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?”
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?”
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.
Continue reading “Droning on and on – Technical innovations and agriculture in the past 20 years.”