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...
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...
Thomas Cunningham using the loy to turn the sod at the Galway Ploughing Championships earlier this month in Monivea.

Online is the way to go for BPS ‘17

FARMERS have been strongly advised to make their Basic Payment application online this year to ensure early processing, the reduction of errors and payments arriving on time to them. Last year, 102,000 applications out of...
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...
Michael Creed

ANC payments arrive for 12,000 Galway farmers

ANC or ‘headage’ monies are arriving this week to about 12,000 Co. Galway farmers this week – the payments normally coincide with the National Ploughing Championships and were announced on Tuesday morning by Agriculture...
Johnny Rabbitte, Athenry and Sean Gilligan, Colemanstown, at the Athenry Mart Show and Sale last week. photo: stan shields.

Department asks farmers to go online with tags

FARMERS have been strongly advised by the Dept. of Agriculture to consider availing of the Electronic Herd Register and to dispense with the requirement of using the ‘Blue Book’ for animal details. In a statement...


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