Tillage: An invasion of pigeons was the last thing we needed
The last month has been filled with more talk about the IFA than work. I was shocked, then angry and now I am sad. I'm sad for Irish farming and rural Ireland. In recent times I hear a lot about the fact that, as a country, we are out of the recession and everything is looking rosy again.
This is not true for farming. I'm not just talking about tillage farming - I'm talking about all farming. It's has been a really tough year with low prices and low morale.
I heard about a meeting on rural crime and people living in fear and it really annoyed me that a few criminals can have that effect on a whole community.
Then the whole IFA disaster really put the tin hat on it. There is a general gloom about and its matched with the dark days and wet weather.
I don't think there is any magic wand as to how we fix everything but I will tell you that farmers are the eternal optimists.
We know that in a few short weeks we will see the snow drops peep up out of the ground and soon after the lambs will be skipping around the fields.
There will be a stretch in the evenings and we will say that this year wasn't great, but next year will be better. It's as if with the new year, comes a new chance to do better. I hope the same is true for the IFA.