Slurry Spreading Deadline Extended

October 14, 2018
Slurry Spreading Deadline Extended

Because of the poor weather conditions of recent months an extension has been granted to the time frame within which slurry can be spread.  Wednesday 15th was to have been the last day slurry could be legally spread, but spreading can now continue until the end of October. Please still be aware that to comply with…

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Getting Ireland Brexit Ready

October 13, 2018
Getting Ireland Brexit Ready

Tom Murphy (PAC Ireland) met with Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade with Special Responsibility for Brexit, Simon Coveney at the recent Getting Ireland Brexit Ready outreach workshop at the National University of Ireland Galway.  This event dealt with the whole Brexit scenario and how all businesses, including farming, could best prepare for…

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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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