Children on farms: supervision is vital.

Farmyards are no playground for kids

BY ANTHONY O'CONNOR FARMS are a dangerous environment for children and the dangers will increase as the year progresses. Farmyards should be a ‘no-go’ area for children unless they are accompanied by an adult in...
Mick Culkeen: A great response to loans.

CU agri loans ‘a hit’ with farmers

UP to 225 farmers from all around Co. Galway have drawn down loans averaging €15,000 just three months after the launch of the ‘Cultivate’ lending initiative by the Credit Union movement in the county. The...
Fiona O'Neill with the winner of the Terrier Class with her Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Leyla, at the annual SMA Family Open Day Dog Show in Claregalway. Photograph: Carmel Marzouk.

Grant aid needed in new slurry restriction

ANY upgrading of slurry spreading equipment – as part of emission reduction requirements - must be funded through Government grants, according to Independent Roscommon/Galway TD, Michael Fitzmaurice. He said that reports last week indicated that...
Last year's winners of Galway's Fastest Family trophy at Mountbellew Agricultural Show were Keith and Frank Collevy, Mountbellew with Frank and Karen Harkin from Newbridge. Photo: David Walsh.

113 years old and still going strong

RECOGNISED as one of the most diverse agricultural shows to take place in the county, plans are already at an advanced stage to host this year’s Mountbellew Show which takes place in September. The show...
MEP Matt Carthy: Payment to meat plants 'scandalous'.

MEP Carthy hits out at meat plants drawing down huge EU payments

OVER 50 farming enterprises in Galway received annual EU CAP payments in excess of €50,000 for 2016, the latest Dept. of Agriculture figures have revealed. In terms of ‘block funding’, Teagasc (Athenry-Oranmore) received payments of...
Mummy swan keeps a keen eye on her five cygnets as they go for a swim at Loughrea Lake. PHOTO: HANY MARZOUK.

A tough financial year on the farm

WEST of Ireland farmers – and especially those in the lower income beef and sheep categories – have been advised to try ‘and leave nothing behind’ in terms of any direct payments that can...


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