Farming the land in the autumn time Vol 1



We travelled down to the bottom of the Ard’s peninsula and went looking for one of John Dan O’Hare’s combines, which was hard at work on a 1000 acre estate outside the little town of Portaferry. His son Danny was driving it, cutting 400 acres of wheat and barley with his New Holland combine and 17 foot header and when he had finished, he had to catch a ferry across to Strangford to save him an eighty mile journey by road. When he got off the ferry he made his way back through the beautiful countryside and on through Downpatrick and Castlewellan and then to the yard, which took about two and a half hours.

On one of our Journeys down South we called at Country Crest at the Hoey family farm to see what they were working at and we met up with Cahal and Karl, who were starting to spray some of the crops. They had just taken procession of a new Challenger Rogater 5000 litre self-propelled sprayer with a thirty meter boom and they also used the Chafer 5000 litre trailed sprayer, which was pulled by a Fendt 820 and it also had a thirty meter boom.

Things were going well in Athy in Co Kildare at Roger Perry’s farm as they were hard at work with two of their three combines cutting the harvest. It was all hands on deck on this beautiful day and as Roger works with everything New Holland, even the Baler that came into the field was a also a New Holland; a lovely sight to see in this scenic part of the country straddling the border of Co Kilkenny.

It wouldn’t be complete unless we called with John Dan O’Hare, at his yard up in Co Down, and what a stroke of luck as John Dan and all his family were getting seven of his nine Combines ready for cutting the next morning as a lot of his customers were looking for him to cut their crops the next morning while the weather stayed fine. So now he will take them down the road to cut some of his own fields first and check that every machine is cutting. What a lovely sight to see all this activity in the one field. Quite a number of people came along to see this unusual sight.