Stuck behind farm machinery on the road? Take it easy!

Traffic behind tractor 001Agridirect.ie advises road users to relax when stuck behind slow-moving farm machinery this summer. 

It’s silage season – know what to expect on Irish roads?

If you live in a rural area or took a drive into the countryside over the last few weeks, chances are you’ve spent some time driving behind heavy machinery. Tractors are a frequent sight on Irish roads at all times of the year, but the summer months see a sharp increase in the volume of moving machinery in public spaces. With the silage season well underway, you will encounter large tractors carrying mowers and bale lifters, or towing balers and wrappers, every few kilometres on most journeys.    Continue reading “Stuck behind farm machinery on the road? Take it easy!”

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”

How We Used To Farm: Talking to Glenview Museum’s Brian Kennedy

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Brian Kennedy pictured with some of the agricultural artefacts at the Glenview Museum.

Micheál Geoghegan of Agridirect.ie talks to Brian Kennedy of the Glenview Museum about the museum’s extraordinary collection of farm machinery from the first half of the 20th century.

Before the tractor

On a mild May afternoon, I stood outside the Glenview Museum in Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim. The birds were singing in the museum’s leafy grounds. Before me, a shed full of tools and agricultural artefacts that seemed to me to have been borrowed from the set of The Quiet Man. There were carts and barrows, butter churns and hay turners, as well as seed sowing and grass cutting devices. There was a steaming machine for purifying mushroom houses, a couple of pig feeders, and even a curious contraption designed for processing whins (common gorse) for horse feed (see bottom photograph).

In the midst of this assortment sat a single tractor and, close by, two brilliantly restored fire trucks. These were the only engine-powered objects on display in this section of the museum. For the most part, the tools here dated to a time before tractors. Continue reading “How We Used To Farm: Talking to Glenview Museum’s Brian Kennedy”

What will wormer regulations mean for Irish farmers?

Wormer Regulation

Argidirect discusses the government’s plans to introduce animal wormer regulations, and asks what it will mean for Irish farmers!

Wormer regulation: what’s the story?

At this stage, it looks inevitable. Come next year, farmers will need a veterinary prescription to buy antiparasitic drugs. The Department of Agriculture has decided not to exempt fluke and worm doses from new EU regulations, which were adopted in 2019 and will come into effect on 28 January 2022. Continue reading “What will wormer regulations mean for Irish farmers?”

Why rural Ireland misses in-person marts

Livestock Mart 001Agridirect discusses how in-person marts were an important social outlet for Irish farmers, and argues for their post-pandemic return.

 

A comic strip on page 2 of last week’s Irish Farmers Journal caught my eye. In the foreground of the scene, Taoiseach Micheál Martin engages Agriculture Minister Charlie MacConalogue in conversation.

An Taoiseach: Could we reopen the marts just for the over 80s, Charlie?

Minister MacConalogue: They’re all vaccinated Taoiseach, it could work!

Off to the right, in the background, elderly farmers queue up for what looks like a late bar or nightclub. But the sign above the door reads “MART”. Another sign, at the top of the queue, sets out the entry requirements: “Over 80s only”. A tuxedoed bouncer wearing dark glasses stands in the doorway, checking IDs, ready to turn away anyone not yet an octogenarian.

Continue reading “Why rural Ireland misses in-person marts”

Mother’s Day Presents for Farming Mammies

Farming Mams 001With Mother’s Day just around the corner, Agridirect chooses the 3 best presents for farming Mammies.  

Mother’s Day: time for a different approach to presents?

Every Mother’s Day, we are confronted by the same barrage of advertisements. TV. Radio. Internet. All go into overdrive with an endless stream of hackneyed suggestions. Get her flowers. Get her chocolates. Get her jewellery. Whatever you do, don’t be creative with your Mother’s Day presents. Don’t give any consideration to what your Mam would actually like. Continue reading “Mother’s Day Presents for Farming Mammies”

REPS 2 Must Deliver for Farmers

REPS 2 001Anticipating the launch of the pilot for REPS 2, Agridirect discusses what we know so far, and asks why farming groups are sceptical of the government proposal.

 

The Old REPS

Most farmers regard the old REPS scheme, which launched in 1994, as a success. Payments were substantial enough to provide meaningful support for farming families around the country. I grew up on a small county Leitrim farm in the 90s and 2000s, so I know what a lifeline the REPS payments were for rural families. Continue reading “REPS 2 Must Deliver for Farmers”

Farm Safety- Lets talk about Responsibility

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Farm Deaths

There has been a huge spike in farm related deaths over the last number of weeks. Many of them children who were helping parents on the farm. While some take issue with children helping on the farm,  for many farms having children helping is essential because of self isolation or restrictions stopping some farm workers getting to work! For others, putting children to work is the only way to keep them occupied when stuck at home. I have no problem with children helping on the farm, as I personally believe it helps build character and work ethic.  However, no matter the reason, safety must always be forefront for all the family on the farm!

Stop the messing on the farm

While many of us take safety as a top priority, the recent trend of videos being uploaded from farms around the country shows clearly that it is not for everyone. If you think the outrage at these videos is unfounded, it is not. Farming is already under the spotlight for being the least safe profession in the country. When the public sees the recklessness shown in these videos, it will only increase calls for tougher inspections on farm safety. As annoying as I would find such inspections on my own farm, it is hard to argue against such a move when there is such clear evidence of wrongdoing. Continue reading “Farm Safety- Lets talk about Responsibility”

Vetinerary Corner: Protecting Your Farm From Covid 19

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Back after a Covid 19 hiatus

We have not had a chance to post in a while due to these are strange times. We have come under increased pressure due to covid 19 restrictions but here at Agridirect we are still doing our best to serve the farming community. Unfortunately, we are experiencing some delays in certain products arriving to us and some delays with our couriers getting products to customers. However, we have all hands-on deck to try and get as many orders out as quickly as possible which is why this post is a few weeks later than planned.

In this post our vet Sarah Ryan shares some tips on how to protect your farm from Covid 19. Continue reading “Vetinerary Corner: Protecting Your Farm From Covid 19”

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?”