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Vintage times in Mountbellew

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Tom Quigley, Jimmy Leahy and Jonathan Regan go back the years to cut the barley with the scythe in preparation for this Sunday's Mountbellew Vintage Festival. PHOTOs: DAVID WALSH.

THE roar of a 300 horsepower tractor along with the harvesting of a 10 acre field of barley are just some of the highlights of the 14th Mountbellew Vintage Festival that takes place on this Sunday, July 26 – the event traditionally attracts huge crowds from across the county.

It has become one of the largest vintage rallies in the county and the highlight will be a project embarked upon by the vintage committee with the sowing of a 10 acre field of barley to showcase – in a practical working way – various corn harvesting equipment.

The harvesting will start with methods that were used a century ago with the scythe, moving up to the reaper and binder.

Then it’s onto the thresher and the oldest tractor propelled active combine will be on display as will a modern new combine harvester that is capable of cutting 100 acres of corn a day.

Well known singer Jason Travers will, with others, provide top class musical entertainment ‘on the field’ throughout the day.

It is expected that there will be hundreds of vintage tractors, vintage cars and motorbikes and a host of other sideshows which will entertain the huge audience that is expected to attend.

According to Vintage Chairman, Michael Whelan, the success of the show is due to good traffic and parking organisation and outstanding value for all the family with no parking charges and no admission fees for children.

“We have a site extending to over 60 acres and each free car park is within a few minutes walk of the event itself,” he said.

This year the festival sees the return of the massive 300hp tractors, which will take part in the tractor pulling competition.

Those engines roar like jet planes as they pull a massive metal object down a dirt track behind them – it has been described as an exhilarating experience.

As has been the case for a number of years, the familiar array of steam engines returns to The Square in the town on Saturday evening for a free demonstration of old fashioned steam power from an era long gone.

The sight of these colourful fully restored monster machines blasting massive volumes of steam up to the summer night sky is a sight all children are never likely to forget.

There will be a free music session in The Square on Saturday night along with amusements for the children.

 

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Anger as factories continue to chop lamb price

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Stephen Canavan: No reason for price cuts.

THE meat plants have been accused of trying ‘to make a fast buck’ on the backs of sheep farmers with lamb prices now back by a euro per kilo, as compared to just over a month ago.

Farm leaders have said that the factories are trying ‘to tough it out’ before more finished lambs begin to come on the market over the next month or so.

Galway IFA Chairman,  Stephen Canavan, told the Farming Tribune that there was no good reason for the chain of factory price cuts over the past five weeks or so.

“All the information we are getting is that the supply of finished lambs is still quite limited but the factories have obviously taken a decision to cut now, before the number of finished lambs increase through the Autumn.

“It’s just another example of the meat plants trying to make a fast buck at the expense of the primary producer at a time when input costs for farmers have never been as high,” said Stephen Canavan.

Lamb prices are this week hovering at the €6.50 per kg mark – down from a high of over €7.50 per kg in late June, equating to a price drop for farmers of around €20 per lamb.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Extended dry spells and some heavy downpours were all part of the menu

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Brendan Geraghty

A WET end to June . . . a golden spell in mid-July . . . and a serious downpour on the first day of August, were the main talking points of our 2022 Summer season of weather so far.

While June was slightly wetter than average in many West of Ireland locations, July was quite a dry month with an exceptional spell of weather from July 2 to the 19th.

August though really began with a bang as weather stations across the West of Ireland recorded rainfall amounts of around an inch (25.4mms.) on Monday last, the Bank Holiday.

Rainfall in the Athenry Met Éireann station on Monday was 22.6mms which came on top of another downpour last Saturday when 18.6mms. of rain fell there.

However, that pales into insignificance as compared to the 47.5mms of rainfall recorded at the Newport Furnace weather station in Mayo on Monday – the wettest place in Ireland.

Newport also had a bad rain month in June with 148mms. of rainfall as compared to the 79.4mms. recorded in Athenry for our sixth month of the year.

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Farmers are willing to play their part on climate change strategy but they need support

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Jack Chambers TD, Government Chief Whip and Minister for Sport; John Finn, Galway IFA National Council Delegate; Minister of State and East Galway TD, Anne Rabbitte; Stephen Canavan, Galway IFA Chairman; and Cllr. Michael Connolly (FF) at their meeting in Caltra last Friday to discuss the issue of proposed reductions in emissions from agriculture.

FARM leaders in the west have hit out at campaigns in the national media and in some political circles to try and ‘demonise’ farmers in the debate on agricultural emission reductions.

According to western farm leaders, there was a real commitment by farmers across the country to play their part on the whole issue of climate change, but they had ‘to be supported and not castigated’.

A decision on the agriculture emissions reduction target for farmers between now and 2030 is expected to be taken at Cabinet this week with the crux of the issue now resting on the percentage cut – a range of between 22% and 30%.

While almost every TD and Senator across the country had been lobbied on the issue by the IFA and other farming organisations, it now seems likely that the ‘cuts percentage’ will now be a Cabinet decision.

Last Friday, Galway IFA Chairman, Stephen Canavan and IFA National Council Rep. John Finn met with Government Chief Whip, Jack Chambers (a Galway native) and Minister of State Anne Rabbitte in Caltra to discuss the proposed emissions cuts.

“I would have to say that we did get a fair hearing from Minister of State Anne Rabbitte and Chief Whip, Jack Chambers – they do understand where we’re coming from, and they do accept our willingness to play our part in the whole climate change agenda.

“But this is an agricultural agenda being driven by Minister Eamon Ryan and the Green Party and we need our rural TDs and Senators to take a stand on this issue.

“It also seems to me that the national media are hell bent on driving a rural-urban divide agenda in trying to demonise farmers who are more than willing to play their part in reducing emissions,” Stephen Canavan told the Farming Tribune.

He said that all ‘the good stuff’ farmers were doing in relation to emissions reductions such as low emission slurry spreading (LESS), the planting of trees and hedgerows, their role in wetlands, the use of protected urea, as well as the introduction of additives in feed and slurry, were not being factored into the whole equation.

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