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Farmer Writes: grazing has ground to a halt
Joe Collingborn
The constant rain has caused the paddocks to flood with, the tracks under eight inches of water, writes Joe Collingborn.
Analysis of bales doesn’t stack up
14 February 2024 Northern Ireland
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.
Farmer Writes: A relief on the slurry front
14 February 2024 Farmer Writes
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.
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
Farmer Writes: tree scheme is money for jam
In my experience, between the manner in which it has dealt with ash dieback, felling licences and bureaucracy, the like of which I now speak, anyone would be mad to contemplate planting.
31 January 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: cows plan to calve on the worst nights
Our two weanling bulls were brought to the mart on the Saturday we had planned for and while trade was good, we only sold the pedigree Limousin.
31 January 2024 Farmer Writes
Storm Isha takes out older sheds
Fermanagh farmer John Egerton has been left to count the cost of damage caused by storm Isha.
31 January 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: cows coming fit for sale
My cows are well-fed and well-fleshed, so I’m leaning towards killing them, but every time I think I have my mind made up, something arises to cast a little doubt, writes James Strain.
24 January 2024 Farmer Writes