Dempsey at Large: no policy input
Matt Dempsey
Empty slogans such as reducing the use of plant protection products by 50% achieve nothing.
24 May 2023 Viewpoints
Home Farm: TB reactor - herd test failure
There was no room for doubt as we read the test results last Thursday.
17 May 2023 Viewpoints
Dowth too valuable to lose
There is a danger that a unique part of the country’s agricultural history will be lost.
The Home Farm: herd test
Matt Dempsey describes the herd test process on his farm.
17 May 2023 Viewpoints
Home Farm: A promising start
We easily met the criteria for the Eco-scheme, though I am still not sure with all the changes how much we are likely to receive.
10 May 2023 Viewpoints
Dempsey at Large: All finance, no farming at Glanbia’s AGM
The meeting felt much more like a meeting in Manhattan than an occasion in a hotel in Kilkenny.
10 May 2023 Viewpoints
Dempsey at Large: grain market disruption
This is not the first time that EU farmers have been affected by sanctions and trade distortions created by political decisions.
3 May 2023 Viewpoints
Home Farm: Grass growth is suddenly powering ahead
With each passing day the bulk of material to be grazed is increasing in each paddock and the last thing we need is for so much grass ahead of us that it runs to seed and quality collapses.
3 May 2023 Viewpoints
Solutions to the housing crisis
The old comparison of a reasonable house being buyable for around 100 store cattle no longer remotely applies.
26 April 2023 Viewpoints
Home Farm: catching up during the dry days
On the tillage side, the few consecutive days of fine weather let us catch up fully with the spraying and sowing the beans.
26 April 2023 Viewpoints
Home Farm: hectic week for tillage
For the first time since late last November we have cattle out night and day.
19 April 2023 Viewpoints
Dempsey at Large: there may be other options for dairy farmers
There may be other options worth looking at that could justify a different approach.
19 April 2023 Viewpoints