My Farming Week

What Are The Benefits Of Calving Gates?

With the calving season approaching for many farmers – especially dairy – now is the time to make sure facilities are up to scratch.

3-in-1 calving gate

3-in-1 calving gate

One such facility on a farm which is critical in ensuring safety for… Continue reading

Opinion: Latest EPA Water Quality Report Disappointing: But On Farm Solutions Exist

The results from the latest Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Water Quality in Ireland 2013-2018 report are disappointing.

The report highlights that 52.8% of surface waterbodies are at good or high status, down from the 55.4% recorded for the 2010-2015 period.… Continue reading

People Who Completed These Internships Have Gone On To Set Up Their Own Successful Farms

The Organic Growers of Ireland has just launched its internship scheme.

This very successful initiative, whereby potential organic growers gain valuable real farm experience and training in the organic horticulture sector, is open from now until the end of January.… Continue reading

Number Of People Living In ‘Highly Rural’ Areas Falls Since 2011

Between 2011 and 2016 there was a fall of 0.6% in the number of people living in ‘Highly rural/remote areas’, according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

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The proportion of people living in all five other area types increased… Continue reading

10 Simple Hacks To Help You Winterproof Your Home

Snuggling Up In Front Of The Fire

Snuggling Up In Front Of The Fire

When the weather outside is frightful, it may take more than a fire to make your interiors delightful.

The long winter evenings have arrived, along with wind, wet, and possibly snow, so it’s… Continue reading

Tipperary Farmer Elected New IFA President

New IFA president Cullinan sets sights on beef prices and vows to unite farmers.

Tim Cullinan. Pic. Arthur Ellis.

Tim Cullinan. Pic. Arthur Ellis.

Tipperary farmer Tim Cullinan has been elected the new President of the IFA after an extremely close race.

The pig farmer… Continue reading

Almost Half Of All Burglary Related Claims Occur Between October And January

Winter is well and truly here, and while we revel in the festive spirit and cozy nights in front of the fire, we must be cautious of things more sinister.

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I could write about the Criminal Law (Defence and the… Continue reading

MED Partnership Delighted As Mc Sharry Family Win Ireland’s Fittest Family Title

“Just amazing” – Mona McSharry tells RTÉ


Ireland's Fittest Family, The Mc Sharry Family L-R Mona, Aidan, Viola and Mouric

Ireland’s Fittest Family, The Mc Sharry Family L-R Mona, Aidan, Viola and Mouric

The McSharry family from north Sligo have won the RTÉ Ireland’s Fittest Family and there’s delight in south Donegal… Continue reading

Tired Of Cleaning Out Water Troughs? Then A Tip Over Drinker Might Be For You

For the majority of farmers, the housing period is in full swing as grass growth comes to a halt and ground conditions deteriorate.

Tipping Trough

Tipping Trough

During the housing period, the same problems pop up every year such as leaking troughs,… Continue reading

5 Steps To Managing Your Flock’s Forage At Winter

Sheep producers should have a strategy in place to maximise forage over winter, especially following a trend for high energy (>11MJ ME/kg DM) silages.

This is the advice of SAC Consulting sheep specialist Poppy Frater who advises regular body condition… 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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