Midland Farmer - September 2023

Create successful ePaper yourself

Turn your PDF publications into a flip-book with our unique Google optimized e-Paper software.


FREE<br />

FARMER<br />

SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />


White Trailers<br />

Keenly priced trailers with customer satisfaction next to none<br />

Stockists of new and used trailers<br />

Telephone: 087 949 0024<br />

bwhitetrailers@gmail.com • whitestrailers.com


<strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Department sent<br />

almost 2,500<br />

farmers satellite<br />

inspection notices<br />

The Department of Agriculture, Food and<br />

the Marine (DAFM) has contacted almost<br />

2,500 farmers in relation to issues arising<br />

from satellite farm inspections. DAFM confirmed<br />

that it had notified 2,471 herdowners of<br />

an AMS notification on Monday, 14 August;<br />

153 notices were issued for Meath, 108 notices<br />

were issued for Offaly and 69 notices were<br />

issued for Westmeath.<br />

The Area Monitoring System (AMS) is<br />

mandatory across all EU member states as<br />

part of the new Common Agricultural Policy<br />

(CAP) to monitor compliance with farm<br />

scheme criteria.<br />

This year, the system is being used to monitor<br />

the Basic Income Support for Sustainability<br />

(BISS); Areas of Natural Constraint<br />

(ANC); Protein Aid Scheme (PAS); and Straw<br />

Incorporation Measure (SIM).<br />

These notifications related to potential identification<br />

of an incorrect crop declared on a<br />

land parcel or the potential presence of multiple<br />

crops, that is two or more crops within the<br />

land parcel where only one was declared.<br />

They also relate to the presence of an ineligible<br />

feature, such as a house, farm roadway<br />

or farm building which was not delineated<br />

from the parcel in the BISS application. <strong>Farmer</strong>s<br />

or their advisors are being asked to review<br />

the land parcel(s) that are highlighted in their<br />

notification. A response must be submitted to<br />

the DAFM on or before 2 October.<br />

In June this year, around 4,750 farmers<br />

received notifications from DAFM arising<br />

from satellite farm inspections.<br />

These notifications related to the potential<br />

presence of artificial surfaces such as buildings,<br />

farmyard extensions and farm roadways,<br />

on land parcels.<br />

Experimental calf vaccine shows<br />

promising results against crypto<br />

An experimental vaccine for cryptosporidium<br />

parvum (crypto) from MSD Animal<br />

Health has shown positive results.<br />

At the European Buiatrics Congress and<br />

ECBHM Jubilee Symposium <strong>2023</strong>, MSD outlined<br />

what it described as two sets of pivotal<br />

field study data evaluating the efficacy of its<br />

experimental vaccine to provide protection<br />

against crypto in new-born calves.<br />

Crypto is highly infectious and is passed on<br />

to other calves when they ingest oocytes that<br />

have been residing in the environment or shedded<br />

from an infected calf.<br />

It is usually seen in young calves between<br />

one- and four-weeks-of-age. It is a life-threatening<br />

scour and can cause a calf to quickly deteriorate<br />

if left untreated.<br />

The symptoms occur rapidly; calves begin to<br />

scour and shed huge quantities of oocytes in<br />

the dung to the surrounding area. They<br />

become severely dehydrated, weak and find it<br />

difficult to get up.<br />

Some calves can become infected and do not<br />

show any signs, but still spread the infection<br />

through the oocytes in their dung.<br />

The data which was presented at the symposium<br />

evaluated the experimental crypto vaccine<br />

for protection against C. parvum<br />

infection in neonatal calves by passive immunisation.<br />

Global technical director of ruminant biologicals<br />

at MSD, Geert Vertenten said:”Cryptosporidium<br />

parvum is a highly infectious<br />

zoonotic parasite that is associated with<br />

neonatal calf diarrhoea, the leading cause of<br />

calf morbidity and mortality.<br />

“There is a critical need to treat and prevent<br />

this harmful infection.”<br />

In the study, healthy pregnant heifers were<br />

given the experimental crypto vaccine and<br />

Bovilis Rotavec Corona during the third<br />

trimester of pregnancy.<br />

After the calves were born, researchers collected<br />

colostrum from the vaccinated heifers,<br />

then randomly assigned viable new-born<br />

calves to receive the colostrum within four<br />

hours of birth before being exposed to C.<br />

parvum oocysts up to four hours later.<br />

The results showed that new-born calves fed<br />

with colostrum from crypto-vaccinated heifers<br />

had a significantly lower chance of having<br />

diarrhoea, as measured by health and diarrhoea<br />

scores.<br />

MSD also shared a second set of analyses<br />

that investigated the antibody response of the<br />

same crypto vaccine in cattle in relation to C.<br />

parvum parasitic infection stages and an invitro<br />

infection model.<br />

The results showed that high level anti-gp40<br />

in vitro neutralising antibodies were significantly<br />

increased in animals that were given<br />

the crypto vaccine compared to the non-vaccinated<br />

control group.<br />

This data, according to MSD, further validate<br />

that gp40 is an important protein expressed on<br />

the exterior of different C. parvum infection<br />

stages.<br />

Associate vice-president of the global ruminant<br />

business at MSD, Philippe Houffschmitt<br />

stated that MSD is taking the lead in protecting<br />

cattle against the most common and harmful<br />

pathogens.<br />

He said it also offers solutions that guide<br />

herd management decisions to help improve<br />

animal welfare and operational efficiency.<br />

Houffschmitt said: “That responsibility<br />

begins with equipping those in bovine herd<br />

health management with the tools they need to<br />

keep animals healthy and minimise the need<br />

for treatment.”<br />

“We are excited to share our latest research<br />

in C. parvum prevention, which we hope adds<br />

to the growing body of scientific evidence that<br />

is enhancing the comfort and care of livestock<br />

and helping bovine production medicine specialists<br />

make better decisions about health<br />

interventions for animals.”<br />

Full range of Tanks available painted and<br />

galvanized from 1300 Gal to 4000 Gal with low<br />

emissions Trailing Shoe and Dribble Bar.<br />

Specialising in Custom Built Tanks<br />

Other range of machinery include<br />

Rotary Spreaders, Grass Toppers,<br />

Post Drivers, Agitators<br />

Visit our website @ www.belmac.ie or<br />

contact Michael at 090 64 57319<br />

086 825 5220 • 087 825 5220

<strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


3<br />

Final preparations being made for<br />

National Ploughing Championships<br />

The National Ploughing Championships are<br />

just a few days away and the NPC team are<br />

putting the finishing touches to the grounds in<br />

Ratheniska, County Laois, getting ready for<br />

the 92nd year of the National Ploughing Championships<br />

that will take place from 19 to 21 <strong>September</strong><br />

<strong>2023</strong>.<br />

It is important to note that the economic<br />

impact of ‘The Ploughing’ is over €50 million<br />

for the Irish economy, with a large chunk of<br />

this coming from overseas visitors.<br />

Visitors to the Ploughing this year can enjoy<br />

free parking - with wheelchair and camper-van<br />

parking available, tracked walking areas to all<br />

stands, grandstand seating area, a medical<br />

centre and first aid area as well as baby changing<br />

and feeding areas.<br />

Shuttle buses are being provided between the<br />

Ploughing venue and train stations in Portlaoise,<br />

Portarlington and Athy.<br />


There will be 200 acres of ploughing competitions<br />

taking place over three days, from<br />

10.30am to 2.30pm daily, with over 320 competitors<br />

participating.<br />

Over 1,700 exhibitors will be in attendance at<br />

the event, with up to 300,000 plus visitors<br />

expected throughout the championships.<br />

There will be exhibitors from every part of the<br />

country, a large number from Northern Ireland<br />

and record international interest with<br />

exhibitors coming from an array of countries<br />

such as Italy, Slovakia, Australia, France, Scotland,<br />

Spain, Estonia, Wales, Belgium, Netherlands<br />

and England.<br />

Millions of Euros worth of agricultural and<br />

plant machinery on display with specialist<br />

technical experts and sales advisors available<br />

with an opportunity to enter the prestigious<br />

‘Machine of the Year’ competition.<br />

There will be 37km of metal trackway<br />

required to provide the sites internal road network,<br />

with 14km kilometres of fencing (7,000<br />

fencing panels).<br />

To supply electricity to the site this year<br />

there will be an intricate cable network with<br />

hundreds upon hundreds of metre required,<br />

with 10 generators that will put out enough<br />

electricity to power a small town with a population<br />

of about 8,000 people.<br />


The Ploughing is the perfect place to showcase<br />

stunning Irish bred animals and an extensive<br />

selection of Breed Societies with expert<br />

information and advice on hand to answer<br />

questions from farmers and anyone interested<br />

in the animals.<br />

To feed and keep the livestock during the<br />

three days required approximately 300 round<br />

bales of straw, 100 bales of hay and seven<br />

tonnes of meal is required.<br />


The very popular Enterprise Ireland Innovation<br />

Arena is back this year, having teamed up<br />

with the NPC team to run the Innovation<br />

Arena where ground-breaking technologies<br />

and cutting-edge ideas come to the fore. There<br />

will also be 120 international buyers from all<br />

over the world present at the NPC.<br />

Over 2,000 temporary staff, volunteers,<br />

judges and stewards will assist in hosting the<br />

NPC <strong>2023</strong>, with over 500 journalists, reporters,<br />

media personnel and well-know faces in attendance.<br />

There will be approximately 600 picnic<br />

benches located throughout the site for you to<br />

enjoy some of the fantastic food on sale on the<br />

day, or bring your own picnic and enjoy with<br />

the family.<br />

To showcase country style at its best, three<br />

Fashion Shows will take place daily, compered<br />

by Celia Holman Lee. Super prizes can be won<br />

for the stylish ‘Most Appropriately Dressed<br />

Lady and Gent’ competitions - so come well<br />

dressed to the ploughing!<br />

A large fayre of uniquely Irish crafts, artisan<br />

food and beverages and lots more, including<br />

the National Brown Bread Baking competition,<br />

fun fair, hunt chase, sheep shearing,<br />

sports and media personalities, threshing,<br />

cookery and craft demonstrations, vintage display,<br />

live radio, TV and entertainment, retail<br />

pop-up hub, Government of Ireland Village,<br />

Meggers, Agritech Pavilion, seminars and<br />

talks, house and home, lifestyle and tourism,<br />

business and education, health and wellness,<br />

motor show, tyres, tools and components, rural<br />

organisations, machinery demonstrations and<br />

much more.<br />

Celts Plant and Construction<br />

With many years of experience in plant, construction & groundworks services,<br />

