Alan Kyle's life in farming began at the Diamond, Fintona in County Tyrone. From here, in 1944, he moved with his parents to a 72 acre farm near Omagh. In due course, he took over the running of the farm from his father and with the support of his wife, Agnes.
From the age of 15 in a series of diaries, Alan recorded on a daily basis the trials, tribulations, rewards and highlights of more than 50 years in farming. In this book, using extracts from the diaries, Alan shares his experiences and views on the changing world of agriculture with a wider audience.
I was fortunate to work Alan and Agnes Kyle on the design and artwork of their 464 page book "A Touch of Grass." It was a pleasure to work with the couple and to have been introduced to the various events throughout their lives that have been included in this book. The book has been a great success and has seen two print runs to keep up for the demand for the publication.
When I first spoke to Alan he expressed his passion for high quality milk production from high quality grass, hence the title, ‘A Touch of Grass’. With this in mind I decided to use the theme of grass as a page background, and subsequently pulled handfuls of grass out of my garden which I then scanned and placed onto the pages. The results turned out great and really give the design a fresh agricultural feel.
Turned out great and Alan, Agnes and their family were very pleased with the result.