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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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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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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E10 Bn for Innovation in Agriculture

May 4, 2018
E10 Bn for Innovation in Agriculture

Arriving straight from negotiations at the European Commission, a delighted Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, announced to delegates that Ten Billion Euro had been agreed under Horizon Europe, to support research and innovation in food, agriculture, rural development and the bio-economy.  Tom Murphy, for PAC Ireland, attended this event by invitation, and as usual…

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Safeguarding the Future of Farming

April 26, 2018
Safeguarding the Future of Farming

Attending the recent Safeguarding the Future of Farming Conference Tom Murphy for PAC Ireland remarked that this HSA conference was a breath of fresh air.  Moderated by Damien O’Reilly it was an interactive event with plenty of audience participation and practical safety demonstrations. Opening the event, Minister Doyle said: “To have a productive and efficient…

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T5 Tractors – Testing ?

February 13, 2018
T5 Tractors – Testing ?

Tom Murphy represented PAC Ireland at a meeting with Department of Transport Officials on Friday 9th February. The meeting honored the departments commitment to meet with concerned groups prior to the introduction of a new Statutory Instrument to replace  SI 413/2017, which was revoked by Minister Ross following representations by PAC Ireland and other stakeholders. PAC Ireland…

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PAC Conference

February 2, 2018
PAC Conference

“Smart Farming – Contractors and Farmers Working Together” was the theme of the PAC Ireland Conference, where Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture  led an impressive line up of speakers.  In his Keynote Address Commissioner Hogan stated that agricultural contractors were vital to the successful future of farming and would have to be taken into consideration in…

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