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

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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?”

HOW TO STOP FOXY LOXY GETTING YOUR CHICKEN LICKENS

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The dark nights are setting in and the last of the leaves have fallen from the trees. We are in that stark time of year where there are lean pickings in the fields for our own herds.  Local wildlife are feeling the pinch too. Continue reading “HOW TO STOP FOXY LOXY GETTING YOUR CHICKEN LICKENS”

To Build or Not To Build– The TAMS Scheme

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There’s a lot of talk recently about the new Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme known as TAMS II grant with a lot of farmers looking to gain the 40% aid, or in the case of the young farmers the 60% aid offered for erecting new farm buildings. On the surface this looks like a great opportunity to get the cost of your build subsidised. Continue reading “To Build or Not To Build– The TAMS Scheme”

The Sheep Welfare Scheme And Requirements At This Time Of Year

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Here at Agridirect we are fielding a lot of questions regarding the Sheep Welfare Scheme. Farmers are wondering what products will cover them for the mineral feedstuff supplementation of ewe’s post mating and what is the best/ cheapest option.

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The old creamery can is worth how much?

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Farming antiques are becoming more and more coveted by dealers and collectors. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. It is surprising just how valuable old farm collectibles have become.  It might be time to resurrect those dusty things lurking on top shelves in the loft or the barn. Dust them off and either display with new pride or visit EBay. Done Deal or your local antique dealer and make some money.
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Redwater- Tick that box- Prevention is better than cure

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It is estimated that losses due to the agricultural industry due to Redwater disease in cattle  amount almost €10 million annually.  This is quite a high price caused by two small parasites.  The first enemy is an infected tick, Ixodes ricinus, who sucks the blood of livestock and injects another parasite, Babesia divergens, into the blood stream.   The effects of this second ‘redwater parasite’ is devastating and life threatening.   Red blood cells in the stricken animal are rapidly divided, causing severe anaemia, diarrhoea and dullness.  Early detection is essential to survival.  Continue reading “Redwater- Tick that box- Prevention is better than cure”

Top tips for cutting your silage bill

silageSilage making is at its peak at this time of year and as machines rev up for a busy season of cutting and baling.  It’s an expensive time of year and a pivotal time for the survival of the farm and the herd. There is a long winter ahead and good quality silage making is key.  But there are some key ways to save money on your silage making bill. Continue reading “Top tips for cutting your silage bill”

Help!! I married a farmer

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Help! I married a farmer. Yes, the farmer wanted a wife and I was ‘It’. For a city girl, and a girly-girl, it’s been a helluva transition.

Help! I married a farmer. Farming is tough but being married to the farm is tough too. Valentine’s Day comes in the middle of lambing season. Christmas is at the height of the feeding/mucking out season usually with the arrival of the Continue reading “Help!! I married a farmer”

Are farmers fanning the flames of Ireland’s scorched summer?

gorse-fireSince the beginning of March, thousands of acres of forest, woodland and moorland have gone up in flames.  Unusually dry weather at the start of May saw a spike in the incidence of wildfires and in one single day, thirty to forty fires were raging across the country. Continue reading “Are farmers fanning the flames of Ireland’s scorched summer?”