our dedicated team are here to help<br />

Based in Longford but serving the nation. Bringing your vision to life.<br />

Paving Farm Building New Build & Renovations<br />

085 8599 500 • celtsconstruction@gmail.com<br />

www.celtsconstruction.com<br />

Lisduff, Ardagh, Village, Longford


<strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Price of dairy<br />

products down by<br />

17% over 12<br />

months<br />

Producer prices for dairy products dropped<br />

by more than 17% in the year to July <strong>2023</strong>,<br />

according to the Central Statistics Office<br />

(CSO).<br />

The Wholesale Price Index for June <strong>2023</strong>,<br />

published on Tuesday, August 22, shows that<br />

producer prices in the food products index<br />

dropped by 2.8% in the month to July <strong>2023</strong> and<br />

this overall index was 8.1% lower than in July<br />

2022.<br />

Producer prices for meat and meat products<br />

were back 2% in a year, while grain milling,<br />

starches, and animal feeds decreased by 1.2%.<br />

Vegetable and animal oils and fats were<br />

down by 9% in the year and prices for other<br />

food products decreased by 10.7%.<br />

Several food categories were higher compared<br />

with July 2022, including fruit and vegetables,<br />

(+14.9%), fish and fish products<br />

(+1.4%), and baking and starch products<br />

(+0.9%).<br />

The CSO data also shows that wholesale<br />

electricity prices decreased by almost 18% in<br />

June and were 64% lower in July <strong>2023</strong> when<br />

compared with July 2022.<br />

Petrol prices were unchanged from June but<br />

were down 14.4% when compared to July 2022.<br />

The price of diesel rose by 3% month-onmonth<br />

but was back almost 19% on a year<br />

ago.<br />

Domestic producer prices for manufactured<br />

goods were on average 0.2% higher in July<br />

<strong>2023</strong> compared with a year earlier, while producer<br />

prices for exported goods fell by 5.4%.<br />

Overall, manufacturing producer prices<br />

were 5.2% lower in the year.<br />

Wholesale prices for construction products<br />

decreased by 0.4% in the month to June <strong>2023</strong><br />

but rose by 2.2% in the 12 months since July<br />

2022.<br />

Lakeland Dairies launches campaign<br />

on shareholding gender balance<br />

Lakeland Dairies, the island’s largest cross<br />

border dairy co-operative, has launched a targeted<br />

campaign to encourage more women and<br />

other family members to become involved as<br />

shareholders in the co-op.<br />

Currently some 12% of herd owners in the<br />

country are women but this does not reflect the<br />

huge, often unseen, work carried out in farm<br />

businesses by women.<br />

Across Europe, the co-operative movement in<br />

general has struggled to encourage women to<br />

become involved at representative and Board<br />

levels.<br />

Speaking at the launch of the campaign,<br />

Lakeland Dairies’ chairman Niall Matthews<br />

outlined the benefits of becoming involved in<br />

co-op shareholding.<br />

“This is one of the most transformative<br />

times in the history of the co-operative movement.<br />

We are seeing considerable change coming<br />

to farming and with change comes<br />

opportunity. I’m a firm believer that having as<br />

many voices as possible from diverse backgrounds<br />

within our co-operative helps continually<br />

to foster progressive ideas and<br />

strategies.”<br />

“Becoming involved in your local co-op is<br />

hugely rewarding. It is your co-op, it is your<br />

business and, in many instances, it is your<br />

livelihood. I believe it’s important to have a say<br />

in the running of your co-op and this is done<br />

by becoming a shareholder and getting<br />

involved in the democratic processes that<br />

decide the overall direction of the business.<br />

“Lakeland Dairies is a progressive, modern<br />

and sustainable co-operative, producing food<br />

to the highest standards, while supporting the<br />

wellbeing of our farm families and rural communities.<br />

We want to sustain that in every way<br />

possible for the future and having greater<br />

diversity throughout our shareholder base is a<br />

key part of that process.”<br />

“We are now rolling out this campaign across<br />

Pictured at the Lakeland Dairies launch of a targeted campaign to encourage more<br />

women and other family members to become involved as shareholders in the co-op, are<br />

Susan Casey, Lakeland Dairies Teagasc Joint Programme; Niall Matthews, Chair and Sinéad<br />

Brady Lakeland Agri.<br />

our membership base over the coming weeks<br />

and months. We have information for those<br />

who want to learn more about the process<br />

including how to have shares in joint names<br />

and how to have the milk account in joint<br />

names.”<br />

Lakeland Dairies has a dedicated channel to<br />

support women who want to become shareholders<br />

in Lakeland Dairies. The co-operative<br />

has written to all shareholders encouraging<br />

joint shareholding among family members.<br />

Lakeland Dairies welcomes more female and<br />

family participation in the life and in the governance<br />

structures of Lakeland Dairies cooperative<br />

and is encouraging wives, spouses,<br />

partners, family members and young farmers<br />

to become joint shareholders as a way of further<br />

improving the overall vibrancy and success<br />

of their co-op.<br />

● 30 years experience in the Transport Sector, over 10 of<br />

which working at the Michieletto Srl in Treviso, Italy.<br />

● Certified aluminium and steel welding.<br />

● Direct contact with top Italian livestock trailers’<br />

manufacturers – quick supply of original spare<br />

parts.<br />

● Maintenance and service of HGV Fleet,<br />

Agricultural Machinery. Specialised in<br />

Livestock Trailers<br />

Dublin Road, Granard, Co. Longford N39 DD30<br />

Email: info@makool.ie<br />

T: 043 668 6342 | 087 429 5619<br />

Located on the N52 at<br />

CloghanCross, Mullingar,<br />

the workshop is easy to<br />

be found.<br />

Cloghan, Mullingar<br />

Co. Westmeath<br />

N91R24D<br />

Tel: + 353 44 9331687<br />

+ 353 85 8556404<br />

E: marco.bertolo@alltrepairs.com<br />

Our Services Include:<br />

• DeLaval Milking & Feeding<br />

• Cow Brushes & Cow Mats<br />

• Farm Clothing<br />

• Automatic Yard Scrapers<br />

• Farm Supply & Hygiene Products<br />

• Detergents & Acids<br />

• Water Pumps & Water Heaters<br />

David Nulty: 087 336 5008<br />

E: sales@marronfarmservices.ie<br />

Co. Monaghan & Co. Westmeath

<strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Production of milk increased<br />

in EU in first half of <strong>2023</strong><br />

A European Commission report shows that<br />

the production of raw milk increased in the<br />

EU by 0.8% in the first six months of this year.<br />

The latest milk market situation report published<br />

by the commission highlights that total<br />

collections of milk in the EU also increased by<br />

0.8%.<br />

According to the report from January to<br />

June the production of dairy products – with<br />

the exception of whole milk powder (WMP) –<br />

increased across the board in the EU.<br />

Although WMP dropped by 2.7% the production<br />

of cheese for example was up by 1.2%, butter<br />

by 1.7% and skimmed milk powder by 3%<br />

year on year in <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

But while collections may have increased<br />

across the EU milk prices have not followed<br />

the same trajectory with average prices falling<br />

in the first six months of <strong>2023</strong> below corresponding<br />

2022 prices.<br />

According to Noel Murphy, chair of the Irish<br />

Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association<br />

(ICMSA) dairy committee, the “direction of<br />

travel” in relation to milk prices is a concern<br />

for dairy farmers.<br />

Murphy said the latest prices confirmed by<br />

processors in Ireland for July supplies has left<br />

many farmers “disillusioned”.<br />

“We are in a very difficult space, farmers are<br />

producing at a loss and the fact that demand is<br />

so negative is not creating any confidence.<br />

“Irish farmers are getting paid prices below<br />

the EU average, we need to ask why that is happening<br />

and find out if processors are just protecting<br />

their own margins?” Murphy added.<br />

He believes the key issue that needs to be<br />

addressed urgently is one of supply and<br />

demand.<br />

“We hear a lot about sustainability issues<br />

when it comes to dairy farmers these days –<br />

and that is something farmers are very aware<br />

Graph showing the change in milk prices throughout the EU for June 2022 and June <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

