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New tyre recycling scheme could be high cost

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Michael Burke from Moycullen at Farming and Country Life 1916 at Teagasc Campus, Athenry.

FARMERS could be facing charges of up to €30 per tyre in recycling costs when they go to ‘re-fit’ their tractors, under the terms of a new recycling scheme proposed by the Dept. of the Environment.

Faced with illegal tyre mountains, the Dept. have moved to ‘beef up’ a voluntary scheme that had been first introduced in 2007 based on ‘voluntary compliance’.

Galway IFA Environment Chairman, Bertie Roche, said that the IFA along with the commercial sector were trying to ensure that any recycling charge would be reasonable – a maximum of €10 for commercial and tractor tyres.

He said that as things stood, consumers were paying a recycling charge when they bought tyres but from now on the new charges would be itemised on each bill.

“Like everyone else we don’t want any illegal disposal of tyres but in any scheme we want the recycling charge to be modest and reasonable,” said Bertie Roche.

He said that under the new proposals, ordinary motorists would be facing a recycling charge of €3 to €3.50 per tyre while farmers could be facing into a cost of about €100 if they changed the four tyres on their tractor.

A new entity called Repak ELT have been charged by the Dept. of the Environment with administering the new scheme – Repak estimate that there are 100 illegal tyre dumps across the Republic of Ireland.

According to Repak, the old scheme failed because even though tyre retailers paid collection agents to take the tyres away at a cost of around 80c per tyre, they still ended up in illegal dumps.

The new Producer Responsibility Initiative is due to start before the end of the year with Repak ELT having additional powers to search and prosecute while the penalties for illegal tyre dumps will be massively increased.

However, according to Bertie Roche, the onus needs to be on the new scheme to be fair and reasonably priced. “Farmers, like everyone else, want a scheme that’s environmentally friendly – we believe that the charge per agricultural tyre should not be any more than €10,” he said.

 

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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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