Sprayer Re-Testing

April 20, 2022
Sprayer Re-Testing

PAC Ireland reminds agricultural contractors and farmers that one of the key components of the Sustainable Use Directive requires that all boom sprayers and orchard/blast sprayers are tested and certified in order to ensure they meet the required standard or are decommissioned. Sprayers tested and certified before the end of 2016 should already have completed…

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Fine Tuning Irish Dairy

March 14, 2022
Fine Tuning Irish Dairy

24th March, 2022 – For more information and to register follow this LINK12pm-6pm at the Limerick Strand Hotel. General Admission to the Conference is free. Fine-Tuning Irish Dairy Conference returns for its fourth year, this March 24th in the Limerick Strand Hotel. The theme of this year’s conference is Climate Action, with speakers covering topics…

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Teagasc Hedgerow Week Launched

December 3, 2021
Teagasc Hedgerow Week Launched

Understanding hedges better is the theme for the Teagasc Hedgerow Week 2021 which takes place from 3 – 10 December. Pippa Hackett, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, stressed the importance of Ireland’s network of hedges at the launch of an exciting programme of online events. Minister Hackett said;…

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Stop the Spread of Grass Weeds

July 2, 2021
Stop the Spread of Grass Weeds

Grass weeds are becoming increasingly problematic on Irish Farms and we need to do everything possible in order to stop their spread. This can be challenging, but agricultural contractors can be instrumental in curtailing the spread. The key is to avoid carrying seeds from farm to farm by cleaning machinery before leaving each farm. Dermot…

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Working Safely with Bales

June 14, 2021
Working Safely with Bales

Baled silage is now made on over two thirds of Irish farms. Too many people have been killed and injured when handling, storing and transporting bales. Agricultural Contractors and farmers must remember the risks involved in dealing with all types of bales and the information leaflet produced by the Health and Safety Authority “Working Safely…

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Dicing with Death

May 29, 2020
Dicing with Death

TikTok clips showing young tractor drivers engaging in reckless and highly dangerous behaviour involving agricultural machinery is totally unacceptable.  These people should be dealt with in the most severe way possible, says Tom Murphy, Director of Professional Agricultural Contractors of Ireland.  Employers who are aware that it is their drivers and vehicles in these videos…

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COVID-19

March 16, 2020
COVID-19

PAC Ireland is in communication with the Department of Agriculture pressing them to include agricultural contractors who have to self-isolate or who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the social welfare support package. PAC Ireland have also contacted the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection in this regard. It has been confirmed that this…

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Fine-Tuning Irish Dairy

April 7, 2019
Fine-Tuning Irish Dairy

Irish Farmers Monthly hosted a dairy conference for some of Ireland’s top dairy farmers on Wednesday, 3rd April. Entitled ‘Fine-tuning Irish Dairy: Family, Finances and Farm Management’, the conference took place at the Limerick Strand Hotel. Damien O’Reilly (RTE) facilitated the event, which was sponsored by AXA Ireland and MSD Animal Health. More than 150…

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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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