'Our building plans are on hold until Brexit chaos is resolved'
We're getting finished with some TAMS fencing jobs around the farm and I want to get them done and dusted, get the paperwork in order, and apply for payment.
I have planning permission to build another sheep shed but I'm not doing it until the chaos that is Brexit is somehow sorted out. I'm reluctant to take on any major debt until things are somewhat clearer.
If anyone thinks that Ireland's economy can manage without a free trade agreement with the UK, then they're delusional. The British are being stubbornly British about the whole thing by not accepting that leaving the EU is a major mistake.
I am certain that they'll be looking to come back by 2030. In the meantime, we have to make some sense of the whole thing. Ireland, is as far as I can see, is the child in the divorce negotiations and Brussels and London will be looking for custody.
We should go where the best interests of our economy lie and it is not beyond the realms of possibility that unless Brussels is the more loving parent we too may have to leave the EU or face a crippled economy.
The recent elections have left Britain a rudderless ship going into the bonkers Brexit negotiations so ignoring these external things and taking on a lot of debt as far as I can see is a little bit risky.
The TAMS scheme is a brilliant opportunity for farmers to invest in their farm whether it is fencing or building animal housing but if you don't need it, just because its cheap to get it, don't buy it.
Lamb price is looking good, but unfortunately I think that it is a reflection of a tighter supply rather than an increase in demand. As long as beef prices remain high generally speaking lamb price will stay up. The way I look at things now is that mid-season lamb needs to average €120 otherwise you'd be better off renting your farm.