Joe Kelly, Monivea, pictured here competing in the European Ploughing Championships in Belgium, a few years back. His farm in Monivea, is set to host the county championships on Sunday next, March 12 starting at 12 noon.

County finals set to go-ahead in Monivea on Sunday

WEATHER permitting, the Galway Ploughing Championships are set to go ahead on Sunday in Monivea on the farm of well known vintage ploughman, Joe Kelly. While the recent wet spell of weather has made land...
One of the many top class Limousins on offer at the Athenry Mart Show Day on Tuesday.

Radical moves sought on GLAS

OVER 8,000 farmers are still awaiting GLAS and AEOS payments with the hold-up now set to drag on into the Summer unless drastic action is taken, according to farm leaders and public representatives. This week,...
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...
A blight on the countryside: Locals from Abbeyknockmoy went for a bog walk last Sunday to see the scale of the illegal dumping taking place at Abbey Bog. During the winter months, fly-tippers have scarred the landscape with sizeable offloads of litter.

Minister’s plan to nab dumpers

THE scourge of illegal dumping – as highlighted in recent editions of the Connacht Tribune – is now to be the subject of a new crackdown spearheaded by Environment Minister, Denis Naughten. The Minister said...
European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan was in Mountbellew last Friday to officially launch Mountbellew Agricultural College's Strategic Development Plan. Photo: David Walsh

Canada’s EU deal is worry for beef farmers

TWO independent West of Ireland public representatives have warned that the recent EU trade  deal with Canada – passed last week by the European Parliament – could have serious consequences for Irish beef and...
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...

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