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Leitrim TD calls on Minister for Agriculture to 'step up' for Leitrim landslide victims

Sinn Féin TD for Sligo-Leitrim welcomed today's visit by Minister for Agriculture, Barry Cowen TD to Leitrim to examine the damage caused by recent landslides in the area. Deputy Kenny said: “The landslides have caused havoc for farmers and other people who live in this area. I asked the minister to

Minister for Agriculture to view damage from Leitrim landslide this morning

Minister for Agriculture and the Marine, Barry Cowen, is viewing the damage caused by the landslide near Drumkeeran this morning (Monday, July 13). Local residents and local farmers are hopeful that some form of hardship plan will be announced for those impacted by the landslide which occurred on Su

HSA to start inspections this week to encourage greater farm safety awareness

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) is undertaking a two-week inspection campaign to highlight on-going safety issues on farms. Starting this Monday, July13, inspectors will visit farms nationwide with a view of highlighting a number of safety issues in order to reduce fatalities and serious incid

East Galway farmer lost 13 sheep in a savage dog attack

By Francis Farragher

A FARMER near Ballinasloe had 13 sheep killed in a savage attack by dogs in the last weekend in June leading to calls for a far stricter regime in relation to the control of dogs.

The farmer in question from the Clontuskert area – who asked that his name not be used – told the Farming Tribune that 13 sheep were killed in the attack that happened on the Saturday night/Sunday morning of June 27/28.

The grim discovery was made on the Sunday morning of June 28 with the sheep death toll initially standing at 12 while in the days after a 13th animal died – ewes, hoggets and lambs were victims of the savage attack.

Local people believe that up to three dogs were involved in the attack that has led to the farmer involved suffering damages amounting to several thousand euro.

“It was an awful sight and while we’ve had the odd case of a dog troubling our sheep before, we’ve never had anything like this happening before. It’s an awful loss but it’s shocking cruelty to the animals as well,” the farmer told the Farming Tribune.

However, this is not the first such case of widespread losses being suffered by sheep farmers in the Clontuskert area with another farmer in the area also having suffered major losses over recent months.

This week, Galway IFA have called for more resources to be allocated for the dog warden service in the county to help try and control the problem of canines not being kept under control.

Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, told the Farming Tribune that the carnage and cruelty being caused by roaming dogs just had to be stopped.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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‘Back to basics’ in new REPS

By Francis Farragher

THE new Government is ‘absolutely committed’ to a new €1.5 billion REPS scheme that will recognise and reward the environmental role of farmers in the West of Ireland, Minister of State, Anne Rabbitte, has stated this week.

The Minister of State at the Dept. of Children, Disability and Equality, said that the role farmers were playing currently – ‘and down through the generations’ – in looking after the environment, had to be rewarded.

“Farmers – and especially those in the West of Ireland – are farming in a grass-based system where there are natural boundaries of hedgerows, natural briars and bushes, that provide a near perfect setting for biodiversity.

“We want to try and get away from a situation where farmers were encouraged to cut and chop natural vegetation from around their boundary and internal walls to one where they nurture such natural habitats,” Anne Rabbitte told the Farming Tribune.

She said that as of this week, the Dept. of Agriculture was going ‘full steam ahead’ in putting the framework and details in place for the new REPS scheme that would recognise the ‘critically essential role’ that farming was playing in terms of carbon sequestration and the nurturing of biodiversity while also trying to ‘minimise paperwork’.

