Thirteen-year-old, Laura Higginsfrom Oughterard, a winner at the Loughrea Show on her dashing Connemara pony.

Galway farmers angry at ‘sneaky’ deferral of GLAS

AGRICULTURE Minister, Simon Coveney, has been accused by farmers of ‘a sneaky move’ to save money for the Government with his proposal not to start the new GLAS environmental scheme until September, 2015. With the...
Brendan Joyce . . . Commonage farmers have been let down.

Hill farmers accuse IFA of ‘a sell out’

THIRTEEN prominent IFA representatives along the western seaboard have accused their organisation at national level of having ‘sold out’ hill and commonage farmers by agreeing to Dept. of Agriculture proposals for the new GLAS...
Bronagh Gilmore, Ardrahan with her terrier Roly at the Ardrahan Agricultural Show. PHOTO: PAUL FENNELL.

Cattle trade is on the up

THE corner may have been turned in relation to cattle prices, according to a number of mart and farming representatives this week who said that there were encouraging signs for the critical ‘backend’ sales...
Daniel McAlinden, Loughrea, on Knock Ash, takes a tight line taking part in the Hygeia Connacht Development League at the 2014 Loughrea Agricultural Show. PHOTO: HANY MARZOUK.

Big multiples to hold sway in new laws

PRIMARY food producers will still remain vulnerable to the whims of the supermarket multiples even in the wake of the proposed new retail legislation, a Galway farm leader claimed this week. Co. Galway IFA Chairman, Pat...
Good safety goggles can prevent eye injuries.

Farmers asked to reduce risks of eye injuries

FARMERS have been warned this week to take care of their eyes and to wear goggles when carrying out any activity that could involve either a particle or chemical threat to their facial area. The...
Joe Healy . . . to chair new commonage committee.

Healy to be chair of new commonage committee

THE new Commonage Implementation Committee under the chairmanship of Athenry’s Joe Healy has been welcomed by Galway Hill and Commonage farm representatives. Last week, the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, confirmed the appointment of Joe...

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