Beef fund-Who are we farming for?

Beef fund blogThe announcement of the 100 million beef fund just before the election was a huge relief for most beef farmers. It seemed that, finally, there was a brief ray of hope to cut through the cloud of depression that has been hanging over the industry. Unfortunately it was to be short lived. No sooner had voting finished than we got the old “oh by the way…” that seems to come with everything the government tells us. It was announced that to be entitled to the Beef fund we would have to reduce our beef herd. But I have to ask the question, why? Continue reading “Beef fund-Who are we farming for?”

Reseeding- Feed your animals from home grown feed

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Feeding animals is the single biggest cost on any livestock farm. But we can control what we feed animals. Grazed grass is by far cheaper than any other feed that we have available to us in Ireland. If grass isn’t making the diet, more expensive silage and conserved feed will have to fill the gap. Reseeding your grassland can ensure you get the more feed from your ground. Continue reading “Reseeding- Feed your animals from home grown feed”

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?”

Alternatives to straw bedding

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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”