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Farmer Focus: Desperate to avoid last year’s weather woes

No chain required yet. We jumped straight from harvest, which was late, right into drilling. There are probably rats chewing their way through the combine and baler as we didn’t…

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Farmer Focus: Sheep dairy almost at planning stage

Reading last month’s column, it doesn’t feel like we’ve achieved much this month. We’ve only managed 100ha of drilling and it’s just started raining again as I write this. Fingers…

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Farmer Focus: Disgusted our MP voted against Ag Bill amends

Drying off is fast approaching, with only seven weeks left before our planned dry-off date of first week in December. It’s currently hard to say what will come first –…

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Farmer Focus: Mulling over the benefits of weaning at 35 days

For the first time since the Covid-19 crisis, our small management team at LSB was able to have an evening meeting at a local pub, which is something we usually…

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Farmer Focus: Why maintaining grazing quality is vital for us

In my previous article, I wrote that grass was king (or queen) - and that certainly hasn’t changed. But the political landscape is constantly changing, and in Ireland we are…

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Farmer Focus: Zoom meetings are now a normal part of life

In late August, the grass really needed rain. However, the farmers who were harvesting on Orkney didn’t want the rain to come and spoil what were ideal harvesting conditions are…

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Farmer Focus: Into October and grass cover still excellent

It’s been an amazing year for growing grass in sunny Ayrshire. In late September growth was still around 50kg dry matter (DM)/ha a day and average farm cover was more…

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Farmer Focus: Homebred lambs help rein in autumn expense

I can’t say I’ve ever witnessed such a strong trade as this season’s breeding ewe sales. It’s great news for vendors, but not so fortunate if you are wanting to…

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Farmer Focus: We’re fearing the worst in the pig markets

It looks like it could be time for us pig farmers to batten down the hatches and weather a pending storm. Feed prices are rising and pig prices are falling. Our…

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Farmer Focus: Hoping public still need Christmas turkeys

I know it is stating the obvious to say the world is a strange place at the moment. Commercially, there are winners and there are losers, and there is no…

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Farmer Focus: Bolus helps with run of twin calves

The past month has been spent starting to get ready for winter, mainly making sure sheds are ready for dry cows and youngstock. We ended up bringing the dry cows…

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Farmer Focus: Silly sale prices look like we need no help

Maize came off on September 10 with a very heavy crop in three out of four fields at about 49t/ha. The smallest field suffered as it got unrotted muck from…

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