6 Tips for planning your holiday with a Farmer

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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”

What Type of Mart Bidder are you?

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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?

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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?”

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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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?”

Signs You’re a Dairy Farmer (Part 2)

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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)”

Signs You’re a Dairy Farmer (Part 1)

Dairy farmer blog 001As 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)”

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”

10 Reasons Why Living in the country is the Best.

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I’m moving back to the country.

After leaving college I realised, like most from farming backgrounds, the farm isn’t going to make enough to support the parents and me, so I had to go get myself one of those pesky job things. Continue reading “10 Reasons Why Living in the country is the Best.”

Parasite Control at Housing

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In the last blog I spoke about the Celts running their animals between two bonfires during Samhain to cleanse them and bring them good luck for the start of the New Year.  Cleansing the animals at this time of year is a farming practice that is still valid today, though we’d like to think our methods of cleansing these days is more effective against parasites than a stroll through the bonfire. (But who knows, maybe it does bring luck; if prices don’t improve next year I might try for a bit of bonfire good luck next year!) Continue reading “Parasite Control at Housing”