Nathan, Olivia and Felim Cotton; Ervillagh, Ahascragh, at the County Galway Ploughing Championship in Shaboley earlier this month. Photo: Gerry Stronge.

Straw bedded shed put forward as an alternative to slats in Cleggan appeal

THERE is strong opposition to the granting of planning permission to a slatted shed in West Connemara – it is suggested that a straw bedded shed would be more appropriate. Fears have been expressed that...
Damien McGrath (centre), Tuam IFA Branch, pictured receiving his Certificate for the IFA Young Leaders Programme delivered by Farm Business Skillnet with James Kelly, IFA Director of Organisation and James Murphy, Farm Business Skillnet, Chairman/IFA South Leinster Chairman.

Star cows shine in the cash returns

THE economic benefit of using a five-star replacement index cow – as against a one star animal – can be as much as €172 per calving event, according to the 2015 Teagasc Annual Report. Noirín...
Pat Murphy: Make a list of safety concerns.

IFA boss urges farmers to devote first fortnight of 2018 to safety issues

THE Chairman of Galway IFA has asked all farmers to take the first couple of weeks of the New Year to address any safety issues that have concerns over on their farms. Pat Murphy told...
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...
Billy Comer, Carmel Hussey-Comer and Gerry Brennan (treasurer), Glenamaddy at the launch of The Ploughing that takes place on Sunday next. Photo: Johnny Ryan Photography.

6,000 expected to turn out for Glenamaddy Ploughing and Agricultural Show

NOW regarded as a highlight of the show calendar in the West of Ireland, the Glenamaddy District Ploughing and Agricultural Show returns on this coming Sunday, October 1. Since the inaugural event in 2014, the...
Dairying: Fuelling land prices in the South.

Cashflow and expansion prospects continues to drive market for dairymen

LAND prices declined in the West of Ireland last year in contrast to Munster and Leinster, according to the findings of a major survey carried out by Teagasc and the Society of Chartered Surveryors...


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