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...
Deputy Sean Canney: A welcome move.

Brakes put on tractor tests by Minister

THE decision by Transport Minister, Shane Ross, to revoke the Statutory Instrument (SI) introduced earlier this year on tractor testing, has been welcomed by local public representatives and the IFA. The reason for the introduction...
"Those magnificent men in their tractor machines" . . . the Masseys, John Deeres, New Hollands and many, many more ready for the off last Sunday morning in Barnaderg at the start of the North Galway Tractor Run in aid of Galway Hospice.

€13.5m worth of tractors take to the road at Barnaderg for charity run

OVER €13 million worth of tractor hardware was on display last Sunday in Barnaderg at the start of the North Galway Tractor Run that’s expected to pull in over €13,000 for the Galway Hospice...
Powerful vintage: IFA President, Joe Healy, beside a David Brown 30D at the IFA protest outside the Dáil last week seeking aid for grain growers whose crops were decimated by the bad weather of last September.

Grain package on the cards

A BREAKTHROUGH package for grain farmers who suffered huge losses due to the rains of last September is now likely to emerge following a meeting of the National Tillage Forum early next month. Minister of...
Niall O'Donoghue from Kinvara at the Pro-Agri Grass Seed Open Day last Saturday in Ballinderreen. Photograph: Hany Marzouk.

Backlog of 3,800 remains in GLAS scheme

WITH only 300 farmers being cleared for GLAS payments every week, it could take another three months to clear the backlog, a leading IFA official has warned this week. According to IFA Rural Development Chairman,...


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