Calving to commence on 1 February

Dairy farmer Peter Norton from Donaghmore, Johnstown, Co Kilkenny, feeds silage to his cows which have been housed since 1 December 2022. \ Philip Doyle

Dairy farmer Peter Norton. \ Philip Doyle

Nursing to full-time farming

After completing a degree in nursing and working in Beaumont Hospital for two years, in 2019, Laura decided to come home to farm full-time. \ Claire Nash

Laura is in partnership with her dad on the farm in Derrypatrick, Co Meath. \ Claire Nash

Dog Belle. \ Claire Nash

Dog Belle. \ Claire Nash

Laura Hannon. \ Claire Nash

Fifty years on

This month marks 50 years since Ireland joined the European Economic Community (EEC). In these pictures, we look back at some content from the Irish Farmers Journal archive.

NFA president TJ Maher and foreign affairs minister Dr. Patrick Hillery at Dublin Airport returning from an EEC meeting on sugar beet quotas in 1972, a week before Ireland signed the Accession Treaty.

January 1972: The week Ireland signed up - Jimmy Doyle forks straw bales from a cart at Ballyshanogue, Clonegal, Co Wexford. Straw bales were freely availablle at 10p per bale and, at that time, were described as good value. \ Steve Treacy

IFJ front cover from January 1960: NFA questioning the merits of joining the EEC.

Over 700 tractors take part in Christmas charity tractor run

Over 700 tractors took part in the annual Livingstone Christmas Charity Tractor Run. \ Houston Green

The run raised money for three charities: Southern Area Hospice; Northern Ireland Childrens Hospice; Air Ambulance NI. \ Houston Green

Naomi Boyd from Co Tyrone, and Jessica Brown from Co Armagh. \ Houston Green

Josh Elliott Weir and his younger brother Jack with Adam Murray, from Rathfriland. \ Houston Green

A round-up of some of the rest of the pictures from around the country

Two 1174 County tractors taking part in the Kilbrittain tractor run, seen passing Timoleague Abbey in Co Cork. \ David Patterson

Stephen Treacy after feeding hay to his yearlings at Coolataggle, Borrisoleigh, Co Tipperary. They are also being fed 1kg of meal per head per day and are being prepared for sale in the coming weeks. \ Odhran Ducie

Martin McGovern from Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, and his sons Tomas and Lochlainn at the Dungannon Dazzlers Texel Sheep In-Lamb Export Sale in Dungannon Farmer’s Mart. \ Houston Green

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