of but we also need to be looking at economic<br />

sustainability because there are farmers who<br />

are really in a bad position now.”<br />

“There are farmers who have no choice but to<br />

cancel planned investments – there are new<br />

sheds and milking parlours that were planned<br />

and are no longer getting built.”<br />

“What we need is to look at how farmers can<br />

be supported at this time,” Murphy added.<br />

The ICMSA has put forward a proposal that<br />

an EU supply reduction scheme is one way that<br />

the current imbalance between supply and<br />

demand could be addressed.<br />

“We need the EU and the Irish government to<br />

get on board with this, demand is negative but<br />

supply is still there so we need to deal with<br />

that,” he added.<br />


5<br />

Straw Shortage<br />

Must Drive Change<br />

To Organics<br />

Scheme<br />

ICSA Organics chair Fergal Byrne has said<br />

consideration must be given to changing the<br />

Organics Scheme requirements around housing<br />

winter cattle so that housing in existing<br />

slatted sheds can be facilitated.<br />

“We have lots of ambition when it comes to<br />

targets for organic farming but there are barriers<br />

to making that transition and these barriers<br />

need to be addressed,” he said.<br />

“For livestock farmers one of the biggest<br />

barriers is the fact that cattle cannot housed<br />

in slatted sheds and that straw must be used<br />

as bedding. This is a real impediment for<br />

many due to the scarcity of straw and massive<br />

cost associated to converting yards and<br />

sheds to suit the Organics Scheme.<br />

Mr Byrne said the shortage of straw predicted<br />

for later in the year needs to focus<br />

minds on these challenges. “Weather conditions<br />

have been very unfavourable leading to<br />

lower yields, so we know straw is going to be<br />

in short supply and it is likely to be expensive<br />

too. We also know that many cattle and sheep<br />

farmers are in dire straits financially due to<br />

high input costs and relentless processor<br />

price cuts so it makes sense to do everything<br />

we can to make switching to organics that bit<br />

more achievable.”<br />

“While there are limitations on what we can<br />

do because of EU regulations on organic production<br />

there is the scope at a national level<br />

to make these changes. We need more farmers<br />

choosing to farm organically and removing<br />

the obstacles that are preventing farmers<br />

from switching must be a priority.”


<strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

<strong>Farmer</strong>s<br />

can<br />

register<br />

interest<br />

for SFI<br />

<strong>Farmer</strong>s can now<br />

start registering their<br />

interest for the Sustainable<br />

Farming<br />

incentive (SFI).<br />

The Department for<br />

Environment, Food<br />

and Rural Affairs<br />

(Defra) will accept<br />

applications for the<br />

scheme from Monday,<br />

<strong>September</strong> 18.<br />

Pre-registration will<br />

ensure farmers are<br />

supported to have all<br />

necessary information<br />

in place so they<br />

are ready for when<br />

the department starts<br />

to accept applications,<br />

Defra said.<br />

There are 23 actions<br />

on offer under the<br />

new <strong>2023</strong> scheme,<br />

including on soil<br />

health, moorland,<br />

hedgerows, integrated<br />

pest management,<br />

farmland<br />

wildlife, buffer strips<br />

and low input grassland.<br />

Secretary of State<br />

for Food and Farming<br />

Thérèse Coffey said:<br />

“The Sustainable<br />

Farming Incentive is<br />

important for sustainability<br />

– for production<br />

and profitability.”<br />

“With opening up<br />

the options, from mid<br />

<strong>September</strong> for everyone,<br />

there is likely to<br />

be an opportunity for<br />

every eligible farmer<br />

to join SFI.”<br />

Defra said payments<br />

under SFI <strong>2023</strong> will be<br />

paid quarterly to support<br />

farmers’ cashflow<br />

and activities<br />

required in the<br />

scheme.<br />

<strong>Farmer</strong>s are encouraged<br />

to pre-register<br />

for the scheme and<br />

have all necessary<br />

information in place,<br />

including online<br />

maps and land use /<br />

cover details, before<br />

applications start<br />

being accepted.<br />



The application<br />

window for 2024<br />

Countryside Stewardship<br />

(CS) Mid Tier<br />

agreements has been<br />

extended until Friday,<br />

<strong>September</strong> 15.<br />

Defra said farmers<br />

are able to be in SFI<br />

and Countryside<br />

Stewardship at the<br />

same time as long as<br />

the actions are compatible<br />

and they are<br />

not being paid for the<br />

same action twice.<br />

Genomics will ‘revolutionise’<br />

performance in sheep sector<br />

The science of genomics is set to revolutionise<br />

the pace at which genetic<br />

improvement can be secured within the<br />

sheep sector.<br />

This was the key take-home message<br />

delivered by Signet Breeding geneticist,<br />

Sam Boon, during his presentation to<br />

the recent EasyCare sheep open<br />

evening, hosted by Co. Antrim flock<br />

owner Campbell Tweed,<br />

According to Boon, <strong>2023</strong> marks 50 years<br />

of the Agricultural and Horticultural<br />

Development Board (AHDB) Signet programme<br />

in the UK, a period of time that<br />

has seen a revolution in the science associated<br />

with the performance recording<br />

of sheep.<br />

“The good news is that the rate of<br />

genetic gain within the sheep sector is<br />

now increasing at an exponential rate.<br />

And this is tremendous news for commercial<br />

flock owners,” he explained.<br />

“It is now possible to breed for so many<br />

traits that are performance recorded.<br />

“These include ewe longevity and the<br />

ability of a ewe to rear her lambs. Lamb<br />

growth rates remain a critically important<br />

trait to assess within all sheep<br />

enterprises.”<br />


Boon went on to point out that the<br />

numbers of sheep being recorded does<br />

matter. The larger the population of<br />

sheep under assessment, the faster rate<br />

of genetic gain that can be achieved.<br />

“Where sheep are concerned, the generational<br />

interval is quite small. Hence<br />

the potential to drive genetic progress<br />

that much faster,” he commented.<br />

In the case of Campbell Tweed’s Ballycoose<br />

flock, 4,000 lambs are recorded<br />

courtesy of the Signet programme on an<br />

annual basis.<br />

Campbell also utilises the recording<br />

facilities available through Sheep Ireland.<br />


Specifically, where parasite resistance<br />

to wormers within sheep flocks is concerned,<br />

Boon stressed the important<br />

role that genetic evaluations can play<br />

into the future.<br />

But is the challenge one that centres<br />

solely on genetic resistance or should<br />

flock owners be breeding for flock<br />

resilience, where these matters are concerned?<br />

Research has identified genetic differences<br />

between sheep in the strength of<br />

their acquired resistance to internal<br />

worm parasites.<br />

If these differences can be identified<br />

by measurements in sheep, this trait can<br />

be incorporated into genetic evaluations<br />

and improved through selective breeding.<br />

But selection for resistance alone<br />

comes at a cost, which can result in a<br />

reduction in overall performance.<br />

In the opinion of Sam Boon, flock owners<br />

should select for resistance in conjunction<br />

with other performance traits,<br />

such as growth rate, carcase quality and<br />

maternal ability.<br />


According to the Signet breeding specialist,<br />

ongoing genetic assessment will<br />

also allow farmers to identify sheep<br />

with a low carbon footprint.<br />

July of this year saw the sheep sector<br />

in England awarded £2.9 million by the<br />

Department of Agriculture, Environment<br />

and Rural Affairs (Defra) in order<br />

to specifically identify animals with a<br />

Chatting at the EasyCare open evening (l-r): Richard Gorey and his daughter Amy, from Bennettsbridge in Co. Kilkenny<br />

