells and sounds of calving have made a return to Tommy Moyles' farm at Ardfield, Clonakilty, Cork. Most of his suckler herd will calve over the next few weeks.
There is too much negativity in farming
A short city break has reminded John Egerton that farmers have much to be thankful for.
21 February 2024 Northern Ireland
Farmer Writes: grazing has ground to a halt
The constant rain has caused the paddocks to flood with, the tracks under eight inches of water, writes Joe Collingborn.
18 February 2024 Farmer Writes
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
Farmer Writes: A relief on the slurry front
We’re having a more leisurely spring than usual, along with a break of roughly six weeks between calving.
14 February 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: Days of industrious farmers are gone
Soon there will probably be no native whitethorn propagation and it’ll be all imported stock, which risks bringing the fire blight disease.
14 February 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: SCEP stars saga continues
Farmer anger from last year hasn't eased as Tommy Moyles discovered when he attended the IFA protest in Clonakilty. He wonders if candidates will try to harness that anger in upcoming elections?
7 February 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: calving well under way
Calving kicked off on Padraig Callanan's farm in Abbeyleix in the second week of January.
7 February 2024 Farmer Writes
Multiple benefits from batch calving dairy cows
Castlederg dairy farmer Jessica Pollock has cows calving in two distinct batches.
7 February 2024 Farmer Writes
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