highland cattle in Ireland

highland cattle in ireland

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  Highland cattle in Ireland today are still not a very popular breed. There are various reasons for this and the main one being over a long number of years there has been a push towards bigger continental type cattle. Breeds like Belgian blues, limousines, parthenais, Charolais, aubracs, etc. that have all become very popular. […]

working dog breeds

Working farm dog breeds

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  This is my list of working farm dogs breeds from around the world. As I found out many years ago all dogs have some purpose but for many dogs that purpose is not work. I once had a great dane who was very elegant and very active he was always looking to do something […]

right to roam ireland

right to roam ireland

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    A lot of controversy has been going on over the last number of years over the right to roam in Ireland or should I say lack of the right to roam. Unlike the UK farmland in Ireland is private property much like your house or garden or any other commercial property. This means […]

applying for basic farm payments

applying for basic farm payment

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I just want to write a short piece about applying for basic farm payment because it is a question that I have been asked on occasion by different farming friends. A lot of the time the question comes up when they get an annual bill from teagasc or their agriculture consultant. The question asked is […]

farming in the future

farming in the future

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  Have you ever wondered what farming in the future will be like. At this moment in time I don’t think I can ever remember a time when there was such a divide on what is expected from agriculture. I find it difficult as a farmer to see even 5 years ahead as so much […]

is dairy ethical

Is dairy ethical

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  So is dairy ethical? for those of you that don’t know the answer to that question or maybe think that its not then let me explain why I think that it is. first off dairy cows are some of the quietest and friendliest of all cattle and that’s because they are in contact with […]

keeping chickens for beginners

keeping chickens

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  This is a guide to keeping chickens for beginners and while I am not an expert on chickens or fowl we did keep some on our home farm when I was a child and I have some friends that have some small numbers today. While you won’t in reality make any fortune keeping a […]

best electric fencers

best electric fencers

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  If you are looking for the best electric fencer then like the battery fencers the number one thing I would be looking at is joules the measurement of power that the fencer is putting out. The higher the joules the better the fence will be able to cope with and burn off vegetation. The […]

How to raise pigs for meat

How to raise pigs for meat

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  For someone who wants to know how to raise pigs for meat I can offer this advice. You don’t need to get any special skills or knowledge and any domestic breed of pig will do fine outside over the summer I would however stay from the Vietnamese pot-bellied pig or miniature pigs while they […]

what is dairy free

what is dairy free

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  what is dairy free ? The meaning of dairy free is actually there is no dairy products at all in the food. Which is fine many people don’t want to consume dairy products for various different reasons such as being lactose intolerant or have chosen a vegan diet or maybe they just don’t like […]

farm quad bikes

Farm quad bikes

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  For anyone thinking of buying second hand farm quad bikes the first thing to ask yourself is what do you plan to use it for. If you just want something as a runaround farm vehicle for around the farm then you probably won’t need a very big machine. If you are traveling on flat […]

gorse fires

gorse fires in ireland

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  Why is there gorse fires in Ireland every spring and early summer. That’s just a simple question but yet I have never heard it asked. I am reading every year about how this is illegal and how the people who started these fires will be brought to justice and the farmers that own the […]

tips for bottle feeding calves

tips for bottle feeding calves

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  I thought I might give some tips for bottle feeding calves this is based on my opinion and experience only but might be useful for somebody that’s new to it. The first and most important thing to any newborn animal is good quality colostrum and that should start before the calf is ever born. […]

why you should avoid covid 19

why you should avoid covid 19

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    I feel I should write an update on why you should avoid covid 19 at all costs. Only two weeks I wrote a bit about it in an article about chemical masks for spraying. I knew very little about the Corina virus at the time and had given out some information available to […]

hunting for sport

hunting for a sport

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  In the past hunting for a sport was always part of rural Irish culture and up to twenty years ago it seemed very popular for a lot of households to at least have a shotgun. My family were never interested in hunting as we always seemed to be much too busy for a pass […]