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Northern Ireland
Farmer Writes: first trial with red clover silage
John Egerton
John Egerton has sown out his first ever field with a red clover/perennial ryegrass mix.
3 August 2022 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: Organic certification is not for everyone
Kieran Sullivan weighs in on the higher organic payment rates announced by the Government and why he isn't quite ready to make the switch and go chemical-free.
3 August 2022 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: Is regenerative farming the future?
Is organic farming all it's cracked up to be, or are there better options to improve farm sustainablity? Gerald Potterton writes.
Farmer Writes: major step towards robotic milking
Originally, I would have been quite anti-robot, as interacting with the cows is one of my preferred jobs compared with machinery work, writes Thomas Duffy.
31 July 2022 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: ludicrous that farmers will lose out on solar and AD credit
Perhaps it’s time to change the meaning of the old saying to ‘go Dutch’, writes Karen McCabe.
30 July 2022 Farmer Writes
Farmer writes: National herd debate becoming more polarised
While discussions continue over the level of emissions reductions expected from agriculture, Tommy Moyles wonders if there are more difficult debates ahead.
27 July 2022 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: Climate changing and farms changing with it
The finger of blame for the changing climate is being firmly pointed at Irish farmers from so-called experts in our own country.
27 July 2022 Farmer Writes
Every day is a learning day in farming
Ballymoney dairy farmer Robert McConaghy recounts a few decisions that have turned out badly.
27 July 2022 Northern Ireland
Farmer Writes: do you know what data is on your farm?
Kieran Sullivan offers some insight on what might be a useful way to think about farm data.
20 July 2022 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: Barley and banking
With the harvest in swing, farmer Gerald Potterton has plenty of time in the cab to reflect on the banking sector.
20 July 2022 Farmer Writes
Watch: still baffled by the inconsistency of clover
Derek Robinson has been searching for answers when it comes to growing clover on his Co Down farm.
20 July 2022 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: enough grass with less fertiliser
Exceptional weather has led to a drought for some, but has let farmers in Leitrim cut hay and silage, writes Karen McCabe this week.
19 July 2022 Farmer Writes