My week: 'The contracting business is running out of experienced men'
Maurice Gannon, Keelogues, Co. Galway - farmer and contractor
There is very little Maurice Gannon doesn't know about the state of farming on both sides of the Shannon.
The north Galway man - a tillage farmer from Keelogues near Creggs close to the border with Roscommon - also runs a contracting business for everything from ploughing to sowing, liming and applying fertilizer and slurry.
For good measure he will keep your trees or forest in good shape to avoid any worries about the forestry premiums.
He is also the designated contractor for Kepak in Athleague with his firm Gannon Agric removing waste generated at the beef processing plant and recycling it as fertilizer for local tillage farmers.
His contracting beat ranges across north Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Longford and into Westmeath and his company carries out work for between 300 and 400 farmers in the region.
"It hasn't been a great year with the milk price dropping and the beef prices down. Even tillage was affected. I think the turn in the year came with the bad weather in July and August. That has had a knock-on effect on everything," he says
"But that's the way with farmers. If we have a good year in 2016 then we will forget about this year.
"But the bad weather in July and August did affect everything."