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The good the bad and ugly, cattle crushes part 1

And so the cattle are out munching away on fresh grass, it’s the time of year when the cattle crush or the out farm cattle crush gets some notice again. Pasture these days may be well away from the home farm and it is important to have some basic handling facilities to dose, test and …

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The hitch hikers guide to….Haysheds

On my travels the other day, I pulled into a farmyard to see a hayshed in front of me covered in massive letters and numbers. It was like a large keyboard, F1, F2, F3 etc. I was dropping a calving gate to a man called Paul in Meath and I couldn\’t help but ask the …

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Safe Calves in Longford

Almost 18 months ago I set out to solve a problem that many farmers had been asking me about. Is there a way to make a feeding barrier so that young suckler calves won\’t jump through? Calves roaming free in a feeding passage is not only annoying, they can also spoil silage and other expensive …

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The Rocky Road to Dublin…

On a wet and windy November evening I made a call to regular Dublin customer Derek from Rathfarnham. We\’ve put down a tough few weeks on a construction project on the east coast and its nice to get back to a decent agricultural evening call.Derek farms sucker cattle in the hills above Rathfarnham and as …

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