No way through . . . A side-road near Loughrea was completely impassable on Saturday as the drifting snow accumulated beside the wall and ditches. PHOTO: HANY MARZOUK.

Warning on roof repairs

IN the aftermath of Storm Emma, the Health and Safety Authority (HAS) have advised farmers to be safety conscious  – and especially so if they are undertaking any repair work to sheds. They have asked...
Charlie Whiriskey: A late Spring in prospect.

Galway’s dairymen survived brunt of Emma

IT was a tough week for dairy farmers in Galway but they managed to survive Storm Emma without any milk having to be poured down the drain. Galway IFA Dairy Representative, Charlie Whiriskey, said that...
David Harney: Common sense has prevailed.

‘Common sense’ is the winner in saga of dirty lambs

THE ‘Peace Process’ appears to be working again in the ongoing war that has raged between sheep farmers, Dept. of Agriculture vets and the meat plants over the issue of dirty lambs/hoggets being presented...
Rose Mary McDonagh: New system is on the way.

From January 1 next, all payments to employees must be recorded online as they...

FARMERS who pay even small amounts of cash to employees on their farm (not contractors) will, from January 1, 2019, have to make online returns on those payments, if they want it to qualify...
Michael Fitzmaurice: Bureaucracy gone mad!

Learner drivers won’t have room for a qualified person beside them on older tractors

PROPOSED new laws in relation to learner drivers could end up crippling the agricultural contracting industry as well as ‘pulverising’ small farmers across the West of Ireland, a TD has warned this week. Roscommon-Galway Independent...
Anne Mitchell: RSS has been a huge success.

Low uptake on fodder transport scheme

COMPLETED application forms for the fodder transport subsidy are expected to start trickling through over the coming weeks as many farmers try to source silage locally, according to new IFA Chairperson Anne Mitchell. She told...


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