Allsure- Do you know what Trace Elements your Sheep Need?

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Approaching Trace Element deficiency in sheep

Animax’s Allsure sheep boluses are becoming the go to bolus for sheep farmers around the country.-the reason: trace element deficiency in sheep is increasingly becoming a problem. The signs associated with trace element deficiency can often subtle in onset and often present as poorly growing lambs during late summer or early autumn. There is also considerable interplay between  factors such as seasonal changes in grass growth, diet and management for complexes such as Parasitic Gastro Enteritis (PGE) and trace element deficiency. As such it is important to consider and deal with all the issues including any  parasitic problems. Continue reading “Allsure- Do you know what Trace Elements your Sheep Need?”

Christmas- Are we teaching children to focus on Presents

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Present Woes

We’ve made it to another year’s end, and yet again everyone’s focus is on presents! But it’s been a tough year for many, financially speaking, especially farmers. Christmas is the time when you will feel the financial squeeze the most, with no idea how long you will have to feed animals into the spring! Looking for the best present for family and friends is when you realise you might not be able to afford the top of the range items! At least not while keep something aside for a rainy day or month in the spring!  As a result, the feeling of fear and inadequacy can be daunting! Continue reading “Christmas- Are we teaching children to focus on Presents”

Have Irish farmers failed to learn from mistakes that lead to the famine?

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Jacks Mountain

I still work our small family farm in Leitrim with my father, mainly at the weekends. Our farm is on the slopes of the mountain and we have rights to a section of commonage. Locally our section is known as “Jacks Mountain”. A few weeks ago we were bringing down some hoggets from the mountain, when I stumbled across some stones. On closer inspection I realised the stones were part of a ruined wall. Continue reading “Have Irish farmers failed to learn from mistakes that lead to the famine?”

BREXIT: Is the perfect Halloween story coming to an end?

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 Brexit: Horror Show

The Brexit countdown clock is clicking steadily to its October 31st deadline and I have to wonder it the date wasn’t chosen as a metaphor. The last three years of uncertainty, of shocks and scares intermitted with moments of calm farce to lighten the mood and give a false sense of security. All leading to what is looking like a climactic near death experience of a nation, or nation! It’s a perfect horror story for telling in the dark, torch under your face, to frighten all and sundry. Continue reading “BREXIT: Is the perfect Halloween story coming to an end?”

6 Tips for planning your holiday with a Farmer

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Farmer on holiday

If your significant other is a farmer then you are probably aware of how difficult it can be to organise a getaway. Summer in particular can be a very difficult time to pry them away on a holiday. Some of the reasons are simply down to being self employed. As any self employed person will tell you it’s hard to put off work you can’t afford to miss out on. However farming comes with the added pressure that comes with having to work around weather, animals and deadlines/ open dates from the department. For that reason many farmers struggle to find the time to leave. Continue reading “6 Tips for planning your holiday with a Farmer”

Cow Fertility- Do you know what it takes?

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Cow Fertility

The cows are calved and out to grass in all parts of the country. Now you are probably thinking about your animals’ fertility and getting them back in calf. So begins the regular checking of your animals. Hoping to ensure you catch them at the optimal time for the A.I! Trying to figure out which is the best option tail paint or heat seeker pads; Doing up the pros and cons of each from price, ease of use, and accuracy. It’s a lot of hassle and stress. Maybe you’ve decided it’s better to just let a bull out, hope for the best and see what scans in calf in the autumn.

Whichever way you go you’re only wasting time and money if you haven’t first put in place a fertility plan. Continue reading “Cow Fertility- Do you know what it takes?”

Coccidiosis- What is it really?

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A lot of farmers have been troubled by Coccidiosis, be it with lambs or Calves. Most simply ask a vet or a fellow farmer for advice on how to treat it. They never actually understand what it is they’re dealing with. So I decided to have a better look at what coccidiosis is and how we can avoid it on our farms. Continue reading “Coccidiosis- What is it really?”

Are farmers really killing the planet?

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In recent weeks and months we farmers have been getting extremely bad press. Irish and English papers ran with headlines like “Scientists say eating less meat will tackle climate change” and “Eat less meat and dairy to save the planet”. They all seem to be battering farmers. Our own Taoiseach said eating less meat was one of the steps he was taking to stop climate change! Farmers are understandably annoyed at this attack, rightly seeing the danger in reduced sales of meat and dairy on their incomes.

There was anger and a quick lashing out. Cries of “Vegan propaganda” and “What moron dreamed this rubbish up” were raised. I know where they are coming from.

But science is science and it’s time to calm down and try to find the truth. What did they get right and what are they missing? Continue reading “Are farmers really killing the planet?”

Loneliness – What is it and Can we Beat it?

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Loneliness

On the 13th of June 2018 the Loneliness Taskforce published a report on the state of loneliness in Ireland. In the report they state that loneliness is becoming one of the biggest problems affecting people’s health in this country.

Affecting our immune system, damaging our sleep quality, increasing our risk of heart disease and seriously damaging our mental health are just a few issues that loneliness can cause. With many links to depression and reduced life expectancy, loneliness is no longer an issue that solely affects the elderly. It is now a national problem affecting young and old, country and urban dweller alike. Continue reading “Loneliness – What is it and Can we Beat it?”

Thank You and Merry Christmas From All at Agridirect

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Thank You and Merry Christmas from all at Agridirect

The Wind Down

Merry Christmas to you all. Here at Agridirect we are getting the last orders out before the couriers stop for the Holidays. (Though there may be a wandering eye or two focused on getting away for some last minute shopping ourselves). We are doing our very best to get all orders out before the couriers finish for Christmas. Continue reading “Thank You and Merry Christmas From All at Agridirect”