Nathan, Olivia and Felim Cotton; Ervillagh, Ahascragh, at the County Galway Ploughing Championship in Shaboley earlier this month. Photo: Gerry Stronge.

Straw bedded shed put forward as an alternative to slats in Cleggan appeal

THERE is strong opposition to the granting of planning permission to a slatted shed in West Connemara – it is suggested that a straw bedded shed would be more appropriate. Fears have been expressed that...
Orla Murphy (centre) from Ballinderreen, who won the Queen of the Land Macra title, at the Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore, earlier this month, pictured with runners-up Margaret Stanley, North Tipperary and Mairéad Madden, Offaly.

Farm heirs could face six figure tax orders

FARMERS and their representatives need to ‘keep their eye on the ball’ as regards the change in the 2015 Budget requiring heirs to land to spend more than 50% of their time operating the...
No way through . . . A side-road near Loughrea was completely impassable on Saturday as the drifting snow accumulated beside the wall and ditches. PHOTO: HANY MARZOUK.

Warning on roof repairs

IN the aftermath of Storm Emma, the Health and Safety Authority (HAS) have advised farmers to be safety conscious  – and especially so if they are undertaking any repair work to sheds. They have asked...
Jimmy McClearn: anomaly.

Capital Gains ‘catch’ on sale of conacre land

FARMERS – many of them in the elderly category – who decide to sell land they had previously rented on a conacre basis, may now be liable for Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on the...
Michael Creed

Big drop in BVD cases this year

THERE has been a major reduction between 2013 and this year in the incidence of persistently infected (PI) calves under the National Bovine Viral Disease Eradication Programme, the Dept. of Agriculture have confirmed. Minister for...
More local flood relief schemes to get the green light.

More flood relief to get go ahead

THE criteria for carrying out essential drainage works on farmland in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon has become more favourable which means that several minor works schemes could be carried out before the end of...


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