Contractor Michael Cooney, from Ballyhooly, Co Cork, harvesting wholecrop winter barley with his team of workers. Michael has sold the crop to a local dairy farmer. A John Deere 8600 harvester is being used to cut the crop, along with a Quickcut disc header and Kernelstar proccessor. The crop was sown on 20 October last year and looks likely to be a high yield. Michael says he can see an opportunity this year for some dairy farmers to use wholecrop to fill forage requirements and for tillage far
Padraig Bryan, of Bryan Bros Agri Contractors, irrigating grassland with water for a farmer in east Cork. Padraig is spreading up to 27,000 gallons/acre which equates to one inch of rain. \ Donal O'Leary
Farmer Michael Phelan and contractor Joe Feroir baling hay for Michael on an outfarm near Glenpipe, Co Kilkenny. The land is challenging due to the gradient of the field, so as Joe bales, Micheal is turning them to ensure they do not roll down the hill and injure someone. \ Philip Doyle
Jennifer Gilbert with her children, Iarla and Rónán. \ Philip Doyle
Aidan Moloney of Teagasc with Mary and Emily Bray from Robbinstown.
Engineers Colm Egan, John Davern, Jer Enright and Shane Ryan from Palleskenry Salesian college in Co Limerick.
Michael Butler at BEEF 2018.
Lar Harney, of John O’Brien Contractors, baling silage at Airfield Estate for farm manager Brian Farrell. Brian finds it difficult to get contractors to travel to the farm due to the urban location and small farm size. \ Philip Doyle