Slow po­tato sales

Irish Examiner - Farming - - GENERAL FARMING -

The sale of sec­ond ear­lies pota­toes is slow at the mo­ment, but good qual­ity and yields are re­ported.

Early sown main­crop pota­toes are ap­pear­ing on the mar­ket, with har­vest­ing of sig­nif­i­cant quan­ti­ties about to pick up. Most grow­ers have blight un­der con­trol.

Burn­ing off crops will be­gin in the com­ing weeks. C a u t i o n i s re q u i re d wi t h suck­ler herds in Au­gust. Af­ter bulls are sep­a­rated from spring calv­ing cows, the i s o l a t i o n c a n m a ke b u l l s ag­gres­sive, so they should be put at grass with com­pan­ion an­i­mals.

Never en­ter a field or yard with a bull in it, with­out pro­tec­tion and a means of es­cape. Al­ways keep a bull’s tem­per­a­ment un­der re­view. Cau­tion is also re­quired when herd­ing cows, as get­ting be­tween a cow and its calf can arouse ag­gres­sion.

Have a means of pro­tec­tion and es­cape.

A Te a g a s c / H e a l t h a n d Safety Au­thor­ity (HSA) video on the safe han­dling of stock bulls is avail­able on the Tea­gasc Beef Face­book page.

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