John Deere workers’ strike: what will it mean for supply?

Workers at John Deere plants across the US went on strike last Wednesday discusses the John Deere workers strike in the US, and asks what it might mean for farmers this side of the Atlantic.

All not well with John Deere

John Deere, one of the world’s largest agricultural machinery manufacturers, is in a state of deep crisis. On Wednesday, more than 10,000 Deere employees went on strike across 14 factories covering the US states of Iowa, Illinois, Colorado, Kansas and Georgia. The strike was organised after the United Auto Workers union rejected a contract it viewed as inadequate. However, the scale and intensity of the strike seems to have surprised even the organisers.

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Father’s Day Presents for Farmers

Father's Day Presents for Farmers 001With Father’s Day just around the corner, the Agridirect team chooses the 5 best presents for farming dads.

Father’s Day – Easy to Forget?

Because Father’s Day falls in June, we farmers often forget about it. It’s not that we don’t think the old man is deserving of special recognition. It’s just that we don’t have time to stop and shop. June is one of the busiest months of the year in the farming calendar. We have sheep to shear, a blowfly infestation or two to tackle, a first cut of silage to make. Gifts of any description usually fall far down our priorities list at this time of year.

And let’s be honest, usually farming dads are too busy themselves to lose much sleep over our seeming ingratitude. Continue reading “Father’s Day Presents for Farmers”

Our Favourite Machines for Little Farmers

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Agridirect introduces some toy machines for little farmers. These are a great way of keeping kids occupied and away from real machinery this summer.

School holiday horrors?

Hello fellow parents! It’s time to face reality. Summer is almost here. Though they haven’t been back in the classroom for long, our kids will be getting their summer holidays in a month or so. I know, I know – we were only starting to enjoy a bit of peace and quiet about the house. Now we face a familiar dilemma. How can we keep them occupied for the next 2 months?

Believe me, I sympathize entirely. Getting anything done with small kids under your feet is no easy assignment. On the upside, the summer holidays should not (hopefully) be as miserable as the lockdown we have endured since Christmas. For a start, most of the country will have reopened by then, which means easier access to entertainment and general distractions. Visiting friends for sleepovers, sports training, and trips to the cinema are all on the cards again! Continue reading “Our Favourite Machines for Little Farmers”

Calf Investment Scheme: Do you know what’s required to Avoid the Pitfalls?

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The Department has announced the details of the new Calf Investment Scheme (CIS). On the surface it seems like a great opportunity for farmers to invest and expand. However, as usual there is a lot of technical jargon hiding the important information! It appears that the proclaimed 40% isn’t quite as it appears! Here at Agridirect we have taken the time to sift through the excess information and give you whats important. Hopefully it will help some get a better idea of what will be expected of them before signing up. Continue reading “Calf Investment Scheme: Do you know what’s required to Avoid the Pitfalls?”

Does Irish Beef need a Fair Trade equivalent?

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Beef Protests

Beef Protests are still ongoing with no end in sight. Factories are refusing to negotiate and have instead opted to declare war on protestors by threatening lawsuits. This has, justifiably, only further angered the farmers who are already fighting for their survival. Let’s not forget that these companies and CEO’s owe all their good fortune to these very farmers. They are the people producing the top quality product that these companies are able to market with a Bord Bia sticker to virtually any market in the world at a premium price. Yet when it comes to dealing fairly with their suppliers they show a complete lack of respect or empathy for their plight. It is for this reason that I started to wonder where is the Irish farmers “fair trade” sticker. Continue reading “Does Irish Beef need a Fair Trade equivalent?”

Droning on and on – Technical innovations and agriculture in the past 20 years.

It might be hard to believe it sometimes, but technology is actually making life easier for all of us.

For the average Irish farmer, it certainly might not seem that way at four am on a winter’s morning, as he ties a rope round a calves legs and gets ready to haul him into the world. Freezing hands, sideways rain and the whole planet asleep. Man versus nature, as it has always been. But even for the smaller farmers of this country, advances in technology has made life much easier.  Let’s take a look at some of the innovations which have improved our lives in the past 20 years and at those which promise to make it easier in the farming future.
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