Protect your property from Rural Crime

Rural crime blog

Rural crime remains a major issue around the country. Despite 2017 statistics suggesting  that crime in Ireland only rose 3% on the 2016 levels, there are some who question the validity of these claims as they are based on crimes reported. Some suggest that up to 43% if not more of rural crime go unreported. This makes sense when you consider that numerous rural Garda stations have closed leaving many communities without a local Garda they know and trust. Couple that with the statistics from a 2018 survey suggesting that only 62% of people believe that the Garda have power to do anything about crimes reported to them (this same report has reporting of crimes as high as 84%). Continue reading “Protect your property from Rural Crime”

Alternatives to straw bedding

straw blog

Climate change is wreaking havoc on our farming communities the past few years, particularly this year. A wet winter and spring followed by this drought, leaving fodder reserves at crisis point. This has now spread to bedding with problems looming for the coming winter. A video circulating on social media showing farmers queuing up to take pre-purchased bales straight from the back of a baler says it all!  Yet despite the challenges we will have to provide animals and calves in particular with a ‘dry lie’ next winter. With straw at a premium it is worthwhile looking at viable alternatives to use, especially peat, slats for calves and rubber mats in calving pens. Continue reading “Alternatives to straw bedding”

10 Survival Tips for Show Spectators

survival blog

Last time we offered advice for those showing animals at shows this year, so now we’ve put together a few tips for those thinking of heading to some shows as spectators, be they small local ones or larger national shows. Livestock shows bring a lot of life to communities over the summer and it’s always a good day out no matter what age you are. However you can easily get overwhelmed by the event and you can end up leaving regretting some decisions if you aren’t careful. So here are the Agridirect teams tips to make sure you make the most of the day. Continue reading “10 Survival Tips for Show Spectators”

10 Tips for Getting Ready to Show your Livestock

show blog

Yes it is show season again so we’ve put together a few tips for those wishing to show some livestock this year. Livestock shows bring a lot of life to communities over the summer and it’s down to those who take the time to bring their animals out.  So whether you are new to the showing and need some advice starting out or a seasoned pro needing a few reminders for the coming season, hopefully these tips will help you on your way. Continue reading “10 Tips for Getting Ready to Show your Livestock”

Is it time to bring back the horse?

horse blog

Although many of us rural dwellers don’t like it, the new Shane Ross drink driving bill has been brought about with the aim of saving lives. As a result it is very difficult to argue against without looking reckless, as the Healy Rae brothers discovered. The facts as stated by Minister Ross show that 38% of road accidents are as a result of drunk driving. Continue reading “Is it time to bring back the horse?”