The Farmers Journal team of farmer writes journalists from Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and beyond are dedicated to providing local farming news, comment and opinion across the dairy, beef & tillage sectors.

Northern Ireland
Farmer Writes: a tough challenge to get through the spring
John Egerton
The weather has improved, but it will take time to recover from a damaging spring, writes John Egerton.
31 May 2023 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: growth rates dropping like a stone
Growth rates have already dropped below 50kg per day, which is almost unheard of in May.
31 May 2023 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: fresh competition in British beef market
The UK commences a trade deal with Australia and New Zealand this week, and Tommy Moyles wonders what impact it could have on the Irish beef trade.
Farmer Writes: ACRES - riparian buffer zone
Letting the field go wild as part of the per-ha payment should easily generate more income for the farm, writes James Strain.
29 May 2023 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: picking out cull cows and show heifers
Karen McCabe writes of the difficulties in selecting cows for the cull list and the right heiferfor the commercial show ring.
24 May 2023 Farmer Writes
A simple trial and a ‘complete handling’
Robert McConaghy milks cows and finishes beef cattle on his farm outside Ballymoney, Co Antrim.
24 May 2023 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: silage 2023 meant pulling an all-nighter
The first cut of James Strain's red clover silage has gotten underway with 60 bales made from five acres.
22 May 2023 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: gearing up for silage season
Ground conditions under the silage crops need every day they can get as well, with some paddocks still very soft.
17 May 2023 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: contracting out the breeding decisions
It's been a busy fortnight for Tommy Moyles as breeding and silage harvesting have got under way.
17 May 2023 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: nematodirus outbreak sends a wakeup call
Derek Robinson has pieced together the factors behind an outbreak of infection among his lambs.
17 May 2023 Northern Ireland
Switching from cow to deer milk in NZ
Zac Elkin from Craigantlet in Co Down is currently working on a dairy farm in the Canterbury foothills of New Zealand.
10 May 2023 Northern Ireland
Farmer Writes: rethinking our silage strategy
The current plan is to try and get a first cut of mainly hay in June, if possible.
10 May 2023 Farmer Writes