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Mixture of converted and purpose-built accommodation for large organic farm
Martin Merrick
Ahead of the 2022 Teagasc organic beef open day, Martin Merrick visited host John Purcell to view the accommodation used to house the 650 steers carried through the winter.
14 September 2022 Buildings
Top-spec suckler shed with tiled calving area
Martin Merrick paid a visit to Co Clare suckler farmer Denis Cahalane to view his four-bay slatted shed with creep and calving areas attached.
14 September 2022 News
Derogation for the use of creosote in limbo
From 31 October 2022, creosote will possibly be no longer be permissible to be used as a treatment to prolong the lifespans of fencing timber.
Strong gusts leave Wexford farmyard ‘like a bomb site’
A farmer in Wexford saw damage to his sheds during what he described as a “mini tornado” on his farm on Tuesday night.
9 September 2022 News
Grazing aids for the autumn rotation
In what has been a difficult year for managing grass, some simple technologies and aids can help regarding the final grazing rotations.
7 September 2022 Buildings
Will rubber mats pay for themselves?
With the high price of building materials at the moment, inputs in to buildings are being carefully scrutinised. Martin Merrick analyses if rubber mats are a worthwhile investment.
31 August 2022 Buildings
Watch: cheap and simple Twitter farm hacks
Twitter is a great social space for farmers, but it’s also proven as a great means for farmers to share some of the more out-of-the-box thinking regarding farm hacks.
30 August 2022 Buildings
Five entry level sheep crates for Irish sheep farmers
Like a quad, a front loader or a good sheep dog, once you purchase a sheep handler you will wonder how you ever managed to farm without one.
17 August 2022 Sheep handling
Handling facilities key to safe and efficient farming
It's been a busy few weeks of farm open days here at the Irish Farmers Journal.
17 August 2022 Buildings
Creep grazing to reduce stress at weaning and boost thrive
Creep grazing calves doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive, with simple and cheap options available.
16 August 2022 Grass & feeding
New parlour halves milking time for Carlow farmer
A new 20-unit parlour has more than halved the milking time for Niall Maloney.
10 August 2022 Buildings
Parlour retrofits can help ease on labour
An upgrade on parlour equipment might be a more prudent spend on money than a spanking new unit, writes Martin Merrick.
10 August 2022 Buildings