'I don't feel right if I don't get a run in every few days'
The sheep are flying and the tillage is flat. That just about sums up the year for John Daly but the Co Galway farmer and agricultural contractor remains optimistic despite the weather and underwhelming tillage prices.
"On the tillage side the prices being offered just about cover the cost of production when the increased costs of overheads and inputs are taken into account," he says.
"We finished cutting the corn last Tuesday. It was not easy or simple. It was difficult and hard work saving the crops in the field.
"Farmers have great patience but, after last year, they decided to get out a lot quicker," says the 50-year-old. "The weather this year was just torrential downpours so they didn't wait and started cutting at every opportunity", John adds.
He works a 135-acre farm and a similar amount of rented land. Besides cutting his own corn, he is contracted to cut a further 500 acres by farmers in the region in addition to his routine silage and fodder work.
He processes his own corn on farm and sells it on to local farmers. He used to sell his crop to the merchants until it made more sense to process himself to boost margins.
Back in 2011 John decided to diversify into sheep and has been building up his flock ever since. He now runs 450 sheep on the farm near Ballinasloe and intends to up numbers to 500 next year.
"The sheep are flying and I have no regrets diversifying from what was once a 100pc tillage enterprise," he says.