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Unscrupulous dealers sell bogus farm tools at agricultural shows

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The farming community in Galway have been urged to be on the look-out for scams involving the sale of equipment which is “too good to be true”.

It has come to the attention of Gardaí that scam artists are frequenting marts and agricultural shows in Galway selling dodgy equipment like power tools and generators.

And it has been revealed that these pieces of equipment often contain popular brand names but, on closer examination, these are stickers that have just been attached to the items.

The Gardaí have asked farmers in Galway to report suspicious dealers who might be trying to trade stolen items.

But a senior source told Farming Tribune that a lot of what is being offered for sale are power tools that have been imported from Asia which ‘pack up’ after a few weeks.

Farmers have been advised to only purchase items from reputable suppliers who provide bona fide guarantees on the items that they are selling.

“It has come to our attention that there are people attending marts and agricultural shows in Galway who are selling, or trying to sell, equipment which is dodgy to say the least.

“If it seems too good to be true, then it normally is”, a Garda source added. “There are a lot of people selling equipment that will not work for more than a few weeks and farmers need to be aware of this”.

It seems that illegal operators are producing farm equipment at a number of local shows, displaying some popular brand names that do not relate to items on display.

Many who have purchased such equipment at knock down prices have not reported the matter to the Gardaí because of embarrassment over the fact that they have been duped.

But the Gardaí have urged the public attending marts and agriculture shows in County Galway to contact them about sellers of tools and equipment that are not what they seem.

It has been learned that power tools and generators with some popular brand names have been purchased at marts and shows and have ended up in the scrapheap within weeks of them having been bought.

Farmers have also been warned about a scam artist who is going around pretending to be a ‘bona fide’ seller of farm equipment.

It’s understood this man has already stolen up to €100,000 from unsuspecting farmers in other parts of the country.

He operates by approaching farmers offering to sell machinery or materials at a good price, but eventually leaves the farmer out of pocket.

It’s believed the fraudster is now operating at shows in the Galway and Mayo areas.

 

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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.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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