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This unusual-looking tractor (pictured above) is the XT3-243K; it’s produced by Ukrainian company KhTZ. It’s notable for its articulated (pivot-steer) chassis; that build configuration is typically reserved for larger tractors nowadays. The XT3-243K is KhTZ’s latest and newest flagship ...
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After a difficult spring, feed reserves on many farms were depleted. Drought conditions have slowed grass growth rates and many farmers are supplementing their livestock with silage and other alternative feeds. After saving grass as silage in May and June, many farmers are now using this forage to extend the rotation length on their farms. ...
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Although there is little or no rain forecast for the next couple of days and the drought conditions are expected to continue, farmers have to be ready with a plan for when the rain eventually comes; now is the time to make that plan. This was the message ...
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About my weekly travels, I passed by a pet shop in the sunny south-east. It’s been years since I darkened the doors of such an establishment, but I vowed to go in for a quick look around. What began as a modest quest to find a nutritional solution for a pampered, pregnant pooch turned into an ...
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New data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) in the US “bodes well for the industry for the remainder of the year”. The association says that both US and Canadian retail sales of agricultural tractors and combine harvesters saw growth in June, compared to this time a year ago. It reports that “all machine categories are ...
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The Teagasc INZAC flock, consisting of 180 ewes, is in its third full year of production. The flock is comprised of 120 Irish Suffolk and Texel ewes – split 50:50 between each breed – and 30 New Zealand Texel and 30 New Zealand Suffolk ewes. Teagasc’s Dr. Fiona McGovern introduced farmers to the study at the recent
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Kepak Group scooped nine awards at this year’s World Steak Challenge. It was awarded two gold medals at the competition in grass-fed categories as well as picking up an award for Celtic Beef (Kepak’s US brand). Flying the flag for Ireland, Kepak surpassed entrants from large beef-producing nations such as Japan, ...
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Sculptor Katie Watchorn has got designs on farming. She is based on her family’s 98ac dairy farm in rural Co. Carlow, which is run by her parents. “Occasionally I get roped in too,” she said. “I grew up close to the farm and, in 2013, we moved onto it. “When I was making my portfolio ...
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Ossory Agricultural Show will mark its 120th year with a varied line-up including a supersized truck and vintage show at Coolfin, Kilbreedy, Rathdowney, Co. Laois, on Sunday, July 22. The festivities will kick off the previous evening with a barbecue, bar and music by Deuce. The 2018 show is being held in ...
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Many dairy farmers across the country are feeding meal to stretch out grass supplies, while drystock farmers may be somewhat reluctant to do so. However, meal feeding can bridge the gap between what forage is required and what is available; meal feeding levels will depend on how much forage drystock farmers have. At a recent ...
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An “old classic” Land Rover 90 has been given a “dramatic new lease of life” in Killarney, for the benefit of local charities. It was a “labour of love” for The Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage club, which restored a 1989 Land Rover 90. Once the jeep was complete, club members “put their work to the ...
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Calf exports witnessed a massive increase in 2018. Some 138,234 calves were exported from Ireland by live export means over the first six months of 2018, figures from Bord Bia indicate. When we compare this with 2017, the number of calves exported from Ireland – to markets across Europe – jumped by 36,667 head or 36% between the week ending January 1 and the week ending ...
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Farming in Ballylomasna, Co. Tipperary, the Walsh family stands out from the crowd when it comes to milk quality. Milking 113 cows, the family was awarded the top prize in the NDC (National Dairy Council) and Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards in 2017. Farm background John Walsh is the sixth generation of farmer to farm the ...
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For end-users and fanatics alike, the Fendt Forum in Marktoberdorf (Germany) is the gateway to the Fendt world. It houses showrooms, a shop and the ‘Diesel Ross’ restaurant. It’s the starting point for every factory tour. The third section of the Fendt Forum opened back in October 2013. Construction work on the next ...
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Hailing from Kilkenny, the Hickey family is well known in farming circles. Pat and John Hickey, along with Pat’s wife Elaine, operate three dairy holdings under a partnership agreement in the counties of Kilkenny, Westmeath (Ardnacranny Farm) and Roscommon (Fortview Farm). Pat and Elaine oversee the two farms in the midlands, with herds of approximately 300 and 400 ...
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