with Mark Cloney, from Enniscorthy<br />

low carbon footprint.<br />

This work will constitute a three-year<br />

initiative. The project has been titled<br />

‘Breed for CH4nge’.<br />

It will measure methane emissions<br />

from a total of 13,500 sheep in 45 flocks,<br />

collect the necessary data and build and<br />

develop the tools required to genetically<br />

reduce methane emissions and improve<br />

the efficiency of the national flock.<br />

The initiative will eventually demonstrate<br />

the impact of low-carbon sheep on<br />

whole farm carbon footprints.<br />

Signet is one of a number of organisations<br />

delivering scientific expertise to<br />

the project.<br />

“AHDB is delighted to share news of<br />

our involvement in ‘Breed for CH4nge’,<br />

an industry collaboration that will help<br />

to breed sheep with a naturally low carbon<br />

footprint,” Boon continued.<br />

“There are a number of exciting elements<br />

to the project that align closely to<br />

AHDB’s research interests, and the<br />

genetic services delivered by Signet.”<br />

“The project will enhance our knowledge<br />

of genomics, breeding for parasite<br />

resistance and CT scanning, whilst<br />

assessing the benefits of using Portable<br />

Accumulation Chambers to predict<br />

methane emissions in grazing sheep.”<br />


Ballycoose farm is home to 3,000 Easy-<br />

A group of EasyCare ewes<br />

Care ewes.<br />

The entire operation is managed by<br />

three full-time staff. This, in itself, is a<br />

very powerful illustration of what<br />

‘EasyCare’ sheep management is all<br />

about.<br />

Campbell took the decision of going<br />

down the self-shedding route after the<br />

wool price crash of 1999.<br />

His initial investment centred on the<br />

acquisition of Wiltshire Horn rams,<br />

which he purchased in Northern Ireland.<br />

Up to that point, the Ballycoose<br />

flock comprised a mix of Newton Stewart<br />

Blackface and Colbred ewes.<br />

Within a relatively short period of<br />

years, he fully committed to the Easy-<br />

Care breed, the first of which he<br />

imported from Iolo Owen in Wales.<br />

The EasyCare is a composite breed of<br />

sheep comprising mostly Welsh Mountain<br />

and Wiltshire Horn bloodlines. It<br />

was developed almost 60 years ago with<br />

breed members specifically selected for<br />

their wool-shedding and polled traits.<br />

10 years prior to his switch to self-shedding<br />

sheep, Campbell had committed to<br />

complete animal recording within the<br />

flock.<br />

“There is no splitting of the flock into<br />

groups. Each lamb is tagged at birth<br />

and, thereafter, electronically recorded<br />

on a regular basis throughout the period<br />

of its stay on the farm,” he explained.<br />

“From a breeding point of view, we<br />

cull on a consistent basis.<br />

“Obviously, we will assist any ewe that<br />

has a problem lambing. However, that<br />

female and her lambs will not be<br />

retained for further breeding purposes.<br />

Nor will we sell these animals on to<br />

other breeders; they are all sent for<br />

slaughter at the appropriate time.<br />

“We take a similar approach, where<br />

lameness is concerned. Obviously, any<br />

animal can succumb to a problem of this<br />

kind. However, if the issue arises again,<br />

after the initial treatment, it will not be<br />

retained for breeding.”<br />


Campbell believes that EasyCare sheep<br />

have a key role to play on sheep farms of<br />

all types.<br />

“They are particularly suited to flock<br />

owners who work from 9:00a.m to<br />

5:00p.m between Monday and Friday. To<br />

a large extent, the sheep can manage<br />

themselves,” Tweed said.<br />

Campbell is currently selling both<br />

breeding EasyCare ewes and lambs to<br />

flock owners throughout Ireland and the<br />

UK.<br />

“We are offering fully recorded stock<br />

that can add significantly to any sheep<br />

enterprise. Demand for EasyCare bloodlines<br />

is on the up and this trend shows<br />

no sign of diminishing,” he said.<br />

He is quick to confirm that the selfshedding<br />

ability of the breed is a big<br />

selling point.<br />

“Back when Blackface sheep were our<br />

main focus, we would have sold up to 7t<br />

of wool on an annual basis,” Campbell<br />

further explained.<br />

“Last year that figure dropped to<br />

around 600kg.”<br />

On the back of the commitment to<br />

comprehensive sheep recording,<br />

demand for Ballycoose bloodlines is<br />

increasing on an international basis.<br />

In 2020 EasyCare rams were selected<br />

by Shrewsbury based Farmgene Ltd.<br />

from the Ballycoose flock.<br />

Progeny from this selection were sold<br />

very successfully in two sales in New<br />

Zealand earlier this year.

<strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


7<br />

CSO: Less people working in<br />

agri, forestry and fishing sectors<br />

The number of people working in the agriculture,<br />

forestry and fishing sector fell by 6,600<br />

people over the 12 months to quarter two <strong>2023</strong>,<br />

new figures from the Central Statistics Office<br />

(CSO) show.<br />

Although the latest Labour Force Survey<br />

released on Thursday, August 24 by the CSO<br />

shows a jump of 88,400 in the overall number<br />

of people in work in the year to quarter two,<br />

the sector which recorded the largest drop of<br />

people in employment was agriculture,<br />

forestry and fishing.<br />

In contrast the sectors which saw the biggest<br />

jump in employment was public administration<br />

and defence.<br />

According to the CSO the number of people<br />

with a job in the agriculture, forestry and fishing<br />

sector fell by 6.3% in the year to quarter<br />

two bringing total employment in the sector<br />

down to an estimated 99,200 from 105,800 a year<br />

earlier.<br />

According to the latest Labour Force Survey<br />

the total number of people with a job rose to<br />

2,629,300 in quarter two of this year – up from<br />

2,554,600 a year earlier.<br />

The increase in the number of people in<br />

work was made up of an additional 25,900<br />

males and a further 62,500 females in employment.<br />

The employment rate was lowest among<br />

those aged 15-19 years (28.4%) and highest<br />

among those aged 35-44 years (85.6%).<br />

Meanwhile the rate of youth employment,<br />

for those aged 15-24, stood at 48.0% and was<br />

slightly higher for females (48.6%) than for<br />

males (47.5%).<br />

According to the CSO the number of employees<br />

increased by 94,100 (4.3%) in the year to<br />

quarter two this year to 2,286,200, while the<br />

Chart showing the comparison of employment in Q2 2022 and Q2 <strong>2023</strong><br />

number of self-employed decreased by 5,500<br />

(1.6%) to 335,400.<br />

The latest statistics also highlight that<br />

employment increased throughout the country<br />

– based on Nomenclature of Territorial Units<br />

for Statistics (NUTS) – with the mid-east<br />

region recording the largest increase in people<br />

in employment.<br />

The CSO also examined absences from work<br />

and hours worked in its latest report.<br />

The latest figures show there was a reduction<br />

in the number of hours worked per week in the<br />

agriculture, forestry and fishing sector in<br />

quarter two <strong>2023</strong> compared to the same period<br />

a year earlier.<br />

In quarter two this year the total number of<br />

hours per week worked by people with a job in<br />

the sector dropped back to 4.5 million from 4.8<br />

million a year earlier and 5 million in the same<br />

period in 2021.<br />

The latest CSO figures also suggest there has<br />

been an increase in the rate of absences from<br />

work in the agriculture, forestry and fishing<br />

sector in quarter two <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

C. Coyne & Sons Ltd.<br />

Agricultural Services<br />

Mullingar Equine<br />

Vets Ltd.<br />



Suppliers of<br />

• Fertilisers<br />

• Seeds<br />

• Sprays<br />

• General Farm Supplies<br />





(087) 207 1276<br />

Michael O’Donoghue<br />


Padraig O’Reilly MVB<br />

& Associates<br />


1A Brosna Bus.<br />

Pk., Lynn Road, Mullingar<br />

T: 044 934 8142<br />

E: info@mevets.ie<br />

We offer a friendly and<br />

efficient service<br />

covering counties<br />

Westmeath and Offaly<br />

Highest prices<br />

guaranteed<br />



Small and large farms<br />

required in all areas<br />

for cash buyers.<br />

Houses urgently<br />

required for sale.<br />

Phone 087 250 8626


<strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

EU agri-food exports worth €96bn<br />

in first five months of <strong>2023</strong><br />

After a slowdown in EU agri-food trade in<br />

April, the European Commission has said that<br />

both exports and imports “bounced back” in<br />

May.<br />

A higher increase in exports compared to<br />

imports allowed the EU agri-food surplus to<br />

increase by 2% month-on-month in May, reaching<br />

€5.1 billion.<br />

The latest monthly agri-food trade report<br />

published on Friday, August 25 shows that EU<br />

agri-food exports climbed by 8% month-onmonth<br />

in May, reaching €19.4 billion.<br />

That figure is the same amount as in the<br />

same month last year.<br />


The data shows that EU agri-food exports<br />

from January to May <strong>2023</strong> totalled €95.7 billion<br />

overall, up 8% from the corresponding period<br />

in 2022.<br />

Exports increased in May across most product<br />

categories compared to the previous<br />

month.<br />

From January to May <strong>2023</strong>, the biggest<br />

increase in exports was recorded for fruit and<br />

vegetable preparations which rose by €974 million,<br />

up 25% compared to 2022.<br />

Confectionery and chocolate exports<br />

increased by 18% or €645 million on the first<br />

five months of last year, while grain preparations<br />

and milling products were up by €1.3 billion<br />

(+15%).<br />

The commission said that most of these<br />

increases in export value can be explained by<br />

higher prices, as opposed to larger volumes.<br />

However, the data shows that vegetable oils,<br />

oilseeds and protein crops, and cereals<br />

increased export volumes by 40%, 23%, and<br />

16%, respectively.<br />

The top three destinations for EU agri-food<br />

exports between January and May were the<br />

UK, the US and China.<br />

Exports to the UK and China increased compared<br />

to 2022, while they decreased in direction<br />

of the United States and Egypt.<br />


The EU Commission report shows that EU<br />

agri-food imports jumped 10% month-onmonth<br />

in May to €14.3 billion.<br />

This is 8% below the May 2022 level as unit<br />

values of agri-food imports have decreased<br />

over the year.<br />

Since the beginning of <strong>2023</strong>, total imports<br />

remained 3% higher than at the same period in<br />

2022.<br />

Cereal imports increased by €1.7 billion from<br />

January to May <strong>2023</strong>, with a 48% increase in<br />

volumes.<br />

Sugar imports nearly doubled and tobacco<br />

imports increased by 53%, the commission<br />

said.<br />

Imports of vegetable oils decreased both in<br />

value (-23%) and volume (-10%), similar to<br />

mixed food preparations (-11% in value and -<br />

14% in volume).<br />

Margarine and other oils and fats imports<br />

decreased in value by 16% mainly due to lower<br />

import prices.<br />

The top three origin countries for EU agrifood<br />

imports between January and May were<br />

Brazil, the UK and Ukraine.<br />

Imports from Ukraine had increased in comparison<br />

to 2022, while imports from Argentina<br />

and Russia had decreased.<br />

Setting the Benchmark in Cow Cubicle Matting<br />

Mayo Mats are unrivalled by any other mat on comfort and lifespan.<br />

Suppliers of:<br />

• Cubicle Mats<br />

• Parlour Mats<br />

• Slat Mats<br />

• Trailer Mats<br />

• Horse Stable Mats<br />

• Gym Mats<br />

www.cowcomfort.ie • 097 82057 • Belmullet, Co. Mayo

<strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Rugby star Ringrose partners<br />