“I think that over recent years, what may have been overlooked is the role that farmers have played down through the generations in protecting the environment. It’s been a role that often has been completely understated and often farmers themselves haven’t been aware of the many positive things that they were doing in this regard as they went about their daily business,” said Anne Rabbitte.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Farmers group visit site of Drumkeeran landslide

A delegation from the Leitrim organisation of the Irish Natura and Hill Farmers Association together with the association’s president Colm O’Donnell and vice president Padraig Devaney met with farmers and householders affected by recent Dawn of Hope landslide near Drumkeeran The delegation called to

Macra na Feirme News

CLUB AGMS North Leitrim Macra would like to thank their outgoing officers for all their hard work over the past year. At the clubs recent AGM Jodie McInaw was elected Chairperson, Tara McDonald secretary and Annmarie Devaney PRO for the coming Macra year. Keep up to date with what's going on in the

Farmers warned to watch out for scammers

By Francis Farragher

FARMERS have been warned to be wary of scammers – purporting to be ringing from Revenue – seeking their bank or credit card details.

The calls are showing up with an 051 code (ostensibly the Waterford area), with the recipient of the contact being informed that they are due a tax rebate.

To ‘facilitate’ this fictitious rebate they are then asked for their bank or credit details to facilitate the refund – Gardaí have advised that this is just another one of the many phone scams doing the rounds.

Connacht IFA Chair, Pat Murphy, told the Farming Tribune that a number of farmers had received calls from such numbers over recent weeks.

“I suppose the first advice is to hang up immediately on any of these calls and never, ever give any of your personal details of any description to someone contacting you in such a manner.

“Revenue, banks or any other legitimate businesses will never seek personal details like this by way of a random call, text or email, so just be on your guard as regards any such approach,” said Pat Murphy.

Sergeant Michael Walsh, Galway Crime Prevention Officer, told the Farming Tribune, that this was just one of a number of scams that continued to do the rounds by criminals seeking to defraud people.

“What we have seen as well over the past couple of months is scams where the word COVID is included in the website in the hope of luring people to that particular website.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Low incomes pose threat to future of farming in West

By Francis Farragher

LOW incomes on West of Ireland farms – and especially so on beef enterprises – pose a threat to the future of farming in the region, it was warned this week following the release of the 2019 Teagasc National Farm Survey statistics.

The Teagasc figures indicated that the average annual income of cattle farmers across the country came in at just €9,182 – such enterprises ‘backbone’ farming in the West.

Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, told the Farming Tribune that the latest figures showed that the average returns on beef enterprises was well under the annual social welfare payment of €10,000.

“This level of return is simply not sustainable for farmers who often work seven-day weeks and up to 16-hours a day.

“With such a low-level of return from cattle and sheep farms in the West, there is a real worry about the next generation and their willingness to take over an enterprise that generates very low levels of income,” said Anne Mitchell.

She added that over half the farmers in the West of Ireland were dependent on off-farm income to survive financially. “Incomes from beef and sheep enterprises in the West need a boost if we are to sustain this way of life into future generations,” said Anne Mitchell.

She also added that the IFA and farmers had serious concerns over the failure of the new Government to have one senior Government minister ‘from Donegal to Limerick’ in the new Cabinet.                                                                               

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Glyphosate detected in four drinking water supplies in Leitrim

Exceedances for the pesticide glyphosate have been detected in the public drinking water supplies in four different areas of Co Leitrim. Glyphosate is a broad spectrum herbicide used mainly for the control of annual broadleaf weeds and grasses and is found in a number of weed killer formulations use

Gardai issue warning to dog owners after 50 attacks reported on sheep since March

Gardaí are appealing to all dog owners to ensure their dogs are kept under control as Gardaí have received nearly 50 reports of livestock being attacked since March 2020. In one incident in Leitrim a dog attacked seven sheep on a farm. The owner was identified and had to pay damages to the farmer an

New Minister for Agriculture calls for climate ambition to be matched by funding

The Minister for Agriculture Barry Cowen T.D., today, Tuesday, June 30, stressed the need to match the increased environmental ambition in CAP with an appropriate budget to be allocated in order to ensure achievement of this ambition. Speaking during his first engagement with EU Member State counter

Man (60s) dies in farming accident in Cork

The accident occurred last night and involved a tractor.

