‘I have never seen it as bad in 40 years of farm­ing’

Irish Independent - Farming - - RURAL LIFE -

JAMES BAR­RETT has spent sev­eral months look­ing in hor­ror at weather fore­casts, and the rain was still pour­ing down out­side his dairy in Water­grasshill in Co Cork when we were chat­ting last week.

“I have never seen it so bad in my 40 years of farm­ing. It has been av­er­ag­ing 174mm a month of rain through­out the win­ter down here and up to 180mm over at Cork Air­port.

“Al­though we have dry enough ground, it is hard to get the an­i­mals out on the land,” ex­plained James, who farms on his own with a lit­tle help from his sis­ter Rose.

“I am still get­ting over the seven inches of snow we got here on March 1. I have never seen that amount of snow so late in all my farm­ing life.

“But I sup­pose the weather is the weather.

“We get it and we just have to get on with it.”

He was look­ing for­ward to a break in the weather.

“If we get seven days out of the change in the weather the ground should be dry enough to get the an­i­mals out and to start the other jobs on the farm,” he said. “That will take the pres­sure off us.”

The next jobs in­clude spread­ing some 40,000 gal­lons of slurry on his 50-acre

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