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10 Tips To Cope With Extreme Weather Events

While weather risk is a reality of farming, the multiple extreme weather events of late 2017 and 2018 really stretched farm resources – cash, labour and facilities.

The impact of such events can be reduced by having appropriate reserves in… Continue reading

South Donegal’s Red Squirrels Could Be Under Threat As Greys Move Closer

It seems that south-west Donegal has a thriving population of red squirrels.

Use 1 - Red squirrel, Ireland's only native squirrel

But with the highly-destructive grey squirrels already having a stronghold as close as Ballybofey, there is no room for complacency. Barnesmore Gap is forming something of a natural… Continue reading

How Did The Beef Sector Actually Fare Out In 2018?

The abnormal weather conditions that swept the country in 2018 prolonged the winter period. Then, to make matters worse, the summer drought ceased grass growth on beef farms and added additional costs in terms of concentrate supplementation.

Housed Beef Cattle Feeding

However, a good… Continue reading

What 10 Key Areas Are Vital For A Successful Dairy Calf To Beef Operation?

Ireland’s dairy-beef industry has found itself propelled into the fast lane. Since the quotas were abolished in 2015, the national dairy herd has increased in size.

As a result, there has been a proportional increase in the number of dairy… Continue reading

Farm Money Advice: Does Your Car Emit 24 Times More Carbon Than Your Beef?

Pressure on governments to address climate change seems to be ramping up by the week.

British wildlife documentary maker David Attenborough

British wildlife documentary maker David Attenborough

British documentary maker David Attenborough, famous for his wildlife programmes weighed in heavy this week.

At the COP24 24th… Continue reading

Revealed: Ireland’s Best And Worst Performing Smartphones For Call Reception

Ireland’s telecoms regulator has published a new list of what it claims are the best and worst performing smartphones for voice reception.

It’s an unusual step for a state regulator to take and some big brands won’t be pleased.

32… Continue reading

Peat Bedding: What Are Farmers’ First Thoughts After Housing For The Winter?

After the summer drought, many farmers had to look at alternative methods when it comes to bedding their animals over the winter period. With a shortage of fodder on some farms, straw will be included in the diets of livestock.… Continue reading

How Agroforestry Will Help Farms Qualify For CAP Income Support

Agroforestry will help farmers comply with environmental conditionality measures for receiving EU payments, writes Diarmuid Cohalan.


Agroforestry at Tolhurst Organics in Berkshire, England - in 2015, rows of trees for fruit, timber and coppice products

Agroforestry at Tolhurst Organics in Berkshire, England – in 2015, rows of trees for fruit, timber and coppice products

In France, agroforestry has… Continue reading

Farming Finance: Leasing Out Land May Be Financially Attractive – But Beware The Pitfalls

Making money from under-utilised land makes sense but there are various reasons farmers hold back, asks Martin O’Sullivan.

We have reached that time of year when those fledgling thoughts that started to germinate last spring but became dormant as the… Continue reading

The Pros And Cons of A Winter TB Test

Following a change in the timing of the annual herd test, suckler farmer James Strain has spent 12 years trying to talk himself into moving back to a summer test.


Every year I say I am going to move the test back to the summer. A summer test would make way more sense for me Pic. Donal O' Leary

Every year I say I am going to move… Continue reading

Rural Enterprise Skillnet

Rural Enterprise Skillnet

The Rural Enterprise Skillnet is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets Ltd. funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills.

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