Home Farm: solid ground at last
Matt Dempsey
All the cattle were brought back in after the deluge in the middle of last week, and to give the ground a chance to recover.
3 April 2024 Viewpoints
Home Farm: wet weather still slowing progress
On the tillage side, land has certainly got firmer and the water level in what I use as an indicator ditch has dropped significantly.
27 March 2024 Viewpoints
Home Farm: some progress at last
Some of the headlands have effectively no crop at all. It’s not just a low plant population - it’s a total absence of any plants.
Home Farm: feed bills mount
Looking at our normal silage ground, we have some really heavy infestations of docks.
20 March 2024 Viewpoints
Home Farm: spring work restarts
We are continuing to buy in young cattle as we sell beef out and with the slurry in the slatted houses now reasonably under control, things are more comfortable than they were even 10 days ago.
13 March 2024 Viewpoints
Home Farm: Young stores all back in
With last week's rain and a mediocre forecast, it will still be some time before we can get out on the crops.
6 March 2024 Viewpoints
Home Farm: change of tillage plans
Even if we don’t get to sow the spring barley until 1 May, we can still be confident of getting a crop that’s usable as either arable silage or as usable grain and straw.
28 February 2024 Viewpoints
Home Farm: time for essential spring work slipping by
Every day in the shed is money out and a diminishing pit of silage
21 February 2024 Viewpoints
Home Farm: Slurry and daffodils
Drainage - a year like this throws up evidence of where the problems are.
7 February 2024 Viewpoints
Home Farm: Disappointing forward grain prices
There is clearly a commitment to maintaining beans as a crop in the Irish mix, and we have a big field ready for ploughing and sowing.
31 January 2024 Viewpoints
Home Farm: Frozen clods delay sowing
Ground conditions - after a trial run of the power harrow, we reluctantly left it.
24 January 2024 Viewpoints
Home Farm: Inspecting stock in the sheds
We heaved a sigh of relief - he was a good forward store, about six weeks from bring finished.
17 January 2024 Viewpoints