Irish farms with cows & against crows

It’s good to have a pal like Christian Mühlhausen, owner of Landpixel, a german agency for ag-pictures, who has specialised on travelling everywhere I have never been to. After Iceland, a few weeks ago, he has now visited Ireland. A very interesting country, ag-wise. Recently the first sector has contributed largely to improve the economic situation after the big crash following the explosion of the Dot.com-Bubble a few years ago. The success of the farmsector is based on an successful dairy- and meat-export-economy. That paid back for the farmers as you can see in last years income-statistics. Still, it seems unclear, whether the development will remain positive, because of the price-decrease for a number of agricultural commodities. Let’s hope, it’s not gonna be a milk-bubble…
But now back to Christians pics from his recent trip to the green island. He writes me, that Ireland has surprised him with beautiful landscapes, pretty cows and not so pretty farms. He concludes that the optical styling of the buildings and their surroundings is not one of the primary concerns of the irish farmers, while the landscapes are very well looked after (including the hedges) and the cows. The ones he saw were all in topconditions with corresponding average milkperformances of over 9000 kilos a year. He’s also praising the quality of the beef, that he has tasted a few times, mentioning at the same time, that the prices (farmgate price 4 Euros/kg young bull; shop price 13 to 22 Euros/kg) are relatively high, compared to the ones in his home country Germany.
Finally he sends me a few pics of a farm with a seemingly wide spread problem: crows or rooks, I’m not sure about the right name, that live on the farmfodder, shit everywhere and bring in diseases. The farmer is trying to keep the intruders away with a loudspeaker system that spreads the fright noises of all the important bird races (saved on a chip) in regular intervals around the clock. Other countries, other customs… Thanks for the pics and the interesting Eireinsights, travelling man! (All pictures Christian Mühlhausen/Landpixel)
 

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