My Farming Week

‘It’s All About Technique’: Queen Of The Shears On Success

Having been encouraged to help out with sheep shearing by her dad and brother, 21-year-old champion shearer Joanne Devaney from Sligo – renowned for her technique – has gone on to take the All-Ireland women’s cup for the last three… Continue reading

Donegal People Are Traveling Further To Work And The Country’s Workforce Is Ageing, Says WDC Study

The shifting patterns of Donegal’s Labour force are revealed in a detailed new analysis which shows a decline in the number of resident workers in five of the county’s eight labour catchment areas.

A study of census data by analysts… Continue reading

Ulster Wool Invites Wool Producers And Shearers To Depot Open Day

Sheep farmers wanting to gain a greater understanding of how Ulster Wool grades and sells their wool are invited to attend an immersive open day at the depot in Muckamore, Co. Antrim later this month.

Ulster Wool is a joint… Continue reading

Some Top Tips For Making First Class Silage

This week, farmers across the country flooded to the fields to kickstart the 2019 silage season.

This was brought on by the sunny, dry weather with exceptionally high temperatures – reaching 22° in some areas.

Cutting Silage

Monitor Swards

For farmers who… Continue reading

Guide To Passing On Entitlements

The Single Payment Scheme was introduced to Ireland in 2005.

This scheme allows farmers within the EU who follow certain rules to gain entitlements from the land.


This provides farmers with another income stream from their lands and can be… Continue reading

‘Phishing’, Farming And Ransomware – Cyber Security In Agriculture

With agriculture becoming increasingly digitised, and many essential elements of farming becoming increasingly online-based, the question of cyber security inevitably has to be raised.

The issue becomes all the more apparent following a high-profile incident last week where social media… Continue reading

23 Schemes To ‘Get A Result’ For The Environment

Sustainability features strongly in 23 European Innovation Partnerships projects, with a €59m total investment from the Department of Agriculture.

These rural projects focus variously on biodiversity, organic production, pollinators, water quality, flood management, soils, farming in an archaeological landscape, and… Continue reading

Donegal County Council Announce A New Thatch Repair Grant Scheme

Over twenty thatched buildings on record of protected structures in Donegal.

Donegal County Council has announced a new thatch repair grant scheme to assist the owners and occupiers of thatched dwellings with their continued maintenance and use.
At present, there… Continue reading

Donegal Farmers Recognised For Dairy Farming Excellence At The 12th Annual Aurivo Milk Quality Awards

Brothers Noel and Raymond Harte from Ballyshannon and Charles McCandless from Culdaff, have been acknowledged for their contribution to dairy farming excellence at the Aurivo Milk Quality Awards.

The awards recognise the standard of excellence in dairy farming by Aurivo… Continue reading

Marriage Breakdown A ‘Core Concern’ For Farm Transfers

The possibility of a farm successor becoming divorced is a “core concern” among older farmers looking to transfer their farm.

This is making those farmers reluctant to pass on the enterprise, according to the Agricultural Land Market Review and Outlook 2019… 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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