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Plea to keep dogs under full control

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A FARM leader has again pleaded with dog owners around the county to ensure that their pets are kept under control, with the peak lambing season just around the corner.

Over recent weeks there have been reports of dogs worrying sheep in the Ballinasloe and Loughrea areas – heavily pregnant ewes are particularly at risk to attacks from packs of dogs.

Galway IFA Chairman, Michael Flynn, told the Farming Tribune that dog owners needed to keep their pets under control at all times, as some of the deaths and injuries caused to sheep in the county over recent times were ‘horrific’.

“We are approaching a period of the year that’s absolutely critical for flock owners with lambing time just around the corner. Packs of dogs can cause major financial losses to those farmers, on top of the serious animal welfare issues that arise,” said Michael Flynn.

He said that the problems seemed to be more acute on the fringes of towns such as Ballinasloe and Loughrea while there was also a problem with people ‘dumping’ live dogs out the country.

“We are getting reports of instances where people have been seen letting dogs out of cars in rural areas. That really is irresponsible – there are agencies available to deal with the problem of unwanted dogs and people should get in touch with these,” said Michael Flynn.

He added that ewes close to lambing were unable to stay clear of marauding dogs with the consequences ‘quite horrific’ for the unfortunate sheep.

“The message we want to get out there is for people to be responsible with their pets. If they have to dispose of them it should be done in a humane manner after consultation with a vet or the ISPCA,” said Michael Flynn.

Galway Co. Council have also reminded dog owners of their obligations under The Control of Dogs Act, namely that their pets must be kept under effective control in a public place. They also point out that there have been a number of serious incidents of attacks on sheep flocks in recent years.

“Dog-owners are reminded to ensure that their dogs are kept under effective control at all times. Dogs which are involved in sheep worrying may be shot by the flock-owner or may be seized and put down by the dog warden. The dog-owner is liable for damages in cases where sheep are killed or injured,” the Council state. The County Council Dog Warden, P. J. Tierney, can be contacted on: 087-6431883.

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

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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

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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

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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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