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‘Tiger’s death’ has led to resurgence in CAO third level applications

Francis Farragher

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THE days of agriculture and food being unfashionable as a career – a trend that peaked during the height of the Celtic Tiger era from 2005 through to 2007 – are well and truly over, with CAO applications for ag. courses again rising steeply this year.

Since the last year of the Tiger’s reign – 2007 – CAO applications for agri. course have risen by approximately 150% as students look far more favourably on careers in the food and ag. related industries.

This year, a total of 1,533 students applied ‘first choice’ for third level ag. courses at Levels 6, 7 and 8 – certificate, diploma and degree – up 10% on the corresponding figure for 2013.

Back in 2007, that figure had dropped to as low as 604, in 2006 it was 650 and in 2005 it was 627. Points levels for third level agri. courses in the 2014/2015 academic year are now likely to increase as well – last year, the points requirement for the main Ag. Science degree course at UCD stood at 455.

Just over 73,000 students have this year submitted applications for all third level CAO courses in 2014/2015 – total applications for ag. courses that include ‘down the preference’ choices stand at 5,163.

Teagasc Galway/Clare Regional Manager, Brendan Heneghan, told the Farming Tribune, that over the past six to seven year there had been a rebalancing in terms of education and job opportunities in Ireland.

“One of the things that we really do well in Ireland is in the production of top quality food. There really is a whole range of opportunities in this sector, providing highly skilled and well paid jobs.

“Once the economic and construction bubble burst, a lot of people had to go back to basics. Agriculture and food has always been one of the mainstays of the Irish economy and overall this will continue to be one of the really solid building blocks of the economy,” said Brendan Heneghan.

He also pointed out that for example the third level agri-food course developed by Mountbellew Agricultural College and GMIT had been one of the great success stories in agri-education in the west over recent years.

“Tom Burke in Mountbellew Agricultural College did great work in the establishment and development of this course and it has proven itself to be a really good career base for young people interested in the agri-food sector,” said Brendan Heneghan.

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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Dosing changes will need watching

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Galway IFA Animal Health Committee Chairman, Stephen Canavan

THE Minister for Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue, has been advised to ‘keep his eye on the ball’ in relation to EU regulations coming down the track for the sourcing of livestock dosing treatments.

According to the IFA, new EU regulations due to come into force in 2022, would require farmers to get a prescription for a range of products including anthelmintics, used for the treatment of fluke and worms in cattle and sheep.

IFA Animal Health Chairman, Pat Farrell, said the new EU Veterinary Medicine Regulation had the potential to severely impact on competition in the supply of anthelmintics to farmers.

He also warned that because of a derogation in place in Northern Ireland as regards anthelmintics, the EU regulations would mean a two-tier supply system on the island of Ireland, leading to unregulated movement of products.

Galway IFA Animal Health Committee Chairman, Stephen Canavan, told the Farming Tribune, that the IFA wanted a continuation of the system where the stores and co-ops would have a suitable qualified person (SQP) to deal with the selling of such products.

“This regulation, if implemented in 2022, would have serious implications for farmers in carrying out their day-to-day farm work where for example they have dosing programmes in places for their livestock. We most certainly want the Minister for Agriculture and the Department to keep their eye on the ball on this issue.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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New TB test will not be a ‘runner’ say IFA

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Galway IFA Animal Health Committee Chairman, Stephen Canavan

THE Dept. of Agriculture have been accused of doing ‘yet another solo-run’ on bovine TB with their proposal to introduce a 30-day test for pre-sale movements at marts and from farm to farm.

Galway IFA Animal Health Committee Chairman, Stephen Canavan, told the Farming Tribune, said that news of the proposed new testing regime as revealed in last week’s Farmers Journal, came as ‘a bolt from the blue’.

“I suppose in one way we shouldn’t be surprised – the Department just keep coming up with these kinds of proposals without any agreement or input from farmers.

“We in IFA want to make it clear to the Department that this will be another non-runner. They went on one solo-run with the herd categorisation and now they’ve gone ahead with their next piece of tomfoolery,” said Stephen Canavan.

He said that there was absolutely no scientific proof or evidence that introducing this extra 30-day pre-movement test would in any way be a help in the campaign to reduce the incidence of TB in Irish herds.

“Either a farmer is clear or he’s not clear in terms of TB testing – there can be no in-between on this one.

“It is utterly ridiculous that a farmer after having two clear tests would end up a couple of months later having another test before he could sell stock at the mart or to another farmer.

“Who would pay for this test? Is this really just another way of taking more money from farmers whose herds have already had a clear test. It makes no sense at all,” said Stephen Canavan.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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