A section of the large crowd that turned out at Peacockes of Maam Cross last Friday night for the INHFA meeting on the review of ANC payments. PHOTO: TOM BRODERICK.

Huge push for hike in ANC hill payments

THERE was a huge turnout of farmers for the Irish Natura and Hill Farmers Association (INHFA) meeting in Maam Cross last Friday night, aimed at stepping up the pressure to secure increased ANC payments...
Kieran McDonagh, Sonny Jennings, Barry Stephens, Peter McDonagh, Alan Daly and Barry Cunningham getting ready for the Connacht Sheep Shearing Championships in Corofin village next Sunday. PHOTO: JOHNNY RYAN PHOTOGRAPHY.

Forum on hill sheep in Maam

A MAJOR forum in Connemara next week will aim to chart the path ahead for hill sheep farmers in the region, seeking to grow their enterprise over the coming years. The IFA Hill Sheep Forum...

Galway farmers part of demo on liquid milk crux

GALWAY farmers took part in a supermarket protest yesterday in Portlaoise aimed at highlighting the ‘loss leader’ sales of milk across some of the major retail chains. According to Galway IFA Chairman, Pat Murphy, the...
A section of the crowd that attended last Monday night’s Greenway meeting in the Lough Rea Hotel. Photo: Hany Marzouk.

IFA pledges to fight any CPO Greenway move

FARMERS at a public meeting in Loughrea on Monday night have pledged to fight ‘tooth and nail’ any effort to take over land for the Greenway route by compulsory purchase order (CPO). A crowd of...
NCT for tractors on the way?

Contractors say NCT on tractors is unnecessary and will end up costing farmers

THE introduction of an NCT test for tractors capable of doing more than 40kph would add on a major cost factor that would end up being borne by farmers, it has been warned this...
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...


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