Considering the high levels of rainfall in 2012 and 2013 and the associated damage caused to lands, it is not surprising that discussions and open days concerning land drainage have attracted close attention. Interest levels have grown in recent months with the strong grass growth rates and replenished fodder supplies providing many farmers with an opportunity to undertake drainage and reseeding.

This was very evident at the recent national open day held on Mike Dillane’s farm in Lixnaw, Co Kerry, with farmers travelling huge distances to witness a land reclamation job on the farm. There has also been a long line of enquiries from farmers who did not attend the event with questions on how to go about tackling a major land reclamation/drainage project.