Worried about Mr Fox getting your lambs? Foxlight could be answer!

fox light blog

It’s lambing time again with many farmers losing sleep trying to get all ewes lambed, not to mention fostering multiple birth lambs to a mother with a single lamb. These are the two main problems that keep sheep farmers awake at lambing time. However if you have the ewes scanned and know what you’re facing it can make these things a lot smoother. Lambing in a shed also limits these problems. However with many sheep farmers having large numbers of ewes, shed space for all might not be possible. Indeed a lot of farmers don’t have a large capacity sheep shed at all. These farmers have an extra worry keeping sleep away; the bold Mr Fox. While farmers lambing in sheds won’t need to worry as much about this predator, those with ewes lambing outdoors will be very aware of the danger he poses. Continue reading “Worried about Mr Fox getting your lambs? Foxlight could be answer!”

A Stress Free Lambing Season

lambing blog

Ok. We lied.  There is no such thing as a stress free lambing season.  It’s a fraught and difficult time, as you stumble sleep deprived from your bed to aid a difficult birth, look after the orphans and generally keep the maternity ward going.  But there are many things that you can do to make lambing a bit easier on us all. Continue reading “A Stress Free Lambing Season”

Handling Dangerous Chemicals

chemical blog

Everyday life on the farm requires the use of a lot different chemicals. Whether it be fertilisers, oils, animal doses, weed killers or detergents they all play a vital part of the daily operations of that farm. If these chemicals are not used properly there is the potential for them to be extremely harmful Continue reading “Handling Dangerous Chemicals”

Is Agro-Forestry the way forward?

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With weather conditions worsening around the country making farming increasingly difficult and an ageing farming population, there’s a lot more forestry going up around the country, particularly in the North West. Government payment incentives have played a large part in this move Continue reading “Is Agro-Forestry the way forward?”

The Irish Farming year In Review 2017

2017 in review

Jan:  Brexit, Brexit, Brexit.  The year began with no resolution or divorce settlement agreed on the Brexit issue. With a UK leave date of March 29th 2019, there was an unclear picture of how our nearest trading partners departure from the EU would affect the agricultural sector.    Continue reading “The Irish Farming year In Review 2017”

Why being a farmer is the best occupation in the world

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No more complaining. No more whinging about the hours spent in damp sheds. No more muttering about the ups and downs of farming life. It is time to face facts. Being a farmer is one of the best jobs in the world! Continue reading “Why being a farmer is the best occupation in the world”

Christmas on the Farm- Spread the Christmas Ceili

ceili blog

The cattle are comfortable in the shed chewing their cud contentedly, the sheep are delighted at the increased meal supply and the horses are looking out the stable door at the wintery chill in the air that’s leaving its icy touch on the tractor windscreen in the morning. And now the holly is on the door, the lights are on the tree and the candles are flickering in the window in preparation for the early dark arriving. Inside the fire’s crackling as the children place their stockings over the fire with hopeful excitement. Continue reading “Christmas on the Farm- Spread the Christmas Ceili”

Attracting the younger farmer to an ageing industry: Is the Government doing enough?

young farmer

The Government state that they want to get more young people farming. By eliminating stamp duty and incentivising long term leasing of land to young trained farmers they hope to change the age profile of the industry. There are some problems with this however. Continue reading “Attracting the younger farmer to an ageing industry: Is the Government doing enough?”