John Duane, Killimor; Gerard Dolan, Eyrecourt and John Whyte, Whitegate at Tuesday's Portumna Mart sheep sale. PHOTO: HANY MARZOUK.

Don’t miss the boat on sheep scheme

GALWAY sheep farmers have been urged ‘not to miss the boat’ for the new ‘Welfare Scheme’ that will deliver an annual payment of €10 per ewe for the next four years. Michael Murphy, Galway IFA...
Brendan Geraghty: Driest April since records began.

Driest April in 66 years

GALWAY has enjoyed one of its driest every Aprils since records began with most places across the county getting well under half an inch of rainfall over the 30 days of our fourth month. Many...
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...
Joe Brady: Scope there to secure payments.

ANC payments: scope is there to secure cash

THE Dept. of Agriculture should be in a position to ensure that Irish farmers don’t lose out on any payments in the current ANC review, according to a senior IFA representative, following discussions with...
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...
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...


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