There's no way of glossing over this daft bureaucracy
Published 26/08/2015 | 02:30
As tillage farmers we are used to making decisions very quickly. Whether that is to cut or not, or whether it is to sell green or dried.
We are well used to weighing up the pros and cons and working out what we believe is the right decision. Sometimes its easy to be right and other times we get it completely wrong.
What is even more difficult, is to make decisions when you are not fully informed.
This happened in our case with GLAS. It was a case of too good to be true. It looked like a brilliant idea. We could help wildlife and improve our soil fertility.
We tried to get as much information as we could but there was very little information available beforehand.
When we went to the Teagasc meeting we were told on the night that we had 15 minutes after the meeting to make up our mind.
We decided to go with it, as we have areas on the farm that are not very productive and it sounded like a great idea to put these into something that would improve biodiversity or maybe take some hay off them.
We had to submit a plan, which we did, but we discovered that we would have to put a permanent fence down the middle of a fallow field. As we were using half the fallow as EFA's and half in GLAS.