Merchants and co-ops asked to be patient as fodder crisis worsens

BY FRANCIS FARRAGHER MERCHANTS, co-ops and financial institutions have been asked to show ‘patience and flexibility’ to farmers enduring their longest and ‘hungriest’ winters for decades with grass growth having completely stalled over the...

Expansion of post office services can deliver rural lifeline

BY FRANCIS FARRAGHER THE rural post office network should be used to provide a wide range of services such as banking, car tax and bill paying, according to a prominent Connacht farm leader. ...

Farm leaders hope that dog ‘chips’ will end sheep carnage

BY FRANCIS FARRAGHER THE decision by Agriculture Minister, Simon Coveney, to microchip all dogs has been warmly welcomed by farm representatives this week who have lobbied for years, to have such a traceability system...

Stay safe and talk if you’re feeling ‘down’ farmers are advised

BY FRANCIS FARRAGHER FARMERS across the West of Ireland have this week been asked to put safety, mental health, and proper insurance cover against injuries, at the top of their priority list over the...

A face to melt your heart away and to sell butter to families...

THIS is the face of eight-year-old Cathal Joyce from Galway city – the schoolboy who will be fronting a series of TV ads for Connacht Gold’s low fat butter across a range of TV...

Dairy farmers will take year to make up for lost ground

BY FRANCIS FARRAGHER DAIRY farmers in Galway probably won’t ‘catch up’ as regards grass, silage and finance until well into next year, following one of the worst Winter/Spring periods in living memory, it was...


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