JJ Manton, Dartfield, Kilreekil, doing his fodder rounds on the tractor with his dog occupying the passenger seat on the tractor. PHOTOS: HANY MARZOUK.

Push to steer tractors away from test loop

THE commitment from the Dept. of Transport to re-enter into a full consultation process on ‘NCT type’ testing of tractors must exempt the agricultural sector from a ‘confusing, unnecessary and expensive’ layer of bureaucracy,...
Chairperson of the Monivea Fair, Martin O'Brien, presenting Martina Kearney from Headford with the Martin O'Brien Cup for winning the Champion Dog of the Show. Also in picture is Seamus Fallon from Tuam, who took the Reserve Champion accolade. Photo: Hany Marzouk.

Tuam sludge will be stored in shed on Kilconnell lands

SLUDGE from a treatment plant in Tuam will be transported 30 miles away where it can be treated and then spread across agricultural lands during the winter months – this is despite some concerns...
James, Frank, Darren and Seamus Coen with their Scorpion 500 land drainage machine. PHOTOS: HANY MARZOUK.

New drainage machine digs and fills – all in the one operation

IT’S the cheaper way of doing drainage without the need for pipes . . . and the one pass land drain machine is the invention of the Coen brothers from Mullagh – James and...
Prof. Gerry Boyle: Less hurrying.

Rushing and long days are high risk

WORKING long hours, rushing, and the age profile of farmers, are some of the contributory factors to the high rate of injuries and deaths on Irish farms, according to Teagasc Director, Prof. Gerry Boyle. He...
Two giant wind turbines, currently under construction, dominate the landscape at Gortbeg, Ballyglunin, in North Galway. The 'natural' generators of electricity, that will feed into the national grid, can be seen for miles around the Corofin and Ballyglunin area.

€7 per kg. is needed for Spring lambers

WESTERN sheep farmers are hoping that the combination of a late Easter and an early Ramadan, will help to boost early season lamb prices. According to IFA National Sheep Committee Chairman, John Lynskey, farmers would...
Children on farms: supervision is vital.

Farmyards are no playground for kids

BY ANTHONY O'CONNOR FARMS are a dangerous environment for children and the dangers will increase as the year progresses. Farmyards should be a ‘no-go’ area for children unless they are accompanied by an adult in...


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