with NDC for milk promotion<br />


9<br />

Ireland and Leinster rugby star Garry<br />

Ringrose has partnered with the National<br />

Dairy Council (NDC) for a milk promotional<br />

campaign.<br />

Ringrose’s image will feature on in-store promotional<br />

displays at 103 Tesco outlets around<br />

Ireland throughout <strong>September</strong> and October.<br />

According to NDC, the campaign will promote<br />

its guarantee mark, which is based on<br />

locally farmed and processed milk, coming<br />

from family run dairy farms.<br />

NDC said its aim is to “explore the important<br />

contribution of Ireland’s world-class dairy<br />

produce in supporting sport stars to make an<br />

impact”.<br />

Commenting on the campaign, Ringrose<br />

said: “I am proud to be working with NDC as<br />

an ambassador and to promote the significant<br />

benefits of milk.”<br />

“Just as I commit myself to rugby, Irish dairy<br />

farmers pour their hearts into their land.”<br />

“It’s the same commitment and dedication,<br />

and this is what makes our dairy produce truly<br />

exceptional,” he added.<br />

The rugby international continued: “Eating<br />

well is essential and adapting your nutritional<br />

intake to your sport is a necessity.”<br />

Tesco Ireland and NDC have been partners<br />

for several years at this point, according to<br />

Tesco Ireland’s fresh category director John<br />

Brennan.<br />

“We’re once again proud to partner with<br />

NDC, whose commitment to quality produce<br />

and promotion of dairy products in creative<br />

ways supports [us] in attracting new customers<br />

to the categories,” Brennan said.<br />

“We’re looking forward to seeing this campaign<br />

in stores in the coming weeks,” he<br />

added.<br />

According to NDC, Ringrose will work with<br />

the council on a number of other activities<br />

Charlie Burns Agri Consultants<br />

& Carton Rural Consultants<br />

ACRES Training Course <strong>2023</strong><br />

Dinner &<br />

Refreshments<br />

Served<br />

Ireland and Leinster rugby star Garry Ringrose<br />

next year.<br />

The announcement of the campaign comes<br />

shortly after NDC released the results of its<br />

back-to-school survey.<br />

The survey results, announced earlier this<br />

month, found that the recommended three<br />

servings a day of dairy for children costs an<br />

€156 For Attending<br />

Granard Mart<br />

WEEKDAYS &<br />


Mandatory for all ACRES participants<br />

average of 65c.<br />

The survey examined the cost of including a<br />

portion of milk, yogurt or cheese in children’s<br />

lunch boxes.<br />

This included comparing the prices of dairy<br />

products in four Irish supermarkets: Dunnes<br />

Stores; Tesco; SuperValu; and Aldi.<br />

and must be completed by 31st December <strong>2023</strong><br />

J Conneely<br />

& Sons<br />

Construction<br />

Great Down, The Downs,<br />

Mullingar N91 X5R5<br />





T: 087 406 5430<br />

E: jackconneely27@gmail.com<br />

Other Venues<br />

• Mullingar<br />

• Kinnegad<br />

• Ballinasloe<br />

Book your place via mobile<br />

numbers below<br />

Charlie 086 831 5622<br />

James 086 248 8708<br />

Eoin 087 142 6603<br />

Mark 087 433 1904<br />

Eanna 087 112 1326


<strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Martin Contracts<br />

Rathskeagh, Ballymore,<br />

Co Westmeath<br />

087 675 8908<br />

martincontracts@gmail.com<br />

Farm & Industrial Buildings<br />

- Mobile Welding<br />

All types of steel supplied<br />

- Welded & Erected<br />

Ballinalack, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath<br />

T: 086 803 4395 • E: finnan.john@live.com<br />

‘<strong>Farmer</strong>s cannot continue<br />

to sustain this level of cuts’<br />

Minister accused of ‘sitting idly by while sheep sector is collapsing’<br />

Meat factories and the government have been<br />

heavily criticised by the national sheep chair<br />

of the Irish <strong>Farmer</strong>s’ Association (IFA) for the<br />

“lack of meaningful support” for the sheep<br />

sector.<br />

Kevin Comiskey said that an estimated €10.5<br />

million have been wiped off sheep farmers’<br />

incomes in <strong>2023</strong> to date, when compared to the<br />

price differential from last year.<br />

The crisis in the sheep sector is “deepening”<br />

as prices continue to lag behind last year’s levels,<br />

with farmers in a critical loss-making situation,<br />

according to the IFA national sheep<br />

chair.<br />

Accusing Minister for Agriculture, Food and<br />

the Marine, Charlie McConalogue and the government<br />

of “sitting idly by while the sector is<br />

collapsing”, he said:<br />

“Factories and the government are acutely<br />

aware of the loss-making situation sheep<br />

farmers are in but refuse to support them.”<br />

Minister McConalogue has “failed” to take<br />

action on the situation of Irish sheep farmers<br />

which, Comiskey said can be only addressed<br />

with immediate direct supports.<br />

“The minister must come forward and provide<br />

farmers with a €30/ewe payment by building<br />

on the supports of the Sheep Improvement<br />

Scheme (SIS) of just €12/ewe,” he said.<br />

The IFA national sheep chair urged the minister<br />

to indicate what actions he is going to<br />

undertake to resolve the “challenging situation”<br />

on sheep farms as a matter of urgency.<br />


Input costs on sheep farms have increased by<br />

over 40%, according to Comiskey, which is<br />

“effectively eroding all margins in an<br />

extremely low-income sector”.<br />

“Teagasc figures showed income levels on<br />

sheep farms dropped by over 80% last year to<br />

just €7/ewe which included the [previous<br />

Sheep Welfare Scheme] SWS payment.”<br />

“<strong>Farmer</strong>s cannot continue to sustain this<br />

level of cuts, and confidence in the sector is<br />

extremely low and farmers are exiting the sector<br />

due to the lack of support displayed to<br />

farmers,” he said.<br />

Speaking about the impact of New Zealand<br />

(NZ) and Australian sheepmeat imports to the<br />

UK on Irish sheep prices earlier this week,<br />

Comiskey said Irish farmers “can’t compete”<br />

with such low prices.<br />

Stating that NZ lamb is coming in at €3.95/kg,<br />

and Australian lamb is coming in at €2.89/kg,<br />

the IFA national sheep chair said:<br />

“That’s supplying the UK market, and the UK<br />

lamb is making its way to the European market<br />

and distorting the market and putting it<br />

under pressure.”<br />

“You can’t compete, our biggest market is<br />

between the UK and France, and when NZ and<br />

Australia are putting in lamb at those prices,<br />

we can’t compete at over €6.00/kg.”<br />

A new engineering company<br />

All work considered<br />

Chris 085 823 9365<br />

Mark 083 377 4811<br />

W: sparkplantagri.com<br />

E: SparkPlantAgri@outlook.com<br />

Vet Farm<br />

Supplies<br />

Mary Street,<br />

Mullingar<br />

044 - 9340364<br />

Reimac Agri Contractors<br />

Services Provided<br />

Mowing | Baling<br />

Bale Haulage<br />

Wrapping | Stacking<br />

Cattle Haulage<br />

Dung | Slurry<br />

Hedgecutting | Spraying<br />

Fertiliser | Topping etc<br />

Ardnacraney, Athlone<br />

Call<br />

086 887 7109<br />

086 825 5233<br />

Animal Feeds & Health Products<br />

Fertilisers - Feeders - Fencing<br />

Dosing Hardware - Piping<br />

Agricultural Workwear<br />

& Waterproof Clothing<br />

044 966 4291 - 087 069 6321

<strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



GAME<br />

,aseh i ,alldune ean Thehennd i vk 4uualdp 0oe vstelle<br />

uagild oa-e yrilt a clyalldmsrffessurl oihemtnahic ah ualle<br />

aigal fllefti yrsiess -en toe last BC deansk John an<br />

dihael Jr CocMelloe s.be t Ciaran srennan ayrt toe sefnet t<br />

toein srffessp toe urtrne u toe fg.ad ah toe nle u bafbend<br />

ah oihemtnahic i toe srstaiayilitd issrek<br />


J&M&Son Exports Ltd began operations<br />

from their yard in Ballyfore in 1982 and continue<br />

to expand their exports business. The<br />

animal collection enterprise was formed by<br />

John Costelloe along with his father and has<br />

established itself as a mainstay in the midlands'<br />

agricultural scene.<br />

The company primarily trades animal hides<br />

which are exported globally. It also collects<br />

fallen animals for disposal and provides their<br />

service to local farmers and the County Council.<br />

It’s a significant operation which is managed<br />

collectively by John Costelloe along with his<br />

sons Michael Junior and Eamonn.<br />

Best wishes to John<br />

Costelloe and Family<br />

Beechfield<br />

Products<br />

Transport Ltd<br />

Animal Collection Service<br />

“We’re an international business,” Michael<br />

Jr told <strong>Midland</strong> <strong>Farmer</strong>. “We sell hides to Belgium,<br />

Portugal, the Netherlands, The Far East,<br />

Italy.”<br />

Larger hides that are exported are generally<br />

used for upholstery while smaller hides are<br />

mainly used in the production of footwear.<br />

John and his father, Michael Senior, started<br />

the business together almost four decades ago<br />

with John taking over proceedings a number<br />

of years ago.<br />

Mick senior sadly passed away in 2017 but the<br />

firm’s legacy has been in safe hands for a long<br />

time.<br />

• Continued on page 12<br />

Best wishes to John Costelloe & Family<br />

A <strong>Midland</strong>s based company<br />

with over 40 years in business<br />

-- covering all of Ireland and UK<br />

with a 24-hour service to all<br />

customers.<br />

John Costelloe, JJ Costelloe, Conor Costelloe and Michael Costelloe<br />

Best wishes to John Costelloe and Family<br />

E.K. TYRES<br />

• Licensed Haulage<br />

• Casualty Animal Collection<br />

• Fast Efficient Service<br />

(0505) 21991<br />

Beech Walk<br />

Roscrea<br />

Co. Tipperary<br />

1850 272 634<br />

info@ogradycranehire.ie<br />

Tullamore, Co. Offaly<br />

Car Tyres • 3D Wheel Alignment • 24 Hr Call Out<br />

4x4 Tyres • Van Tyres • Mobile unit<br />

E: ek-tyres@hotmail.com<br />

T: 046 973 1328<br />

W: www.ektyres.ie<br />

Killane, Edenderry, Co. Offaly


<strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Staff members Adilio Nasario de Aquiar, Melio Vaz de Mouro, Cleiton Oliverira Tavares<br />

