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 video’s 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 see 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”
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”
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?”
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”
With marts around the country facing hardships of increased insurance costs and reduced prices,not to mention more farmers deciding to sell direct to factories in the hopes of getting the best price for their animals, the countries marts are in danger of complete decline. However here at Agridirect we think that marts still have a lot to offer. Whether it is the sense of community, the thrill of outbidding a rival or the craic and gossip over a good canteen dinner, the mart is a great place to be. My favourite pastime as a young lad at the mart to was watching the different bidders in action. There was such a variation in bidding types I created a database to aid any newcomer decide what type of bidder they would like to be and to spot who was bidding against them. Continue reading “What Type of Mart Bidder are you?”
Keeping surplus lambs -Is it worth the Hassle?
With lambing in full swing for a lot of farmers the question that faces many is what to do with surplus or orphaned lambs. Do you sell them on for whatever you can get or do you rear them yourself? Studies undertaken by Teagasc and others have shown that lambs you rear can leave profit of between €16 and €50 behind. But to do so you have to look at it as another enterprise and not just as keeping pets for the kids. Continue reading “Keeping Surplus Lambs – Is it worth the Hassle?”
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?”
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?”
Last week we shared signs 11 signs that you’re a dairy farmer. This week we have another ten. If you haven’t experienced at lease eight of these you might want to stop calling yourself a dairy farmer. Many of these are probably things people don’t know about you. Others like number 8 are ones others definitely know about you. Continue reading “Signs You’re a Dairy Farmer (Part 2)”
As humans there are some things that we all experience in our lives. However there are others that you can only understand if you have lived and/or worked on a farm. And then there are things that you can only understand if you have lived and/or worked on a dairy farm. If you are or know a Dairy farmer then you will be familiar with all of these signs. Continue reading “Signs You’re a Dairy Farmer (Part 1)”