Anita Kerrigan from Clonbur shows her skills in the hand shearing section of the Connacht Spring Show at Balllinrobe Racecourse last Sunday. PHOTO: HANY MARZOUK.

Extra week for GLAS scheme is looked for

HARD pressed planners, advisors and farmers need an extra week to try and get their GLAS application forms submitted, according to Connacht IFA Regional Chairman, Tom Turley. He said that the Minister and the Dept....
Simon Coveney

Hill farmers face extinction with new inspections

TWENTY two organisations covering a wide span of farming and environmental interests have written to the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, warning him that land eligibility assessments now in place, will lead to rural...
Paul Connaughton: review of clawbacks needed.

Fury as Department of Agriculture claw back grants

FARMERS are becoming wary of joining any scheme for fear that monies that they receive from the Department of Agriculture may be recouped. It has emerged in recent weeks that several Galway farmers have been...
John Moloney and Joe Forde, from Loughrea, at the Loughrea Mart Sale last Saturday. PHOTO: HANY MARZOUK.

Organic farmers in West are hit

SMALLER farmers in the West of Ireland have been ‘hammered’ in the new Organic Farmers Scheme announced last week by Minister of State, Tom Hayes. According to the Organic Farmers Representative Body (OFRB), the failure...
Michael Murphy: price drop is six weeks early.

Lamb prices drop arrives ‘far too soon’

SHEEP farmers and early lamb producers in Galway are hoping that prices will stabilise over the next week or so after a dramatic slump that began at the start of last week. Prices fell by...
Ger Hamilton and Pat Minogue at a Gort Mart sale earlier this month.

New three year limit on RSS must go

A NEW three year limit imposed on new contracts for RSS (Rural Social Scheme) imposed by Social Protection Minister, Leo Varadkar, needs to be reversed, according to Fianna Fáil Front bench spokesman, Éamon Ó...

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