Farmers need to acquaint themselves with new regulations on spraying

BY SINEAD DEVANEY AND TIM HYDE THE introduction of the Sustainable Use Directive (SUD) has created many questions for farmers and Teagasc staff over recent months. Many of the questions are answered below and simply any...
Local farmer and publican, Gerry Delaney, points to one of the many locations in Abbey Bog that have been scarred by illegal dumping. PHOTOs: JOHNNY RYAN PHOTOGRAPHY.

Nature gem of local area is now scarred by louts who use bog as...

A DUMPING epidemic over the winter period has blighted a North Galway village with mounds of litter now building up along the roadways of bogs in the Abbeyknockmoy area. Villagers held a meeting last week...
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...
Gerry Finneran and John Higgins, from Ballygar, enjoy a bit of 'tomfoolery' at the Mountbellew Mart Show and Sale last week. Picture: Hany Marzouk

Commonage deadline of July 3 can’t be achieved

A JULY 3 deadline for the completion of Commonage Management Plans affecting hundreds of farmers across Connemara will be impossible to meet, according to farming and planners representatives. As part of the individual GLAS plans...
At the launch of the County Galway Credit Unions Cultivate Brand in the Lough Rea Hotel, Loughrea, were: Mairead Baimbridge, Ann Marie Creaven, Shane Morrissey, Caroline Ryan and Catherine Browne, all of St. Jarlaths Credit Union. PHOTO: STAN SHIELDS.

Credit Union loan package aims to tackle issue of cashflow woes

THERE are over 13,000 herd owners in Co. Galway – the vast majority of them into livestock farming – and cashflow is their main worry, according to research carried out by local credit unions. The...
More local flood relief schemes to get the green light.

More flood relief to get go ahead

THE criteria for carrying out essential drainage works on farmland in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon has become more favourable which means that several minor works schemes could be carried out before the end of...

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