This week our team discuss all things sheep and grass growth up and down the country. We talk dosing your dairy calves and we hear about an exciting development with Irish Farmers Journal Martbids App. On the European front we speak with Joan Bombardo, Managing Director of Ornua Ingredients Europe on building their new plans following a fire two years ago and just what sets Irish produce apart from all the rest.
The world-renowned cheese grader, Enda Howley gives farmer Aiden McCarthy a masterclass in the Kerrygold cheese selection process. As a Kerrygold farmer and a father, Aiden is teaching his children the importance of caring for the land and the animals. He is passionate about growing the highest quality grass to nourish his cows the natural way and hopes to pass down the West Cork farm to his children one day. Enda is Kerrygold’s Master Cheese Grader, responsible for selecting only the finest cheeses to carry the Kerrygold name. His work has earned him recognition in his field and allowed him to judge at international cheese competitions including the World Cheese Awards and the World Championship Cheese Contest.
Vanessa is a dairy farmer and mother of 2. Under her leadership, Vanessa has built a best in class dairy farm, ensuring her herd receives excellent care and the land is well tended to. Her hard work and dedication results in the rich taste of Kerrygold. Gerry Coonan has worked with Kerrygold for over 40 years, his commitment allows their 14,000 farmers to focus on producing excellent grass-fed milk while he handles the logistics of sharing it with the rest of the world. Gerry and Vanessa share a cup of tea on her farm and discuss what Irish hospitality means to them.
John Egerton does not use a stock bull on his suckler cows.
Surplus grass on the grazing block is being taken out as bales silage this year.
This week Jack Kennedy is joined by Justin McCarthy, Amy Forde and Andy Doyle where they discuss the Farm to Fork strategy at the heart of the European Green Deal and its impact for Irish farmers. We hear from the Managing Director of Ornua Germany on how much the German’s love Irish butter and we speak with Bord Bia’s man on the ground in Shanghai. There’s also some timely advice from FBD Insurance’s Risk Manager, Ciaran Roche on safety on our farms at this time of the year.
This week the livestock team discuss breeding, teaser bulls, Ramadan and other festivals impacting the sheep market. We also discuss how McDonalds re-opening is a positive for the beef industry and we’ll get some timely advice on animal health and farm safety from Fergal Morris of MSD Animal Health and Ciarán Roche from FBD Insurance.
Co Down farmer Derek Robinson has synchronised and served his dairy heifers.
Breeding top quality suckler bred stock is what it is all about for Michael Mitchel, Belcarra, Castlebar Co Mayo.