Battling through the face of adversity

7 Oct , 2019  

When it comes to growing vegetables for a living, there is a lot that needs to go right, most of which can be dictated by the grower themselves. However, one thing none of us can do anything about is the Irish weather. Unpredictable is probably the best adjective to describe the weather on the Emerald […]


Slievenamon Agri Services – meeting the needs of the local farming community for over twenty years

2 Oct , 2019  

Established in 1997, Slievenamon Agri Services’ mission is to “provide as best we can a quality service that meets the needs of the farmers in a safe and secure manner”. It’s a philosophy that has stood the family-run enterprise in good stead. Based in Drangan, Thurles, South Tipperary, they offer an Agricultural Contracting service with […]


A third generation of pig farmers

1 Oct , 2019  

The trials and tribulations of making a livelihood as a pig farmer in Ireland in the current climate have been well documented but Dermot Healy is keeping the best side out. Along with his brother Joe, he runs Tullow-based enterprise JDH Farms Ltd and they are in it for the long haul. Pig production in […]


Centre of excellence

27 Sep , 2019  

UCD (University College Dublin) is unique among third level universities in Ireland by having its own teaching and research farm on the outskirts of Dublin to provide students and academics with access to large animal and crop enterprises for the delivery of teaching and research programmes. For the past 56 years, UCD has operated its […]


Five decades of quality contracting in the Lake County

26 Sep , 2019  

From their base in Streamstown, County Westmeath, Scally Agri Contractors provide local farmers with unrivalled pit silage, baling, slurry and hedge cutting services. We had a chat with Don Scally – son of founder Larry – to find out more about this exceptional second-generation, family-run operation. For coming up on half a century, farmers in […]


A Groovy service

23 Sep , 2019  

More and more farmers are upgrading their farms in recent times. Farm buildings are a specialised area of work and for this month’s edition of Irish Tractor, we profile a company that focuses mainly on this area. Burran McAuley Construction Ltd is owned and run by Hugh McAuley who has many years’ experience in the […]


“It’s all go” at S Friel Agri Contracts

19 Sep , 2019  

S Friel Agri Contracts in Co Donegal offer all aspects of agricultural contracting to their customers and have earned an excellent reputation in doing so. Owner and founder Shaun Friel told Irish Tractor & Agri all about his business recently. This year has all the makings of another busy summer season for S Friel Agri […]


McCormack Family Farms continue to deliver

16 Sep , 2019  

As a nation, we have become a lot more conscious of what we eat and this is not only good for our health, but it has also helped the economy as many local food producers have seen the benefit of our change in attitude towards food. One such company that has prospered in recent years […]


Phil Bennis & Sons closes in on 35 years

13 Sep , 2019  

Based in Patrickswell, Co Limerick, Phil Bennis & Sons Ltd is a market leader in the supply and installation of equipment to the modern day pig farm. Irish Tractor & Agri learned more from the company’s founder and Managing Director, Phil Bennis. Set-up in 1985, Phil Bennis & Sons Ltd today has seven full-time staff […]


A helping hand when it comes to forestry

9 Sep , 2019  

Western Forestry Co-op has over 30 years’ experience in advising landowners on forestry. CEO Marina Conway talked Irish Tractor & Agri magazine through the multitude of services they provide landowners in western and northern counties. The Co-op was established in 1985 by the Dairy and livestock Co-operatives in Western Counties in response to a need […]