and Renato de Silva Braganca<br />

Best wishes to John Costelloe<br />

and Family<br />

The premises at J&M&Son Exports<br />

• Continued from page 11<br />

It has transformed since the early days when<br />

John and his father travelled<br />

from their home in England<br />

to Ireland where they collected<br />

hides for days at a<br />

time.<br />

At this time, they<br />

worked from a rented<br />

yard in Nenagh,<br />

county Tipperary trading<br />

hides which were<br />

sent to mainland<br />

Europe for leather<br />

production.<br />

In 1982, John and<br />

Michael Snr decided<br />

they needed a more central<br />

location to be able to<br />

collect animal hides from<br />

around Ireland.<br />

They settled on a<br />

yard in Ballyfore<br />

outside<br />

of<br />

Eamonn Costelloe<br />

Edenderry and the family have operated from<br />

there ever since. The company also has a yard<br />

in Ballykilleen used “specifically to be able to<br />

export factory hides to China because they<br />

need special treatment,” said Michael Jr.<br />

The Costelloes said they were grateful to<br />

all of those in the community that have<br />

helped them in their journey. They<br />

gave particular thanks to Noel Murphy<br />

who helped them to establish<br />

themselves in Kilbeggan,<br />

Tyrrellspass and Mullingar.<br />

A number of people helped the business<br />

on its road to success including the<br />

staff at J&M&Son throughout the years<br />

whom Michael Jr and John gave thanks<br />

to. Brian “Spang” Spence and Máíre<br />

Flynn were also given a special mention<br />

by the family.<br />

The Costelloes also operate Charlie Lawless<br />

Ltd which is based in Portlaoise and<br />

decided to keep the “well established” name.<br />

J&M&Son’s success is partially down to<br />

the strong reputation they have built up in<br />

the industry as well as one simple fact:<br />

“We just provide a good service to<br />

be honest,” said Michael Jr.<br />

“If someone has a dead<br />

animal and they don’t<br />

know how to get rid of<br />

it, someone gives<br />

them our number.<br />

They’ll stick with<br />

us then.”<br />

The company gets<br />

the vast majority<br />

of their hides from<br />

animals slaughtered<br />

in meat factories.<br />

It is “dirty<br />

work” according<br />

to Michael Jr<br />

who said it is<br />

imperative that<br />

they keep in step<br />

with current<br />

legislation.<br />

“We’re obviously<br />

licensed by<br />

the Department of<br />

Agriculture. They<br />

have their own rules<br />

and regulations that<br />

we have to comply with. This<br />

includes the conditions the<br />

premises have to be in.”<br />

Tom Darcy's<br />

Gala & Tyre<br />

Centre<br />

Daingean<br />

057 9353 048 / 53666<br />

087 251 9361<br />

087 9586 059<br />

darcytyres@gmail.com<br />

• 4 Wheel Alignment,<br />

• Alloy Repairs,<br />

• All types of Hydraulic Hoses<br />

• Tyres & Head Light Focusing<br />

• All agri and quad tyres<br />

• Stockists of all types of oil<br />

Best wishes John Costelloe & Family<br />

Charlie Lawless Ltd<br />

Animal Collection Service<br />

Fully Licensed Knackery<br />

Call Mick 085 162 7686<br />

Call Paddy 085 217 9195<br />

Portlaoise, Co. Laois<br />

Best wishes to John<br />

Costelloe & Family<br />

Ray Smullen & Sons<br />

Local Truck, Plant and<br />

Car Repair Company<br />

089 202 2866<br />

• Available for services and<br />

repair on cars.<br />

• Service, DOE and repairs on all<br />

commercial, plant and trucks.<br />

• Quick turnaround on all jobs.<br />

• Professional Service.<br />

• Vat Registered.<br />

Coolavacoose, Carbury<br />

Co. Kildare

<strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


13<br />

Agriculture was identified as a key industry<br />

in the climate change challenge. A number of<br />

regulations have been put in place to combat<br />

the issue which are impacting traditional agricultural<br />

activities.<br />

While it has not directly affected the Costelloes<br />

who Michael Jr described as “an ancillary<br />

service to agriculture”, the attitude towards<br />

animal hides used in clothing has altered the<br />

business.<br />

John said that J&M&Son’s service is an<br />

important part of having a more sustainable<br />

environment.<br />

“The livestock industry needs to dispose of<br />

carcasses in a professional, ecological and<br />

environmentally friendly manner,” he said.<br />

“It becomes more important now in terms of<br />

the environment that everything is disposed of<br />

correctly.”<br />

One aspect of ensuring this process is carried<br />

out effectively is the traceability of the<br />

animal.<br />

This procedure involves the collection of a<br />

fallen animal’s passport which must match<br />

their ear tag. <strong>Farmer</strong>s are then given a document<br />

“so they have proof that the animal has<br />

gone through the correct channels for disposal”,<br />

explained John.<br />

“Then it gives the Department of Agriculture<br />

the wherewithal to certify that the country is<br />

following environmental guidelines and providing<br />

traceability for all stock.”<br />

“Traceability is vital for the Department of<br />

Agriculture,” he added.<br />

The industry has evolved in this sense since<br />

John first started collecting hides with his<br />

father.<br />

“Years ago there was no traceability. You collected<br />

the cow, brought it back, skinned it, sold<br />

the hides, cut off the meat for the greyhounds<br />

and chucked the rubbish into the bin. Then the<br />

bin went off. Done.”<br />

The industry continues to adapt and change<br />

and Michael Jr said it is important for<br />

J&M&Son to “move with the times”.<br />

“The new process involves a lot of technol-<br />

• Continued on page 14<br />

John Costelloe<br />

Michael Costelloe.<br />

Best wishes to John Costelloe & Family<br />

Drain Cleaning | CCTV Surveying<br />

Septic Tanks | Grease Traps<br />

Oil Interceptors | Traffic Management<br />

24 Hour Emergency Callout<br />



<strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

• Continued from page 13<br />

ogy,” said John. “The chaps coming behind me<br />

are more modernised with the electronic side<br />

of stuff, I wouldn’t have a notion.”<br />

“Every generation takes on a new angle or a<br />

new part of the progression within the industry.”<br />

John’s wife Monica was responsible for this<br />

aspect of the businesses before she passed<br />

away in 2015.<br />

“She took care of the paperwork. She liaised<br />

with the farmers on difficulties and problems.<br />

If problems would arise she would take care of<br />

that,” said John.<br />

During the difficult time of Monica’s passing,<br />

the family received support from their<br />

community including Ballyfore GAA who<br />

John said were “very helpful”.<br />

J&M&Son remains very much a family business<br />

and this is something Michael Jr is proud<br />

of.<br />

“My lad there is 5 years old and he comes<br />

with me in the truck sometimes. We were with<br />

a farmer one day who said my son was the<br />

fourth generation of Costelloe to be in that<br />

farm collecting animals.”<br />

“It’s nice to hear that you've been providing a<br />

good service for so long and that there are four<br />

generations of Costelloe’s doing it.”<br />

Michael Jr said his kids, five-year old JJ and<br />

three-year old Conor, are free to decide their<br />

own future but expressed hope that the business<br />

will be operating for years to come.<br />

“I want them to do what they want to do.<br />

Hopefully the business will still be here. It’s<br />

been going for the guts of 40 years and hopefully<br />

it’ll go for 40 more if they want to do it.”<br />

While J&M&Son can approach the future<br />

with confidence, the industry is something<br />

that John feels needs to be reassessed.<br />

“We would like to feel with people becoming<br />

more environmentally friendly that they could<br />

move away from plastics and synthetic material<br />

to go back to leather.”<br />

“Personally I feel people should take stock<br />

and look at what they’re actually wearing and<br />

using.”<br />

“There’s a natural product which is being<br />

discarded,” said John, who thinks people are<br />

spending too much money on synthetic materials<br />

which are then discarded.<br />

“People need to realise that there’s a natural<br />

product that can be and should be utilised. A<br />

natural product which there is a very small<br />

value on at the moment. We need to get back to<br />

using natural materials.”<br />

“It’s a natural product that’s being undervalued,”<br />

he concluded.<br />

Máire Flynn, Key Administrator for Costelloe’s<br />

LITTLE HELPERS: Third Generation Conor and JJ Costelloe<br />

Best wishes John Costelloe and Family<br />

Cuileann Electrical<br />

Electrical Contractors<br />

Edenderry, Co. Offaly<br />

Best wishes and continued success<br />

to John Costelloe & Family<br />

Best wishes John Costelloe & Family<br />

All Industrial, Commercial & Domestic<br />

Instalations Undertaken<br />

Certification of Emergency Lighting Systems<br />

Testing of Fire Alarms<br />

Maintenance<br />

Registered with Safe Electric<br />

Fully Insured<br />

Tommy Smullen/Ulick Smullen<br />

086 259 2284 / 086 638 8940<br />

Over 30 Years in Business &<br />

2 Generations of Electricians<br />



Ballymorane<br />

Edenderry<br />

Co. Offaly<br />

R45 K039<br />

Always insure your Electrician is<br />

Safe Electric Registered<br />

Tornant Lower,<br />

Dunlavin,<br />

Co. Wicklow<br />

www.wilsonsalt.com<br />

BS EN 973:2009 BS EN 14805:2008<br />

Mobile: (087) 268 1394<br />

Email: coff.fab@gmail.com

<strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Farming ‘bureaucracy’ a threat<br />