Rural Galway has largely avoided the COVID virus

By Francis Farragher

LARGE swathes of rural Galway have avoided any case of the COVID-19 virus, according to the latest data released in a Dept. of Health/CSO coronavirus incidence rate map of Ireland (see map alongside).

Large parts of West and South Connemara along with major areas in North, East and South Galway, have also escaped having any case of the dreaded virus.

As to be expected, the highest rate of infection is in the Galway city area, according to the figures that cover the period from the start of the virus in Ireland to June 12 last.

Two areas in the West with meat plants – near Athleague and Ballyhaunis – showed higher than average rates of COVID incidence as compared to the rest of the region.

Up to June 12 last, the total number of coronavirus cases in Galway stood at 484, with nine people having died from the infection.

Although Galway has roughly twice the population of Mayo (c. 258,000 versus 130,000), the number of COVID-19 cases in Mayo, up to June 12, was 554 with 41 deaths.

Tuam councillor, Pete Roche – located in the heart of rural Galway in Abbeyknockmoy – said, that in all probability, the reason for the low rate of the infection in County Galway was related to the high level of compliance with the guidelines.

“There was also a lot of fear out there in the early days of the emergency guidelines but I would have to say that the vast, vast majority of people were really brilliant in terms of complying with what was asked of them.

“While it has been a tough few months, there were also many positive aspects in the way people reacted to the crisis.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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€100 per head is sought in COVID ‘compo’

By Francis Farragher

A MINIMUM payment of €100 per finished animal is being sought by the IFA as ‘a central plank’ of the €50 million Beef Scheme, announced earlier this month by Agriculture Minister, Michael Creed.

The IFA have made a 16-point submission to the Dept. of Agriculture which includes the minimum payment rate request of €100 per finished animal, to be paid retrospectively from the date of the Minister’s announcement on June 12 last.

They also want all finished cattle to be covered in the scheme, including steers, heifers, young bulls and cows – with the exceptions of cows having a conformation score P and fat score 1, and calves.

IFA Livestock Chairman, Brendan Golden, said that the details of the scheme had to be farmer friendly with no conditionality attached to the drawdown of the payments. Among the other points of the scheme sought by the IFA are:

■ There should be no restrictive limit on the number of eligible animals per farm qualifying.

■ The full funding of €50 million must be utilised and paid out to farmers with no portion of the fund to be left unused. Dealers and factory owners to be excluded.

■ Payments should be eligible applicants on or before the end of August so as ease financial/cashflow difficulties.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Guarded welcome for agri plans in Govt. programme

By Francis Farragher

FRANCIS FARRAGHER looks at different aspects of what’s proposed for agriculture in the FF, FG and Green Party Programme for Government.

WEST of Ireland farm leaders have given a guarded welcome to the agri-rural section of the Programme for Government agreed this week by Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party.

The retention of the Nitrates Derogation; no restrictions on live exports; and a new REPS style environmental scheme have been welcomed by the IFA.

However, farm leaders have cautioned that the implementation of the programme for the agri-rural sector will be monitored closely to ensure that pledges made are followed through.

Galway IFA Chairperson, Pat Murphy, told the Farming Tribune that the new environmental scheme should be very good news for the West of Ireland on the presumtion that it would be low on red-tape while at the same time delivering a meaningful financial reward.

“We all know that the environment and environmental issues are the future and farmers are more than willing to play their part in this whole process.

“Farmers are enthusiastic about making positive contributions on environmental matters but the paperwork must be kept to a minimum while the financial compensation must be realistic in terms of making their enterprises viable,” said Pat Murphy.

He also said that the commitment to set up an independent appeals procedure for farmers who had faced penalties under the various schemes was to be welcomed. “The current appeals system is totally unfair and had to change,” said Pat Murphy.

He also said that there was a sense of relief that there was nothing in the Programme for Government as regards getting rid of the Nitrates Derogation and the live export of Irish cattle.

