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Better vigilance and CCTV have reduced farm thefts of metal

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Greater vigilance by metal companies, including the recording of customers’ details, have reduced the number of thefts from farms across County Galway over recent months.

The theft of metal had become a major problem over the past year on farms across the county but the situation has eased somewhat in recent months.

Gardai have been in contact with companies that accept metal and have urged them to obtain more details from people who submit materials for sale. Some installed CCTV cameras to record the transactions that take place.

It has been confirmed by Gardai that there are less metal thefts from farms compared to earlier in the year and they say that this may be down to more vigilance and responsibility by the metal companies.

Farm gates, machinery, trailers and even buckets from diggers have been stolen from farmyards across County Galway since the price of metal escalated.

However, farmers have been warned that they should not be complacent when it comes to protecting their property.

Detective Sergeant Mick O’Driscoll has advised farmers to secure their property at all time and to use locks at night to prevent farm machinery or equipment from being stolen in the dead of night.

“Reports of metal thefts from farms have not been a prevalent of late but that is not to say that they are not happening. We know that the Gardai are not informed about some of the thefts that occur.

“The advice to farmers is to ensure that their farmyards are locked and so too are their sheds so as to make it as difficult as possible for the intruders”, Detective Sergeant O’Driscoll added.

Crimestoppers say that farms are particularly vulnerable to metal theft and farmers are urged to take practical steps to protect their property.

“This is important for two reasons. Firstly, and crucially, farm equipment is expensive and its theft can result in great inconvenience and expense to the farmer.

“Secondly, it is important that we come together as a community to try to reduce the incidence of metal theft.

 “There are a number of practical steps that farmers can take to protect their metal. Deterring thieves from entering your farm and from taking your property is the goal.

“Access gates to your property should be closed. Consider if signage would be appropriate and get specialist advice on the installation of a visible intruder alarm to provide internal protection for buildings”, they advise.

Farmers are advised to ensure any metal machinery or equipment is securely stored and protected by good quality locks, bolts and bars.

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Flexibility and budget worries over direction of new scheme

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Michael Biggins: Disappointed at scheme.

THE new ACRES (Agri Climate Rural Environment Scheme) due to be rolled out on January 1 next is ‘restrictive and complicated’ according to West of Ireland farming representative.

IFA Rural Development Chairman, Michael Biggins, said that the proposed scheme was ‘far from a new REPS’ and urgently needed to be modified in terms of flexibility and budget allocation.

“As it’s currently proposed, ACRES is restrictive and complicated.  It will inflict more compliance costs on farmers, resulting in less income.

“The scheme is designed to discourage people from farming. In order to achieve the average payment, farmers will have to commit more land to lower levels of production compared to previous schemes,” said Michael Biggins.

He added that all farmers who applied needed to be accepted into the scheme while those farmers applying in 2023 would have to be paid in the same year.

Details of the €1.5 billion ACRES scheme were outlined by the Dept. of Agriculture in June with two entry streams – a general or individual one: and a co-operation model for environmentally sensitive area including Connemara and parts of South Galway and Mayo.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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‘Smart villages’: the way forward

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Pictured at the recent opening of the ‘Smart Villages’ office in Mountbellew were: Anne Kinsella, Chairperson of Galway Rural Development; Senator Aisling Dolan; and Minister for Rural Development and Social Protection, Heather Humphreys.

A RECENTLY opened Galway Rural Development (GRD) office in Mountbellew could be the forerunner to similar ‘Smart Villages’ initiatives over the coming years, according to the organisers of the scheme.

The Smart Villages initiative is part of the European Network for Rural Development, aimed at improving services in country areas such as health, social, energy, transport and retail.

The Mountbellew office was officially opened by Minister for Rural/Community Affairs  Heather Humphreys, who said that the initiative marked an important step forward in terms of rural development.

CEO of Galway Rural Development, Steve Dolan, said that last year they had picked out Mountbellew as their pilot location for the Smart Villages project which would offer a lot of opportunities for rural communities mainly through the use of information and communications technology

“Smart Village training has been developed and delivered, up-skilling many in the community in local development, connectivity, sustainability, and more. The opening of this office in Mountbellew is as a result of our shared efforts,” said Steve Dolan.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Anger as factories continue to chop lamb price

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Stephen Canavan: No reason for price cuts.

THE meat plants have been accused of trying ‘to make a fast buck’ on the backs of sheep farmers with lamb prices now back by a euro per kilo, as compared to just over a month ago.

Farm leaders have said that the factories are trying ‘to tough it out’ before more finished lambs begin to come on the market over the next month or so.

Galway IFA Chairman,  Stephen Canavan, told the Farming Tribune that there was no good reason for the chain of factory price cuts over the past five weeks or so.

“All the information we are getting is that the supply of finished lambs is still quite limited but the factories have obviously taken a decision to cut now, before the number of finished lambs increase through the Autumn.

“It’s just another example of the meat plants trying to make a fast buck at the expense of the primary producer at a time when input costs for farmers have never been as high,” said Stephen Canavan.

Lamb prices are this week hovering at the €6.50 per kg mark – down from a high of over €7.50 per kg in late June, equating to a price drop for farmers of around €20 per lamb.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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