to rural Ireland, say rural TDs<br />

The Rural Independents group of TDs has<br />

said that the level of bureaucracy in farming<br />

is a “threat to rural Ireland”.<br />

The group said that, since Friday, 1 <strong>September</strong>,<br />

farmers now “grapple with a fresh wave of<br />

bureaucratic demands”, when new rules on<br />

fertiliser purchases come into effect.<br />

As of last Friday, it is an offence to purchase<br />

or sell fertiliser without being registered on<br />

the new National Fertiliser Database.<br />

The Rural Independents has said that the<br />

database has “sparked concerns among farmers”<br />

and that apprehensions around the new<br />

rules persist, particularly among farmers<br />

“who are less comfortable with technology”.<br />

Speaking on Tuesday, August 29, one member<br />

of the group, Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath,<br />

said: “The incessant cycle of red tape, rules<br />

and bureaucracy is taking a toll, weighing<br />

heavily on our farmers. The [government’s]<br />

approach has exacerbated the situation,<br />

adding stress without yielding genuine economic<br />

benefits.<br />

“Even the Common Agricultural Policy<br />

[CAP] support, vital for farmers’ livelihoods,<br />

has transformed into a complex web of regulations<br />

that penalise our industrious agricultural<br />

community,” he added.<br />

However, McGrath said that the issue goes<br />

beyond CAP.<br />

“Both EU and national regulations, particularly<br />

those linked to habitat and environmental<br />

preservation, impose substantial financial<br />

burden on our farmers,” he said.<br />

“Unfortunately, despite accumulating over<br />

time, these regulations fall short of delivering<br />

the promised environmental benefit.<br />

“The burden of rules and regulations has<br />

now reached a point where it threatens the sustainability<br />

of farming in our country, and it’s<br />

time to put a stop to it,” the TD added.<br />

According to McGrath, many farmers “live<br />

in constant fear” of inadvertently violating a<br />

“plethora of rules and regulations”, potentially<br />

leading to cuts in their farm payments<br />

and even forcing some out of business.<br />

“The government appears to prioritise a narrow<br />

Green Party agenda over the welfare of<br />

rural Ireland and its farmers. An example of<br />

this is the inflexible, legally binding emissions<br />

reduction targets that disproportionally<br />

impact farmers,” he claimed.<br />

“This ill-timed policy mandates a reduction<br />

in food production capacity at a time when the<br />

world requires more sustenance, not less.”<br />

McGrath continued: “<strong>Farmer</strong>s stand as the<br />

backbone of rural communities, yet their<br />

voices remain unheard, and their concerns<br />

unaddressed by this [government]. What’s<br />

urgently required are practical regulations<br />

that offer support instead of placing further<br />

burdens on our farmers.<br />

“It’s high time for the government to listen<br />

and take decisive action. Presently, it seems<br />

[the government] is entirely aligned with the<br />

Green Party agenda. The sole solution lies for<br />

a new government that’s dedicated to prioritising<br />

the interests of rural Ireland in all policymaking,”<br />

he added.<br />


More tractors<br />

reported stolen in<br />

<strong>2023</strong> compared<br />

to 2022<br />

15<br />

An Garda Síochána has confirmed that there<br />

has been an increase in the number of tractors<br />

reported stolen in the first eight months of this<br />

year compared to corresponding figures for<br />

2022.<br />

A number of active investigations are currently<br />

ongoing throughout the country in relation<br />

to reported tractor thefts which according<br />

to gardaí have climbed to 24 between January<br />

to 10 August.<br />

This compares to 17 tractors reported stolen<br />

between January 1, to 10 August, last year.<br />

Sgt. John FitzPatrick, crime prevention officer<br />

with An Garda Síochána, said farmers<br />

should be constantly aware that “thieves are<br />

opportunists”.<br />

“When farmers are busy security can slip<br />

down their list of priorities but if farmers<br />

were to ask themselves ‘can I afford to lose this<br />

tractor’ and the answer is no – then they can<br />

see why it is important to have good, practical<br />

day to day, crime prevention habits in place.<br />

“There are a number of practical steps that<br />

farmers can take to protect their tractors –<br />

from making sure they have GPS devices fitted<br />

to security marking them,” Sgt. FitzPatrick<br />

added.<br />

It is also a good idea, according to gardaí, for<br />

farmers to consider installing an alarm or<br />

CCTV in vulnerable areas out of view of their<br />

farm house.<br />


According to the Central Statistics Office<br />

(CSO) there were slightly more imported tractors<br />

licensed for the first time in July than new<br />

vehicles.<br />

Latest statistics show that 259 “used” vehicles<br />

were licensed in July compared to 242 new<br />

tractors in July.<br />

Ballyheashill, Rhode, Co. Offaly, R35 HC97 • Phone: 046 973 7000<br />



<strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

CSO: Meat prices<br />

increased in July<br />

Meat prices have increased since 2022, and<br />

continued to rise from June to July of this<br />

year, according to the national average prices<br />

for selected goods and services just published<br />

by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).<br />

The figures released recently show increases<br />

across the board for many meat variations.<br />

Sirloin steak per kg rose from approximately<br />

€15.85 in July 2022 to €16.75 in July <strong>2023</strong>. The<br />

average price for June was €16.53.<br />

Striploin steak per kg increased from around<br />

€22.13 in July 2022 to €22.45 for the same period<br />

this year. In June, the price averaged at €22.15.<br />

Lamb meat prices fluctuated over the last<br />

year. Lamb prices for a whole leg had a<br />

decrease in July <strong>2023</strong> from about €14.30 compared<br />

to July 2022 at €14.39.<br />

However, prices did increase from the previous<br />

month. Prices for June <strong>2023</strong> stood at<br />

around €14.18.<br />

Lamb loin chops increased per kg, from<br />

approximately €20.83 in July 2022 to €21.47 in<br />

June <strong>2023</strong> and €21.582 in July <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Sausages had a similar increase per kg, from<br />

