As a youngster I dreaded returning to school in September and although I’m very glad to see my own children reuniting with friends and experiencing a little more ‘normality’ in their lives, part of me will miss the company on the yard, the willing helpers for herding and their eagerness to slip so easily away from lessons with mum in the kitchen.
Dairy Farm Profiles Premium
Rather than investing huge amounts of money on infrastructure and cows when he converted from beef to dairy, Daire Harlin spent just €25,000 when he set up his new dairy enterprise milking just 40 cows on 20 acres.
Cattle Mart Trade Premium
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.
Sheep Trade Premium
While the Northern Ireland price for lambs in sterling terms remained unchanged at €4.45-4.50/kg, the sterling exchange rate dropped from the equivalent of €1.11 last Monday to an equivalent of €1.08 yesterday, as the UK government played fast and loose with international law.
Cattle Mart Trade
Looking at the ringside returns for last week, I could understand the comment by Stephen Hannon of Mohill mart that “there’s great confidence in the trade compared to the mess this time last year” — a reference to the upheaval caused all through the cattle system by the beef blockade.
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.
Farm Property Premium
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.
Agri Food Premium
The view, gazing up from our city streets, has never looked so good. In the middle of urban chaos, wildlife has sprung to the forefront, with throngs of quirky plants, crops and insects now adorning the rooftops of city buildings throughout Ireland. From exotic vegetables and fluttering insects to hops grown for the best of Irish beer, the urban setting has become home to some unlikely species - which bring with them myriad benefits.