When prices fall — quotes for lambs are back 20c/kg this week — the farming organisations will always fight hard to get things stabilised or returned to where they were. Their language on occasion is colourful with words and phrases such as “disaster”, “profiteering” and “scandalous opportunism” often featuring prominently. I have sometimes been very critical of the tactics used by processors as they go about the business of squeezing their primary suppliers.
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Figures released to the Farming independent by the Department of Agriculture show that the number of animals sold through the mart system to July 31 was 745,946: this is 192,087 less than the same period in 2019.
Big is beautiful on the land market these days with sizeable holdings of over 100ac featuring frequently in auction reports. And there is plenty of interest in a 196ac non-residential farm at Dowth in Co Louth which comes to auction next month with a guide price of €2.4m.
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AS a young man Dan O’Donnell cut a striking figure. Standing six feet eight, he used to round up sheep on horseback and wear a ten-gallon hat as he roamed the family’s lands laid out in small parcels scattered around Linsfort near Buncrana.
If you’re in search of a classic country bolthole, then Derrybawn, a stone-built cottage on c. 14.58 acres near Glendalough in Co Wicklow is the spot. Nestled into a wooded hillside setting with fine views across the mountains, it is for sale with a guide price of €525,000.
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“What are the chances of her getting up do you think?” This is the question that was put to me a few days ago as I surveyed a downer cow.
No matter what type of cow you milk, what your calving pattern is or even what part of the country you are in, one thing is common to all herds: Somatic Cell Count (SCC) and the mastitis cases that accompany it.