Tamara Fitzpatrick is a rural affairs reporter for the Irish Independent, independent.ie and Farming Independent. Prior to joining the Independent full time in November 2021, she worked as a freelance journalist for a number of years. Originally from a mixed farming enterprise in Donegal, she currently lives on a dairy farm in Meath. She also holds an Honours Degree in Law (LLB).
When Dervilla O’Flynn got a summer job working in the farm shop at Ballymaloe, little did she think she would one day end up as head chef.
It’s been 10 years since Kildare beef farmer Anthony Mooney last made silage on his 200ac farm, where he keeps his herd of 115 cattle. Instead, he makes round bales of hay on his Maynooth farm, even though it means his fodder-making “is very weather dependent”.
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