Arrabawn Co-op suppliers from Galway who were presented with their CellCheck national awards for milk quality at the County Arms in Birr recently were (back): Maureen O’Meara, Branch Manager, FDB Insurance; Patrick Guinan, Rathcabbin; John Kelly, Kilconnell; Joseph Gohery, Eyrecourt; Aidan Treacy, Eyrecourt; Gerard Forde, Corrandulla; Finola Mc Coy, CellCheck Programme Manager. Front: Thomas Mahon, Kinvara; Michael Cunniffe, Killimor; Thomas Murphy, Kiltormer; Joe Hayes, Kiltormer; John Fox, Oranmore; Michael Walsh, Dunmore.

Galway dairymen receive quality awards

A group of Galway dairymen have been presented with awards for the quality of milk they produce. Improving technical efficiencies can bring around a transformative change of up to 500% in profitability on dairy farms post quota,...
Sheep grazing at Lough Innagh Valley in Connemara. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Brucellosis testing will finish from next Spring

AN end to brucellosis testing after 40 years is now on the cards following the application by Northern Ireland to have the Six Counties declared ‘brucellosis free’. Galway IFA Livestock Committee Chairman, Michael Flynn, told...
Paddy Killilea from Aughrim waiting for the buyers at the Ballinasloe Horse Fair. PHOTO: HANY MARZOUK.

Good Budget but a worry over GLAS ‘slow start’

FARM leaders in Galway have given a guarded welcome to Budget 2015, but concerns have been expressed that no GLAS money will come on stream next year. Co. Galway IFA Chairman, Pat Murphy, told the...
Slieve Aughty commonage crux resolved.

DAS payments cleared for Aughty commonage

CLOSE on 50 commonage farmers in the Slieve Aughty area of South Galway have had their Disadvantaged Areas Scheme - DAS - payment cleared last week, following a wrangle over eligible areas that had...
Gerry Connors from Dangan, Offaly, keeps an eye on the ponies during the Ballinasloe Horse Fair. Picture: Hany Marzouk

Superlevy warning to Galway’s dairymen

DAIRY farmers in Galway have been asked this week to carry out a ‘root and branch’ review of their milk production levels as predictions harden about a serious superlevy bill landing at their doors...
John Mannion, Killasolan, Caltra, showing his foal on the Fairgreen in Ballinasloe on Saturday. PHOTO: GERRY STRONGE.

Teagasc embargo needs to be lifted

GALWAY farmers need all of the advice available to them as a need to recruit further Teagasc staff is highlighted – there has been a moratorium on the recruitment of Teagasc and Office of...

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