Weather Forecast

October 15, 2018
Weather Forecast

Follow this LINK for Farming Weather Analysis and Forecast Today Dry and sunny for the rest of today. Maximum temperatures 12 to 14 degrees Celsius, in mostly light variable breezes. Tonight Tonight will remain dry in most areas with clear spells. Cloud will gradually increase from the Atlantic, bringing outbreaks of rain and drizzle to…

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HSA Forestry Safety Seminar

October 11, 2018
HSA Forestry Safety Seminar

Representing PAC Ireland, Tom Murphy attended the HSA Forestry Safety Seminar on 11th October, 2018 at Teagasc, Mellows Campus, Athenry Co. Galway.  Speaking after the event Tom complimented the organisers on an informative, interesting and diverse panel of speakers. Chaired by Pat Griffin, Senior Inspector with the HSA, the meeting started with a presentation from Gillian…

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IOSH Rural Industries – PAC Ireland

October 10, 2018
IOSH Rural Industries – PAC Ireland

Tom Murphy (PAC Ireland) was invited to lead discussions on how agricultural contractors can influence safety in agriculture at a recent IOSH event held at the Teagasc offices in Portlaoise.  After a presentation lively debate took place with participants gaining a greater insight into the role agricultural contractors play in the agricultural sector both currently…

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All island farm safety campaign under way

October 3, 2018
All island farm safety campaign under way

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) begin a fortnight long intensive farm inspection campaign on Monday 1st October with a focus on working safely at height.  Inspectors across the island will visit farms and ensure that farmers are carrying out work at height safely. They…

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Paddy Browne Appointed as new Chair of IASIS

October 3, 2018
Paddy Browne Appointed as new Chair of IASIS

PAC Ireland welcomes the appointment of Mr. Paddy Browne as new Chairman of the Irish Agricultural Supply Industry Standards (IASIS).  Until his retirement earlier this year Paddy was the Head of Crops, Environment and Land Use Programmes with Teagasc.  He succeeds the late Dr. Mark Lynch. Commenting on the appointment, Mr John Keogh, Director of…

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Agricultural Land Drainage Theory & Design

July 19, 2018
Agricultural Land Drainage Theory & Design

PAC Ireland Chairman Michael Sheehan welcomes this Teagasc ConnectEd course, which is a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate, as a great opportunity for agricultural contractors to broaden the range of services they provide or indeed to upskill.  This course will equip contractors with the knowledge, skill and competence to advise farmers on agricultural land drainage…

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Farm Safety Week 16-20 July

July 16, 2018
Farm Safety Week 16-20 July

UK and Ireland Farm Safety Week takes place from the 16th to 20th July 2018 and here in Ireland the initiative is led by the IFA. This year the approach is different, the campaign will celebrate when things go right, share good practice and demonstrate what ‘good’ looks like in relation to working practices on…

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Quad Bike Update

June 16, 2018
Quad Bike Update

As a Fianna Fail Bill seeks to introduce measures to increase safety around the use of quad bikes, including roll bars and the use of protective head gear, Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed says that the use of anti roll-bars on quads may actually increase the risk of injury to farmers.  Current regulations relating to quad…

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Thieves Strike Mayo Farm Machinery Store

June 12, 2018
Thieves Strike Mayo Farm Machinery Store

Early on Saturday morning 9th June, thieves struck at the well-known Keanes Farm Machinery store in Balla, Co Mayo, making away with stock valued at around €3,000. CCTV captured four people wearing balaclavas. One person stood look out at the gate, whilst  the other three broke the front window of the shop.  Although no machinery…

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Safety Warning – Power Lines

June 1, 2018
Safety Warning – Power Lines

Electricity plays a vital role in modern agriculture.  The use of large machinery on farms increases the risk of contact with overhead lines.  People operating large machinery should be made aware of the risks involved when working near overhead power lines and warned to take extreme care whilst working at work.  Summer is the busiest…

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