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Sunday setting should help to swell the crowds at Eyrecourt’s fourth annual show

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EYRECOURT are hosting their fourth agricultural show on Sunday week next, September 22 – it’s the first time the show has been held on a Sunday and it promises to be a great family fun day, bigger and better than previous years with lots of entertainment for all the family.

There are numerous classes for horses, cattle, sheep, baking, home produce and crafts with two excellent painting classes encouraging amateur painters. FBD have generously sponsored the kids essay competition with the very latest ipad as first prize.

Entry is free for this class and is open to all children 12 years and under. The title of the essay is ‘Farm Safety’ which is very topical at the moment with too many tragedies occurring within the farming communities around the country caused by machinery, livestock, slurry tanks and overhead lines etc.

There will be a fashion show courtesy of the fabulous Ladies Day Boutique in Portumna and also a Queen of the Show competition on the day with five lovely local young ladies who were chosen at the Eyrecourt vintage rally last June in the final

The show will also provide a showcase of local produce such as jam harvested from local berries and honey from the bees flying around us everyday.

The cattle section is like a scene from a celebrity wedding with grooming, washing and blow-drying. The horses arrive with their coats shining, manes plaited and hooves polished and are such a credit to their owners.

The show has an official website: eyrecourtagrishow.ie where classes can be viewed and entry forms downloaded. Brendan O’Toole from SOBAC, who is a generous show sponsor, will be there on the day with a new organic product – a bacterial humus creator and soil activator.

Liffey Mills and TLT International have supported the show since its inception and we are indebted to them. So far this year we have also received sponsorship from many local businesses.

Dog show young handler, junior cookery, photography, arts and crafts, best scarecrow and junior stock handler are some of the categories for the younger ones. The local Ladies Club, under the guidance of Margaret Bradley and Ann Gilligan, will host the tea tent. Admission is €10 with children free.

On Saturday night, September 21, on the main street in Eyrecourt, a tug-o-war competition will be held under the watchful eye of Michael Stapelton. This event is kindly sponsored by Mike and Essie Stapelton. Children have free entry and the adults’ entry fee is €10 – the show starts at 12 noon.

We wish our neighbouring Agricultural show Mountbellew every success on Saturday. The show can be contacted on: eyrecourtagrishow.ie or eyrecourtagrishow@gmail.com or Facebook; Eyrecourt Agricultural Show or Chris Nevin, 086-3752700.

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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.

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