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The Farming Queen - Emma McCormack

Emma McCormack, the farming queen runs through her top tips for the drying off period, her take on selective dry cow therapy and her plans for the near future. She is one busy lady, miking 400 cows and also running 100 sucklers and 200 sheep on the home farm. 

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THE CALF GIRL -Alice Hodges

Alice Hodges otherwise known as The Calf Girl is originally from the UK but as the story goes met an Irish fella while on placement in New Zealand and now finds herself here in Ireland farming and living the dream.

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Women in Farming - Meet Robbie Alman - Wilson

@robalmanwils Robbie Alman - Wilson seems to have a serious operation going on near Llandrinodod Wells in the UK. From a travelling hubby, 2 kiddos, sheep, cattle, layer hens to a few horses. I ran through with Robbie about her farming systems, what the farm would look like in 5 years and what she does to get a little head space. Who are you farming with- employees, family etc.? It's a family run hill farm owned by my father-in-law, my father-in-law and an employee run the egg laying units, my brother-in-law helped them out through lockdown due to COVID not allowing him to continue travelling in his gap year.  My husband Dale & i work together on the stock side...

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5 Tips when Converting to a Dairy Farm System

As you may know we converted to Dairy 3 years ago from a Beef and Tillage operation and as more and more farmers seem to making the transition I thought I would give you the heads up on  a couple of things I wished I had of known if we were  to make this switch again or things I think we got right.   Make the decision at least 2 years before you want to start milking. We, however made the decision and then started milking 365 days later. Yep completely crazy, but we got there in the end. Fortunately everything went our way and we didn’t have any major hiccups. Time gets away so quickly especially if you having...

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