“The Nitrates Derogation is an essential for dairy farmers. If it was got rid of, it would have implications in terms of dairy farmers having to acquire more land to supply their feed needs, making land more expensive either to buy or rent,” said Pat Murphy.

He said that the IFA had lobbied intensively on issues like the environmental scheme, the Nitrates Directive and live exports over recent weeks, adding that their work had ‘paid off’.

“The push will be continuing to deliver a better Sheep Welfare and Suckler Cow scheme. We are still seeking a payment of €300 per suckler cow and €30 per ewe from the new Government.

“Suckler cow farmers along the Western Seaboard counties are the basis of the Irish beef industry producing the quality cattle that backbone the whole industry.

“What seems to have emerged from the Programme for Government is a first step along the way in what we are trying to achieve. The pledges are there but now, over the coming months, it’s action we need,” said Pat Murphy.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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New €10k REPS scheme sought by IFA

By Francis Farragher

A PROPERLY funded environmental scheme – with annual payments of up to €10,000 per farmer – must be part of the new CAP (Common Agriculture Policy), according to Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell.

She said that in the IFA’s latest submission to the Dept. of Agriculture on post-2020 CAP, the case for the proper funding of environmental schemes had been strongly put forward – she welcomed the inclusion of a ‘new REPS’ in the Programme for Government announced this week.

“The benefits farmers and agriculture provide in carbon sequestration must be recognised and rewarded in REPS- type (Rural Environmental Protection Scheme) scheme. Farmers will put in the work but the payments must be meaningful,” said Anne Mitchell.

She said that the IFA had strongly stressed to the Dept. of Agriculture the importance of ‘fully accounting’ for all rural carbon sinks such as grassland, hedgerows, crops, peatlands and forestry.

“There must also be recognition for the cyclical nature of methane in GHG emissions accounting methodology,” said Anne Mitchell.

She added that the IFA’s central message to Government was the contradiction between policies like Farm to Fork and the Biodiversity strategy on the one hand – and a proposed cut to the CAP Budget on the other.

“Extra asks have to mean extra funding. The next Government cannot stand over a situation where funding is cut – it has to be increased,” she said.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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IFA say Programme for Government is long on words but short on numbers

Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) president, Tim Cullinan, said the Programme for Government involving Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party, has positive aspects but lacks clear commitments on budgets and spending. “Overall, while there are lots of words, it lacks hard figures,” he said.  “In i

RTE to screen Embrace FARM service remembering farm accident victims

Embrace FARM, the support network for those affected by farm accidents, is encouraging people to join in the #WeRememberYou campaign this June to remember a person in their life lost or injured in a farm accident. The campaign will this year culminate in an online Remembrance Service on where names

The new normal as marts return with online extras

By Francis Farragher

IT was back to business at Tuam Mart on Monday when they held their first public auction sale since mid-March – backed up a new online bidding system set up by the Irish Farmers Journal.

Tuam Mart Manager, Marion Devane, told the Farming Tribune, that the re-opening of the mart had been a huge success with around 300 cattle on offer – a large number for a Summer sale.

“It was different. We had all the spaces marked out for the buyers and the sellers came in as their animals were being sold, but overall it worked, and we got great co-operation from everyone,” she said.

Marion Devane also thanked the two auctioneers – Pat Burke and Peter McDonagh – for their implementation of the online bidding system, with bids taken for stock as they came into the ring from bidders on their home or office laptops or phones.

“The online app offers another opportunity to bid for and buy stock without being physically present at the mart – and it’s all good for competition,” said Marion Devane.

The new online buying of cattle at marts is called MartBids and has been developed by the Irish Farmers Journal in partnership with the livestock marts.

Tuam is the latest mart to ‘come on board’ with MartBids as well as Balla, Castlerea, Nenagh, Kilkenny, Roscrea and Elphin.

According to Irish Farmers Journal editor, Justin McCarthy, COVID-19 has transformed the way people do business, with marts being no different.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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