Seamus Doyle's self propelled slurry tanker that injects the slurry directly into the ground, eliminating any nitrogen loss and also the pungent odour of the waste liquid. Photo: Hany Marzouk

End of the slurry pong?

IT probably will be the way of the future for all farmers . . . the direct injection of slurry into the soil, eliminating the possible loss of nitrogen to the atmosphere and also...
John Rabbitt and John Creaven from Ardrahan at the Teagasc Farm Walk on Michael Fahy’s farm in Caherduff, Ardrahan last week. PHOTO: HANY MARZOUK.

Collective agreement issue still not sorted

A ‘CLEAR the air’ statement last week by Agriculture Minister, Simon Coveney, on the hill/commonage crux is only ‘a step in the right direction’ and doesn’t tackle the core problem of the 50% collective...
Farmers protesting outside in the carpark of Lidl Ballinasloe. At least 100 farmers and 20 tractors turned up at the protest where all the trollies were chained up during the protest.

Farmers plan to beef up their protests at Lidl supermarkets

About 200 farmers and close on 50 tractors launched another of their blitz demonstrations at the Lidl supermarket in Ballinasloe last week in protest over the ongoing beef crisis. Trolleys and baskets were ‘taken out...
Little Alison Walsh, throws a very cautious eye on the champion Texel ewe being shown by her father Thomas, at the Oughterard Show last weekend. PHOTO: TOM BRODERICK.

Hill farmer picket at Enda’s office to continue

DISGRUNTLED western hill farmers have this week staged a picket at the Castlebar Office of Taoiseach Enda Kenny ‘for as long as it takes’ to bring about changes to the new CAP proposals that...
The AIB Cup for the Best Pen of 10 Ewe Lambs was won by Kevin Martyn, Athlone (second from left). Also pictured are, Sean O’Brien (3rd), Lisa Cooley, AIB and Padraig (2nd) and Daniel McGrath, Cahergal, Tuam. Photo: Johnny Ryan.

Farmers allowed to fence roadway

ENVIRONMENTALISTS who tried to prevent a fence from being erected by farmers on a Connemara commonage to prevent cattle from escaping onto an adjoining road, have failed in their appeal to An Bord Pleanála...
Margaret Greene, (judge) presents top prize in the Connemara Colt or Gelding Class (sponsored by Paddy Power Bookmakers) to Raymond Conneely, Clifden at Claremorris Agricultural Show. Photo: Michael Donnelly.

Farmers know dangers but don’t act

FARMERS have generally a high awareness level in relation to safety but have a ‘disconnect’ when it comes to taking action on the issue, according to a psychology expert at NUI Galway. One of the...


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