World Compliment Day: A Chance To Thank Our Farmers?

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Agridirect offers some advice on the best ways to compliment farmers on World Compliment Day

Today is World Compliment Day. I can almost hear the cynics among you release a collective groan of exasperation. Be nice, people! Remember that kindness costs nothing. The last year has been hard for everyone, has left no life untouched. Unmoored by the pandemic maelstrom, many people are suffering from loneliness, anxiety, and depression. And as we languish in the gloom of one final lockdown, who wouldn’t appreciate a kind word to brighten up their day, their week, or maybe even their month?

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Agridirect’s Top 5 Vegetables for Your Lockdown Garden

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Spring is in sight, but Covid restrictions are set to last until the summer. Many of us will retreat to our lockdown gardens in the coming weeks. Today, Agridirect chooses the 5 best vegetables to plant in your outdoor beds this year.

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Grass Tetany Worries? A Mineral Lick Will Do The Trick

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As the spring grass begins to grow, Agridirect reminds Irish farmers to watch out for grass tetany in lactating cows and ewes. 

A touch of spring

On the weather front, February has been a very mixed month. Last week, Ireland lay in the depths of winter. On some nights, temperatures dipped as low as minus 4. Many water systems froze up. Frost, thick ice and heavy snow offered little hope to farmers who are anxious to free up housing facilities, and get lambs and calves out on pasture. Continue reading “Grass Tetany Worries? A Mineral Lick Will Do The Trick”

Hygiene At Lambing Time

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As lambing season approaches, farmers will be keen to reduce losses and maximize potential stock numbers. According to Teagasc’s recent “Let’s Talk Sheep” seminar, farmers should aim to lose no more than 12 percent of this year’s lambs from birth to point of sale. If a farmer loses more than 12% of lambs in a given year, it is likely that there are underlying factors. These need to be rectified to reduce lamb mortality. Continue reading “Hygiene At Lambing Time”

The story Behind Cobalt in Sheep

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What is Cobalt and why does Sheep need it?

Cobalt is required in all ruminants’ diets solely for the synthesis of vitamin B12. In other words, sheep require vitamin B12, not cobalt to function.

Now you are wondering “What is Vitamin B12 used for?” Vitamin B12 plays a huge role in the everyday functioning of a ruminant’s body as it is needed for the metabolism of energy and the production of red blood cells. The vitamin  is stored in the liver, and also has a role in wool and body growth in sheep. Continue reading “The story Behind Cobalt in Sheep”

Vetinerary Corner: Do you know how vital Colostrum is?

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This week Vet Sarah Ryan continues her advice on calving by talking  through how vitally important colostrum is to the new born calf.

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So hopefully at this point we have a healthy calf on the ground delivered safely! The most important thing on the list now is of course colostrum. I will say it again Colostrum.
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Farm Safety- Lets talk about Responsibility

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Farm Deaths

There has been a huge spike in farm related deaths over the last number of weeks. Many of them children who were helping parents on the farm. While some take issue with children helping on the farm,  for many farms having children helping is essential because of self isolation or restrictions stopping some farm workers getting to work! For others, putting children to work is the only way to keep them occupied when stuck at home. I have no problem with children helping on the farm as I personally believe it helps build character and work ethic.  However, no matter the reason, safety must always be forefront for all the family on the farm!

Stop The messing on the farm

While many of us take safety as a top priority, the recent trend of video’s being uploaded from farms around the country shows clearly that it is not for everyone. If you think the outrage at these videos is unfounded; it is not. Farming is already under the spotlight for being the least safe profession in the country. When the public see the recklessness shown in these videos it will only increase calls for tougher inspections on farm safety. As annoying as I would find such inspections on my own farm, it is hard to argue against such a move when there is such clear evidence of wrongdoing. Continue reading “Farm Safety- Lets talk about Responsibility”

Vetinerary Corner: Protecting Your Farm From Covid 19

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Back after a Covid 19 hiatus

We have not had a chance to post in a while due to these are strange times. We have come under increased pressure due to covid 19 restrictions but here at Agridirect we are still doing our best to serve the farming community. Unfortunately, we are experiencing some delays in certain products arriving to us and some delays with our couriers getting products to customers. However, we have all hands-on deck to try and get as many orders out as quickly as possible which is why this post is a few weeks later than planned.

In this post our vet Sarah Ryan shares some tips on how to protect your farm from Covid 19. Continue reading “Vetinerary Corner: Protecting Your Farm From Covid 19”

Veterinary Corner with Sarah Ryan- Calving Part 2

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I outlined a few things to keep in mind before calving in my last article. Its time to talk about the main event: Calving itself; and Importantly when to intervene, and when to call the Vet. Like I have mentioned calving facilities should be clean, well bedded, have lighting and above all, safe. The use of individual calving boxes is preferable where possible but well managed group pens are just as good.
We get asked a lot of questions about timing and where it varies from animal to animal. Of course, you yourself will have animals you know are slow to calf and others that like to get down to business. When it comes to calving, the one thing I always say is progression. If things are progressing normally and within reasonable time limits, then things will generally look after themselves. Continue reading “Veterinary Corner with Sarah Ryan- Calving Part 2”

Reducing Lamb Losses in First 24hrs

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Feeding before lambing

Feeding the ewe well in the weeks before lambing can help reduce first 24-hour lamb losses significantly. Ewes that have a good quality diet of high dry matter silage/hay and concentrates will fair better, it will help the developing lamb fetus grow and ensure the lamb has an adequate layer of fat to help provide energy for the first few hours after birth. Good feeding of the ewe will also help ensure that the lamb is vigorous when born, supplying the lamb with energy to help it stand and suck early. Continue reading “Reducing Lamb Losses in First 24hrs”