corona virus protection

corona virus protection

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  As corona virus protection seems to be a hot topic I thought I would write a little about is even though it has nothing to do with what I normally write about. First off there seems to be bit of hysteria or panic about the virus which is understandable but shops getting sold out […]

Building a storage shed

Building a storage shed

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Here is a guide on building a storage shed for anyone who would like to try to build their own. The materials I used were galvanized steel beams that I purchased from a man selling them on donedeal.ie the beams were around 16 feet long and 100kg in weight that were originally used on motorway […]

Old pig house

What is factory farming animal cruelty

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  What is factory farming animal cruelty and why have I put them together ?  When I regularly see people online and elsewhere talking about factory farming and stating how the animals are mistreated or abused and all factory farms should all be closed down. It makes me wonder how many people actually believe this. […]

farm water systems

farm water systems

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Just to discuss some farm water systems and options available to farmers. In a country that rains so much you might think why but it could possably be helpful to someone and water is the one thing livestock can’t do without for long so better to have something in place for a summer when it […]

Farmer subsidy payments

Farmer subsidy payments

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  I have often come across some anger and resentment towards farmer subsidy payments comments online radio TV etc. on why should farmers get tax payers money for nothing. And it might sound strange but for a lot of years I thought as a farmer myself that maybe we as farmers would be better off […]

Farm safety stop taking risks

Farming accident articles

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  Another important topic id like to discuss is farming accident articles and farm safety a lot has been written about farming accidents and often referred to as a freak tragic accident but in reality it is happening so often that there is nothing freak about it. We should all know by now that farms […]

The facts of pig farming

The facts of pig farming

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  As I hear a lot of talk about pig farms lately these are the facts of pig farming as I see them. Although I no longer keep pigs having worked on my own and many other large pig units over a number of years I think I am in a good position to tell […]

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The hen harrier

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The hen harrier I decided to write about some hen harrier facts as I see them again this is my own opinion and I understand not everyone might agree with it. Personally I knew what a hen harrier was long before land was designated for its protection and long before it was written about in […]

the impact of land designations on farmers

My special protected area

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  You are probably wondering what my special protected area is well it’s not an area you might be thinking of but a very important area non the less. Back in 2007 the Irish government designated around 170.000 hectares of private farm land as Special Protected Areas or SPAs which was done to protect rare […]

do badgers spread tb

Badgers spreading TB

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  Do badgers spread tb? Well according to a study led by experts from the University of Edinburgh yes they do, but this is something that farmers have known for a long time It is important to note that cattle are more likely to pick it up from other cattle but normally cattle in most […]

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Beam beef money

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With the non farming community wondering can you make money raising beef cattle and seeing all the beef farm protests on the news it must seem very confusing when it is reported that we are not accepting free money offered to hard-pressed farmers. Phil Hogan, stated that it will be “the greatest embarrassment of all […]

Farmer subsidy payments

Is Rural Ireland dying

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  Is rural Ireland dying ? This is something you hear a lot from certain politicians like the Healy raes in Kerry, or Micheal Fitzmaurice from roscommon/galway but what are they really on about and why should anyone care. Well where I am living in Co. Kerry I can see a lot of changes over […]

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Rescue donkeys sale

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    Changes to the ANC again next year makes me wonder if there will be an increase in rescue donkeys for sale. The ANC short for Area of natural constraints as it is now known (formally disadvantaged area scheme or area aid) is a EU grant for farmers with poorer quality farmland in certain […]

Farmer protest

Farmer protests

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    As the farmer protests in Dublin are coming to an end for the time being I feel it would be a good time to explain what they are all about. So around twenty years ago I was in France where I witnessed my first tractor protest but theirs was a bit more extreme […]