Oliver mcdonnell

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  1. Mick mcquaid

    Mick mcquaid Well-Known Member

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    Do you remember this man? He used to write every Tuesday for the farming independent.Gone off it a long time now! Does anybody know is he still alive?
     
  2. 6600

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    Don't know, used read him every week.
     
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  4. Nashty

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    Lived in the midlands for a while in recent years until health failed I believe. Led a very interesting life, lot of land between all of his own sons and son in laws now. I think he wrote a damning article on the meat factories and dept of ag at one stage and basically, the paper had to get rid of him as a result. Must have been a very big operator in his own time.
     
  5. Mick mcquaid

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    He was a knowledgeable man.Always had an interesting column every Tuesday!
     
  6. Mf240

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    It was an article about an ai companys straws not working that led to his leaving.
     
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  7. whelan1

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    It's a good few years since he wrote in the indo
     
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    Tales of him holding up traffic with a fastrac heading to the docks for feedstuff. He always aired things that went wrong or broke, the kind of stuff most would keep to themselves.
     
  9. Nashty

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    And that was probably why other farmers like ourselves warmed to his articles, he put no salt on his opinions so to speak!
     
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    It was to do with sexed semen . More exactly the fact the sexed semen brought him a lot more bulls then heifers . :rolleyes2: Stopped buying the paper on a Tuesday when he no longer wrote in it .
     
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    That's right, it was a product called female advantage by one of the bigger companies. He may have been right in what he said but still had to pay the price. There was s couple of full page ads for said company the following week. I was an ai tech with that company at the time so it stuck in my head
     
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    Never heard of him but I liked his writing style.

    In the article above he mentioned he used bulls and bought the best,something I’ve always done,I’m not a fan of fashion.
     
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    Was always the first article you'd go to in the Findo, a bit like every second week now with the Journal and Mr Potterton :laugh:
     
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    In the dim and distant past, there was an Irish monthly farming magazine, called The Farmer , Farmers Monthly , or something like that. I'm talking 1978 79 ish .
    Oliver used to write in that publication.
    He had recently bought a farm in Co Meath . Was reclaiming it , building a farmyard from scratch, building up a dairy herd . Oh , he and his wife , Rosemary? were rearing 7 children , while living in a mobile home. It would have been a good accomplishment for a persons lifetime.
    The same publication had the late Bobby Bennett , who lived quite near @diesel power , write the feature on Sheep farming .
    And a Pip Ryan from Newbawn in Co Wexford did the tillage feature. Possibly long dead now , I presume.
    Amazing what I rember from 40 years ago but I'm damned if I can think of where I left the shovel 2 days ago ...
     
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    Oliver was fond of the words "the lads", if he didn't get that in a few times in each article :lol:
     
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    The forums memory man :laugh:

    Would pass Ryan's farm on a regular enough basis.
     
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    Found this recently twenty years ago tomorrow
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    Look who's at the bottom of the league:rolleyes2:
     
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    Glanbia at the bottom not much has changed! Golden vale were shite too
     
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    does that work out at 27cpl ?
     
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    Was He near Enfield? IIRC early nineties His herd was wipe out due to BSE and He started up again with imported stock??
     
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    I think his herd got BSE. No idea about restocking . Would Hill of Down make sense ?
     
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    Did the pork dioxin issue also affect his herd? Or maybe I'm thinking of someone else, so dont quote me on that
     

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