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Connacht Show to be the biggest rural event in the province

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At the launch of The Connacht Spring Show were, (l to r): Michael McDonagh, Kieran McDonagh(Sheep shearing commentator); Liam Dolan (Dolan Farm Supplies, Sheep Show Sponsor); Peter McDonagh (Organiser); Niamh Seoighe (Trade Show Organiser); John Farrell (Sheep Show Organiser).

THE annual Connacht Spring Show takes place on Sunday, May 15, at Ballinrobe Racecourse with a packed line-up of events from sheep shearing to a search for Cinderella.

One of the highlights of the shearing events will be the appearance of world record holder, Ivan Scott, who recently sheared a sheep in 37.9 seconds.

The event also hopes to set a new Irish record for the number of sheep being hand-sheared at the one time – the record currently stands at 154, but 200 is the target on Sunday week.

Three fashion shows will be staged on the day by the Catwalk Model Agency while there will be a contest to find ‘Connacht’s Cinderella’.

Another big attraction should be the Best of the West Food Emporium where there will be a ‘Ready-Steady Cook Off’ with chefs from Ashford Castle and Ashford Lodge facing up to each other.

The Connacht Spring Show – sponsored by JJ Burke Car Sales, Ballinrobe – will also have a whole host of other attractions including a sheep show, a chainsaw woodcarving display from Coillte and the High Nelly road show, featuring a series of vintage bikes.

A whole series of children’s attractions are also lined up while the Connacht Tug-o-War and the sixth annual provincial dog show, will also get a lot of attention.

Show organiser, Paddy Rock, said that the event would endeavour to cover all aspects of farming and rural life and should have something for everyone.

“It will bring everyone who is connected in any way with farming and rural Ireland to a one-stop-shop for farmers and their families at the wonderful venue that is Ballinrobe Racecourse,” said Paddy Rock.

The show will be officially opened by new IFA President, Joe Healy, who said that the event was a real boost to morale for the farming community and rural dwellers across the West of Ireland.

This year’s show will also focus strongly on the theme of farm safety with contributions from the Health and Safety Authority, the Farm Relief Service, the Road Safety Authority, IFA, Teagasc, the Gardaí, the Fire Service and the Order of Malta.

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Key moves on animal transport get the nod

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MEP Billy Kelleher: Key amendments passed.

LOCAL and national farm representatives have welcomed the adoption of amendments proposed by an Irish MEP in relation to the transportation of live animals across the EU.

The amendments proposed by Munster Fianna Fáil Munster MEP, Billy Kelleher, means less severe restrictions will apply in relation to calf and pregnant animal travel.

In 2020, the European Parliament set up an ANIT (Committee of Inquiry into Animal Transport) to investigate alleged violations of EU animal transport rules.

The Committee concluded that EU provisions in the area of animal transport were not always complied with in member states and did not fully take into account ‘the different needs of animals’.

Last week, MEPs voted by 557 to 55 (78 absentions) supporting new measures to address animal travel issues, including lack of headroom, water and food supplies, animals for travel being transported, and overcrowding.

However, a number of Irish MEPs led by Billy Kelleher proposed two amendments to the proposals, which were accepted in the overall vote in the European Parliament.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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HSA blitz on safety with animals

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Cows are at their most volatile and dangerous at calving time.

A TWO-WEEK farm inspection campaign by the HSA (Health and Safety Authority) aims to highlight the serious dangers posed by animals during the calving season which is due to get into full swing over the next fortnight.

According to the HSA, while there was a ‘significant decline’ in farm fatalities during 2021, there were still far too many deaths in agriculture over the past year.

Three people died as a result of accidents while working with cattle in 2021, while of the 196 people who died in farming incidents over the past decade, 38 of those were in the livestock sector.

The HSA has asked all farmers to ensure that the following five questions are answered to their satisfaction when working with livestock.

■ Is there a plan in place to minimise the risk of attack?

■ Has an adequate physical barrier been established between the farmer and the freshly calved cow when tagging, treating and handling calves?

■ Is there adequate lighting in the yard and farm buildings?

■ Do you need help? Are the extra resources trained and experienced?

■ Are facilities and procedures adequate for loading and unloading animals?

Galway IFA Dairy Committee Representative, Noel Murphy, told the Farming Tribune that farmers always needed to guard against complacency when dealing with dangers on the farm and especially so with machinery and animals.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Farm buildings can be used as business hubs in rural areas

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Cllr. Declan Geraghty (Ind)

RURAL farm buildings should be utilised for small business enterprises which would supplement the income of landowners as well as creating some local employment in the process.

This was the view of the vast majority of Galway councillors who passed a motion that buildings directly relating to farming be considered for other purposes that would be financially advantageous to the owners.

The matter came up for discussion at a meeting of the Galway County Development Plan when it was suggested that the farming community needed to be allowed develop small business opportunities.

A motion from Cllr. Declan Geraghty (Ind) – deviating slightly from Galway County Council policy – proposed that they be allowed carry out businesses such as the servicing and repair of machinery, land reclamation, drainage works, and agricultural contracting was carried.

The motion added that this be allowed where it is financially advantageous to locate in a given area and where it would not have an adverse impact on the environment.

The Williamstown councillor said that it could result in hundreds of small business enterprises being developed out of farm buildings.

“At the moment they cannot get planning permission for such enterprises given that they are located in a rural area,” he argued.

He was supported by Cllr. Pete Roche (FG) who went further by saying that even the establishment of pet farms or animal farms that could be opened up to the public were also options that could be considered.

“There are farm families at the moment who cannot earn a decent living out of agriculture alone and would relish the opportunity to diversify,” he added.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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