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Farmers asked to reduce risks of eye injuries

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Good safety goggles can prevent 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 Irish College of Ophthalmologists (ICO), has asked farmers to be aware at all times of the risk posed to their eyes during certain activities – serious problems can be avoided by just taking a few simple precautions.

They point out that while human eyes are tough and have a certain degree of natural protection, this is still no match for chemicals or when eyes are exposed to dangerous particles.

“Eye protection is needed in many daily farm activities. Farmers often wear eye protection for certain tasks, yet many needless eye injuries still occur which could have been prevented by wearing protective eye wear,” the ICO have said this week.

The eye doctors of Ireland (ICO) recommend the following eye protection measures to help famers greatly reduce the risk of eye injuries:

■ Protective eyewear should include side protection unless there is no possible chance of injury from side impact, splashes or sparks.

■ Always put on protective eyewear before entering an area where hazards may be present.

■ Eye protection must fit properly and comfortably, including when worn over prescription eyeglasses.

■ Protective eyewear should be regularly checked for damage and replaced if there is any defect.

They also advise farmers to acquaint themselves with the hazards that could confront them such as field jobs involving dust, grinding, drilling, sawing, welding, the repair of farm machinery, spray painting and the use of agricultural chemicals.

ICO also advise that safety glasses with lenses and frames – meeting industrial safety lens standards – offer the greatest protection. Close-fitting safety glasses with brow-guards and side shields offer better protection than plain spectacles.

“Goggles fit snugly around the eyes, providing protection from all angles. If you wear prescription glasses, most goggles will fit around them. Goggles are usually ventilated and can be treated with an anti-fog solution.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Anger over ANC ‘snip’

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Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue

ANGRY farmers hit out during last week’s Galway IFA at the Dept. of Agriculture over what they described as their ‘heavy handed tactics’ in docking BEAM penalties from ANC payments made last week.

Although Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue, has apologised for the actions taken by his Department officials, delegates who attended last Thursday’s night county IFA meeting in the Claregalway Hotel, hit out at what happened.

In some cases, according to Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, farmers who had already paid back the BEAM penalty also had the money deducted from their ANC (Areas of Natural Constraint) payments made last week.

Many farmers received ‘a shock in the post’ when their ANC payments were hit with the deductions of penalties from the BEAM scheme – earlier they had been warned of interest penalties if any balances weren’t repaid within 30 days.

At the core of the problem was the inclusion of a 5% stock numbers reduction in the BEAM scheme (Beef Exceptional Aid Measure) aimed at helping to compensate farmers for a drop-off in beef prices between September, 2018 and May, 2019.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Green Ribbon walk in Coole

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Galway farmers who took part in the IFA’s Green Ribbon walk

AT long last, it was back to the great outdoors on Sunday last for a party of Galway farmers (pictured) who took part in the IFA’s Green Ribbon walk at Coole Park, Gort.

It was all part of the IFA’s national day out at different venues across the country to promote the concepts of good mental health and people taking care of each other.

With the easing of Covid restrictions, IFA is encouraging families and individuals to get ‘out and about’ as a way of helping to relieving the stresses of daily life.

Close on 40 people took part in the walk through the beautiful grounds of Coole Park and it is hoped to have many more on what should be an unrestricted event next year.

Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, said that the walk to promote awareness of mental health issues, represented a return to some form of normality as Ireland gradually came out of the pandemic.

“It was a lovely event to promote mental health and wellbeing among all ages. Already we are looking forward to next year’s walk when we hope to have a lot more people taking part,” said Anne Mitchell.

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Bord Bia say demand is ‘on the up’ for quality assured lambs

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Market growing for quality assured Irish lamb.

WHILE 95% of Irish beef is quality assured (QA) at the point of slaughter, the comparable figure for Irish lamb is only 60%, according to the latest Farmer Newsletter from the Bord Bia Quality Assured body.

It pointed out that while QA status on Irish lamb has been important on the domestic market for some time, there has recently been growing interest from key EU customers in securing quality assured Irish lamb.

“Purchasers of Irish lamb products are increasingly looking for proof that meat is produced sustainably on farms that are certified members of an accredited quality assurance scheme.

“Such a quality assurance scheme is to be based on sustainability principles incorporating environmental, social and economic aspects,” the newsletter states.

It also stated the importance of presenting lambs for slaughter that meet customer specifications as regards weight limits and fat cover.

The current specification from the major processors is generally for R grading lambs or better with a fat score of 3 and a carcase weight of 21kg, according to Bord Bia.

They state that upper carcase weight limits can vary across the year from 20kg-23kg, with ‘no economic sense’ in keeping lambs to heavier carcase weights if they can be finished sooner.

“Killing a lamb with adequate fat cover is also essential to meet customer requirements, and in recent weeks, some reports have indicated an increase in the number of under-finished lambs being presented for slaughter due to deadweight prices coming under pressure.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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