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Better vigilance and CCTV have reduced farm thefts of metal

Declan Tierney

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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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New design aims to take the backache from those last scoops in feed bin

Francis Farragher

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Michael and Brenda Egan with their new ‘Tipsy Bin’ – designed to make life easier ‘on the back’ for farmers.

IT can be the bane of many farmers’ lives in their yard as they try to extract the last buckets of meal from their bin leading to one big stretch and at times a stretched back too.

Now, a Glenamaddy entrepreneur is fully confident that he has ‘cracked the problem’ after designing a meal bin that neatly leans over on a bevel to take the ache out of that final clean out.

A couple of years back while out on his brother’s farm, Michael Egan, noticed how awkward it was ‘to get to the bottom of the bin’ and in one of those Eureka moments he thought that there just ‘had to be a better way’.

An Operations Manager for Kingspan and Rom Plastics before that, Michael set about designing the new bin which also incorporates a flat base and a clever water draining hole to facilitate an easy wash out.

Along with his wife Brenda, they have set up a company called Megafab who are now distributing their new Tipsy Bin to locations around the country but mostly in direct sales to farmers.

“We are aiming to sell directly to farmers and feel that the bin at €299 (including VAT) is quite keenly price with a  small delivery charge, depending on location.

“Initially we had hoped to launch the product in March but then the COVID situation happened so we put it off until October and I’m delighted to say that we’re flying it so far. The bin is very practical and user-friendly,” Michael Egan told the Farming Tribune.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Organic farmers in West get €1.3m

Francis Farragher

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Pippa Hackett: More money on the way for organic farming.

CLOSE on 70 organic farmers in Galway will be receiving average payments of almost €4,700 under the Organic Farming Scheme (OFS), the Dept. of Agriculture have confirmed.

Minister of State at the Dept. of Agriculture, Senator Pippa Hackett, confirmed the start of €5.5m worth of OFS payments to 1,200 farmers across the country from Wednesday last.

She said that the advance payments were being made two weeks ahead of schedule, with the success of the scheme being reflected in a 50% increase in organic farming acreage since 2014.

Currently, there are 68 Galway farmers in the OFS scheme who between them will be getting payments of €319,041 this week, an average of €4,691 per participant.

Between the five Connacht counties and Clare, there are now 366 farmers participating in the OFS scheme bringing in total advance payments of just over €1.3m, an average of  €3,500 per participant.

Roscommon has the biggest number of organic farmers in the West with a total figure of 141 participants followed by Galway on 68, Clare and Leitrim 51 each, with Mayo and Sligo having 56 organic farmers split evenly between them.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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New faces on IFA commodities committee

Francis Farragher

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A NUMBER of new faces will be elected onto the Galway IFA Commodities Committee in a postal vote that will begin next week and be completed by early December.

The most keenly contested position looks like being that of Rural Development representative with three candidates going for the job.

Eamonn Burke, Corrandulla branch, was the outgoing representative, but his term of office ends this month, opening the way for three new nominations.

They are: PJ Conroy, Looscaun, Woodford; Pat Flaherty, Oranmore and Peter Gohery of the Eyrecourt branch.

Rural Development is considered one of the more important positions in that it will be ‘fighting the case’ for the bigger spending areas such as REPS, GLAS and any new environmental scheme.

The other contest is for the position of Grain Representative which had been held by John Daly of Kilconnell, whose term of office is also up.

There are two nomination for this position – Eamonn Burke of Corrandulla and Mervyn Cooke of the Aughrim IFA branch.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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