I’m making some changes to my life for 2017.
Nothing too drastic – I’m not planning in running a marathon or even 5k. I’m too realistic to know that I’m not going to lose lots of weight.
But I am going to say “No” more often. Because after all, by saying “No” to something, I’m saying “Yes” to something else.
It’s been an interesting week in Irish farming. No, it’s not about Brexit or even beef prices but the topic of women in farming is becoming a hot one – at long last!
Can women calve cows & drive tractors?
Women are great multi-taskers but do they have the skills, strength and know-how to calve cows as well as all the other farming tasks? Well, a man calling RTE’s Liveline the other day doesn’t think so. Women can’t be farmers, although it [...]
I’m working on my third book (Ideal Farm Husband) at the moment and while doing some research in newspaper archives, I came across some articles on what women in the post considered to be an ideal husband. Partly because they are quite amusing and partly because we’re all depressed between bad milk prices, rain and Brexit, it’s time to have a bit of a laugh, I’ve decided to do a couple of comparisons.
According to the Kilkenny People on 22nd October [...]
Neighbourhood watch in farming used to mean that when you got a phone call early in the morning or late at night you were told cattle or sheep were out on the road. Unfortunately, with the increase in rural crime, communities watches are being officially set up all over the place to try and prevent thefts. However, we benefitted from the old type a couple of weeks ago. We’d just let out the 67 yearling heifers and split them into [...]
Are you a Farmer?
Are you a Female Farmer?
Are you a Farmer’s Wife? Or perhaps a Farm Wife?
Are you a Farmerette?
There’s also the use of FarmHers and RancHers now too!
So what am I? In many ways, I am all of the above.
I’m a farmer – I own land and I have a herdnumber with over 300 head of cattle. I’m female so I am a female farmer too. I’m married to a farmer so some describe me as a farmer’s wife. [...]