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How was 2021 for you?

  • 30-12-2021 8:12pm
    Registered Users Posts: 27,185 ✭✭✭✭ whelan2

    The pandemic lingered on. Weather was bad in the spring. We got a great chance to make silage etc and a good back end too. Went into partnership with eldest lad and he is increasing the suckler herd which might not be a bad thing the way input prices are going. So how was 2021 for you?



  • Registered Users Posts: 767 ✭✭✭ Tileman

    Built a new shed. Delighted with result but pity I didn’t build a year earlier. Cost well over budget. Got a few other pieces on tams. Made great fodder during summer. Worked from home for most of it with no official e as a result of covid.

    great lamb prices. Was a great year really.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,695 ✭✭✭ funkey_monkey

    Not a great one. Family illness and working from home during Covid has led to it being a pretty poor year all round. Hardly been out the door since Covid started.

    On the farming side of things it's been okay. Got plenty of fodder gathered up and a few less cattle so winter has been very stress free this year. Got good prices for most of what we sold. Disappointing weights for some of this years calves, but having sat down and looked through them I've got mitigations for most of it and hopefully now they are in shed they'll kick on.

    Will be glad to see the back of it regardless of how things went on the farm.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,870 ✭✭✭ Dunedin

    Had a good year here tbf. Covid brought more wfh so that gave me a much better work life balance as I have a long commute to work.

    Farming wise was good too. Cattle prices were strong so was paid for them this year. Weather was excellent for hay and silage. Have a decent set up so do my farming in circa 10 hours per week (except for 7 week calving season but I enjoy calving season so it’s not work!!). Farming doesn’t stress me out anymore thank God

    Family all stayed healthy and highlight of the year was bringing 7 year old to Croke Park to see Offaly win u20 all Ireland.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,870 ✭✭✭ Dunedin

    I forgot that bit about the boat. Hadn’t managed to get the boat out in nearly 10 years. Since covid came I’ve got out about 6-7 times over last couple of years. Can’t bate the feeling of being on the Shannon fishing.

  • Registered Users Posts: 436 ✭✭ gazahayes

    Probably one of the best years here, started of with birth of 4th baby. Finished off building house that started Nov 21 moved in start Dec and ended with baby no 5 coming 2 weeks later.

    Farming had a good lambing with very few loses, but was busy and let growth rates drop by going into grass too heavy. Cut back on fert while still selling off extra grass for zero grazing.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,077 ✭✭✭✭ Base price

    TBH once my boys are happy then I'm happy. Unfortunately eldest couldn't come home from Australia for Christmas again this year due to Covid but maybe he will make it home sometime next year. Youngest applied for a job in Scotland earlier this year and fingers crossed he will be made permanent in Feb after serving his probation period.

    Farming is ticking along fine but it's difficult to get any young lads/lassies to do a bit of weekend work like power washing/help with dosing/bedding sheds etc so myself and OH are working 24-7/365 🙄

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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,382 ✭✭✭✭ wrangler

    Yea, would love a boat for R and R, my health is disappointing me for the last year so wouldn't justify buying a cruiser unless it improves, we tried to hire one during the summer but they are rubbish. What I'd love is something like a cottage in the west of Ireland ...... that moves,

    some lovely boats around

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,870 ✭✭✭ Dunedin

    Mine is just a 17’ lake boat for fishing. I get no better therapy than being on the water on nice summers day. With the phone left at home!!!

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,068 ✭✭✭ MfMan

    A good idea I think at year end to make a note of machine / tractor hours, car mileage, water meter readings etc. for year-on-year comparison. Also, a note of stock on hand and bank balance(s). Big help for again when compiling accounts.

  • Registered Users Posts: 18,046 ✭✭✭✭ _Brian

    Cattle thrived and prices were decent enough so that’s always a relief. Plenty of fodder saved and bales seem to have kept well. Long back end saved fodder and cut slurry too

    Eldest got through her LC great and got the course in college she had her heart set on. Youngest started in secondary and is loving it, doesn’t want to miss a day, doesn’t get that from me as I hated each and every day at school until last two months as I was a stubborn Bollox and wouldn’t let myself enjoy it

    Missed bringing the caravan abroad, second year missed after 16 consecutive summers and were not booking crossings as of yet for 2022. Did get a few trips though, week in Mayo and one in Clare, good for the year it was.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,870 ✭✭✭ Dunedin

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,936 ✭✭✭ Who2

    Best of luck with it. Dad is on his third one here.(long story) He was constantly fatigued and had taken a few mini strokes. He’s like a new man after getting them.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,382 ✭✭✭✭ wrangler

    I can relate to all that, get weak now on any exertion

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  • Registered Users Posts: 756 ✭✭✭ CHOPS01

    Trying to think back to "the plans for 2021"thread from this time lads year ! Achieved one of my goals and that was only a fortnight ago which was getting additional fencing done. FRS here for 3 days and did a super job. Place now completely fenced as I want it.

    Bar one or two animals all throve, weighed and graded very well and left money so definitely my most profitable year.

    Last few months of work fairly stressful so definitely enjoying the break.

    All in all 2021 was a good one.

    Brother, wife and kids over at 7 for beers. Sisters crew all isolating otherwise they would be here also.

    Happy New Year lads.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,870 ✭✭✭ Dunedin

    Keep the head up and look after yourself anyways. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or have a chat with someone. Wishing you a great 2022.

  • Registered Users Posts: 18,046 ✭✭✭✭ _Brian

    Focus on whatever did go well for you even the small stuff.

  • Registered Users Posts: 707 ✭✭✭ Aravo

    Don't be too hard on yourself. These are difficult times. Focus on the positives and good luck to you and other posters for 2022.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,199 ✭✭✭ cjpm

    Massive 1+ for this.

    A neighbour of mine his daughter is getting the whole social exclusion treatment in the local secondary school. She’s fierce upset over it.

    Teenagers can be terrible to each other at times.