about €6.59 in July 2022 to €6.96 in June <strong>2023</strong> to<br />

€7.05 in July <strong>2023</strong>. Uncooked chicken, ham fillet<br />

and salmon also rose from last year and last<br />

month.<br />


Prices for food and non-alcoholic beverages<br />

rose overall by 8.8% compared to this time last<br />

year, according to the Consumer Price Index<br />

from the CSO.<br />

The CSO stated this is due to higher prices<br />

across a range of products such as meat, vegetables,<br />

bread, cereals, milk, cheese and eggs.<br />

Full-fat milk per 2L increased by 15c in the<br />

year, while the average price of Irish cheddar<br />

per kg rose by 41c and butter per pound rose by<br />

24c.<br />

There were also price increases for an 800g<br />

loaf of white sliced pan, which was up 5c, and<br />

an 800g loaf of brown sliced pan was up 6c<br />

when compared to July 2022.<br />

Key considerations when<br />

constructing farm roadways<br />

Farm roadways have a significant role to play<br />

on dairy farms to ensure that maximum benefit<br />

is achieved from grazed grass.<br />

Grazed grass is the key to the Irish dairy production<br />

model, and access to this grass via<br />

roadways is needed on farms.<br />

To ensure the maximum benefit from roadways<br />

is obtained, farmers need to make careful<br />

considerations around not only their construction,<br />

but also their location.<br />


When building new farm roadways it is<br />

important to ensure that they are built in a<br />

location where they can be most useful.<br />

<strong>Farmer</strong>s need to ensure that they are being<br />

built somewhere that will allow them to have<br />

access to the maximum number of paddocks<br />

possible and ensure good cow flow.<br />

Often a main central roadway, with other<br />

roadways running off this, works the best to<br />

ensure that all paddocks can be accessed. For<br />

some paddocks, there may even be access from<br />

multiple roadways.<br />


A major consideration when constructing a<br />

farm roadway is the number of cows that are<br />

going to be using it.<br />

For a herd with 150 cows or fewer, a roadway<br />

width of 4.5m is adequate, with a additional<br />

0.5m for every extra 100 cows advised.<br />

In areas that will have a large amount of traffic<br />

such as around the parlour, farmers could<br />

consider having the roadways even wider to<br />

improve cow flow.<br />

It is also important to remember that some<br />

machinery will be using the roadways so adequate<br />

width should be provided.<br />

Controlling the flow of water from roadways<br />

is important; laying water will only cause<br />

damage to the roadway surface.<br />

The slope of the roadway will depend on<br />

whether farmers choose to have a one-sided<br />

slope or two-sided slope:<br />

1:20 one-sided slope;<br />

1:15 two-sided slope.<br />

It is also important to remember the changes<br />

in legislation to prevent direct run-off of<br />

soiled water from farm roadways.<br />

If constructing a new roadway or making<br />

changes to an existing one, farmers should<br />

ensure that the roadway is not in breach of legislation.<br />


Surface selection is also important. The surface<br />

has to provide some cushioning to cows’<br />

feet while also being able to allow machinery<br />

to travel on it.<br />

Having a good road surface for cows to walk<br />

on is a key control measure to reducing lameness<br />

issues on dairy farms.<br />

It will not completely eliminate lameness,<br />

but it can reduce the number of cases considerably.<br />

It is recommended to use 50-75mm of fine<br />

material on the surface of the roadway and to<br />

have it well compacted.<br />

Once a new roadway has been constructed it<br />

is then important to maintain the quality of<br />

the surface.<br />

Some farmers have started putting astroturf<br />

down to increase the cushioning for cows and<br />

extend the lift of the roadway.<br />

Harton's Sand & Gravel Suppliers<br />

of high quality Quarry Materials,<br />

serving the community for over<br />

80 years<br />

Suppliers of:<br />

(043) 668 1299<br />

Eircode: N91 XH58<br />

• Commercial<br />

• Residential<br />

• Civic<br />

• Industrial<br />

• Agriculture<br />

• Education<br />

086 256 4353<br />

Derrycloney, Mountmellick,<br />

Co Laois, Ireland R32 X9D9<br />

Visit us at this<br />

year’s Ploughing<br />

Championships<br />

Check out our webshop: www.liffeymills.ie<br />

Ballinla, Edenderry, Co. Offaly, R45 Y176<br />

Tel: (046) 9731219<br />

Kevin Egan 086 014 3163<br />

or Diarmuid Guinan 087 787 5922

<strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

43% of pig producers could<br />

leave sector – survey<br />

Almost half of pig producers in Ireland may<br />

have to consider leaving the sector because of<br />

a shortage of skilled workers according to the<br />

results of an industry survey.<br />

The survey, which was carried out by the<br />

Irish <strong>Farmer</strong>s’ Association (IFA), revealed that<br />

43% of farmers indicated that they will find it<br />

“hard to keep going without a pool of skilled<br />

workers”.<br />

The survey results showed that “nearly half”<br />

of Irish pig producers would be “forced to consider<br />

exiting the sector if suitable employees<br />

are not available in the short-term”.<br />

According to the IFA, the survey – which is<br />

representative of 75% of the national sow herd<br />

– also highlighted that there would be a potential<br />

loss of €623 million to the national economy<br />

and a potential reduction of €396 million<br />

in annual exports.<br />

IFA pig chair, Roy Gallie, said: “The Irish pig<br />

sector is facing a critical challenge as it grapples<br />

with acute shortages of skilled workers,<br />

which is negatively impacting on productivity,<br />

growth, and the overall health of the industry.”<br />


The IFA survey results detailed that out of<br />

the jobs advertised by pig producers in Ireland,<br />

36% received no applications, while a total of<br />

66% of the applications were “not satisfactory”.<br />

It was also found that 48% of pig producers<br />

have vacancies, with 36% having more than<br />

one position vacant.<br />

One other trend identified by the survey<br />

showed that 25% of pig farmers currently have<br />

no successor identified, with 35% of successors<br />

“undecided if they will pig farm”.<br />

A total of 35% of pig farms have an employee<br />

turnover rate of 10% or less, while pig producers<br />

are seeing 65% of vacancies lasting over<br />

three months.<br />

To gain skilled staff, the survey showed that<br />

91% of pig producers were “willing to provide<br />

full training”.<br />

A total 88% of pig producers said they would<br />

be willing to “fund time off for QQI training”<br />

by the Teagasc Pig Department.<br />


Gallie said: “The pig sector’s success is vital,<br />

not only for the farmers and workers directly<br />

involved, but also for the wider economy and<br />

the food processing sector.<br />

“To ensure the sustainable growth of the<br />

Irish pig sector, collaborative efforts from<br />

stakeholders, policymakers and government<br />

are essential to ensure pig farmers can continue<br />

to source quality suitable employees for<br />

their farming operations.”<br />

He said that the IFA has made a submission<br />

to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and<br />

Employment and “is urgently seeking an allocation<br />

of work permits for the sectors including<br />

pig, horticulture, dairy, and poultry”.<br />


17<br />

IFA elections:<br />

Nomination process<br />

formally opens<br />

Nominations for the The Irish <strong>Farmer</strong>s’<br />

Association (IFA) elections can now be<br />

made.The nomination process will close on<br />

<strong>September</strong> 12, at 12:00p.m.<br />

Candidates running for president and deputy<br />

president require a nomination from their own<br />

County Executive and five other county chairpeople.<br />

Candidates running for regional chairperson<br />

require a nomination from their own<br />

County Executive.<br />

Deputy president Brian Rushe said: “All our<br />

branch officers, county officers and national<br />

officers are elected by farmers. The president<br />

and deputy president of IFA are elected<br />

directly by members. The opening of nominations<br />

is the beginning of that process.<br />

“In an era where we have lots of individuals<br />

and new groupings claiming to speak for farmers,<br />

and others claiming to know the minds of<br />

farmers, having a transparent and fully democratic<br />

process was never more important,”<br />

Rushe added.<br />

Election debates will take place throughout<br />

October, with voting beginning in November.<br />

The national count will take place in December.<br />

The IFA said that a schedule of meetings and<br />

the voting timetable will be finalised shortly.<br />

As announced by the IFA earlier in the year,<br />

the voting process for president and deputy<br />

president will be a hybrid model. Each member<br />

will receive their ballot papers in the post.<br />

They will have the option of bringing their ballot<br />

to their branch annual general meeting<br />

(AGM) or returning it by post.<br />

According to Rushe, this system has been put<br />

in place in order to make it “as convenient as<br />

possible” for members to use their vote.<br />

Another change will see the president, deputy<br />

president, and regional chairpeople elected for<br />

a maximum of one four-year term, as opposed<br />

to the current two two-year terms.<br />

• Dairy Equipment & Automatic<br />

Calf Feeding Systems<br />

• Supplied & Installed<br />

Connor<br />

Dairy<br />

Services<br />

086 2519 512<br />

ctrconnor@icloud.com<br />

Now Recruiting Dairy Technicians


<strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Falling<br />

beef prices<br />

costing<br />

farmers<br />

€2m per<br />

week –<br />

Cullinan<br />

The Irish <strong>Farmer</strong>s’<br />

Association (IFA) is<br />

estimating that<br />

falling beef prices are<br />

currently costing<br />

Irish farmers around<br />

€2 million per week.<br />

The association said<br />

that the gap between<br />

Irish beef price and<br />

the Bord Bia export<br />

benchmark price currently<br />

stands at<br />

19c/kg, and is continuing<br />

to widen.<br />

IFA president Tim<br />

Cullinan is calling on<br />

meat factories to<br />

immediately address<br />

this gap which he<br />

said is costing the<br />

Irish livestock sector<br />

millions.<br />

“We estimate that<br />

the gap between the<br />

export benchmark<br />

price and the Irish<br />

beef price is costing<br />

the Irish beef farmers<br />

about €2 million<br />

per week at the<br />

moment.<br />

“This is at a time<br />

where farmers are<br />

really struggling due<br />

to bad weather and<br />

escalating costs,” he<br />

said.<br />


The IFA president<br />

said that “farmers<br />

need every cent that<br />

is in the market to be<br />

returned to them”.<br />

“Instead of closing<br />

the gap with the<br />

benchmark price, factories<br />

are going in the<br />

other direction with<br />

beef price,” he said.<br />

Cullinan said that<br />

while beef prices<br />

internationally are<br />

on a downward trend,<br />

the recent declines in<br />

Irish prices have been<br />

much steeper than<br />

what has occurred in<br />

other markets.<br />

IFA National Livestock<br />

Committee<br />

chair, Brendan Golden<br />

added: “It’s about<br />

time factories started<br />

supporting farmers<br />

instead of shortchanging<br />

them which<br />

is clearly the case at<br />

the moment.”<br />

As reported<br />

recently, factory<br />

quotes for finished<br />

cattle this week have<br />

continued to fall with<br />

most outlets reducing<br />

quotes by an further<br />

5c/kg across the<br />

board.<br />

Price quotes for<br />

heifers and bullocks<br />

(steers) have now<br />

fallen by approximately<br />

60c/kg since<br />

quotes peaked in<br />

April of this year.<br />


Revitalising rural Ireland’s old houses<br />

“I love seeing older houses on farms brought back to<br />

life but farmers have a set of obstacles like no-one else<br />

when it comes to bringing these buildings back into<br />

use,” Maggie Molloy, the presenter of the RTÉ programme<br />

‘Cheap Irish Homes’ said.<br />

“Some are lived in by the older generation until all<br />

the sons and daughters are sorted and living in their<br />

own houses and then when the main house becomes<br />

empty, it’s almost surplus to everyone’s needs,” she<br />

said.<br />

“You can’t easily sell it because it’s normally down in<br />

the middle of the farm and even renting it isn’t<br />

straightforward, with a working farmyard more than<br />

likely based outside the back door.<br />

“But these older buildings within a farm contain so<br />

much history when it comes to the families that were<br />

reared in them.<br />

“Even the traditions practiced inside their walls and<br />

the memories associated with ancestors now gone are<br />

so important,” she added.<br />

“The solution may not be as straightforward as a simple<br />

switch over once the house is vacated, but even<br />

maintaining and valuing the building until the next<br />

generation is grown could see some willing grandchild<br />

raise their hand, ready to take on granny’s old place,”<br />

Maggie said.<br />

This is the 4th season of ‘Cheap Irish Homes’ in<br />

which Maggie presents people interested in older properties<br />

around the country with options to meet their<br />

requirements and budget.<br />

“Never in my wildest dreams did I expect the series to<br />

be so popular,” she said.<br />

“I always thought I was in the minority when it came<br />

to old houses. But it turns out a lot of people around the<br />

country are willing to roll up their sleeves and take on<br />

a renovation project,” she said.<br />

“I think in a small way we have managed to change<br />

thinking about how derelict or dilapidated houses in<br />

rural areas can be revamped to provide housing for<br />

people.<br />

“I see so many empty cottages and farmhouses now<br />

being rented, sold, renovated or just passed on to family<br />

members and I think before the show and before my<br />

Instagram feed, the conversation around these older<br />

houses just wasn’t happening on such a national scale.<br />

“I even hope we played some part in opening the government’s<br />

eyes to the potential in old vacant houses.<br />

The new grant we have for these houses offers home<br />

buyers some much needed money to invest in essential<br />

upgrades,” she said.<br />


We have absolutely been too quick to demolish in the<br />

past, Maggie contended.<br />

“There’s a phrase I hear constantly and every time it<br />

comes up it just makes me worried for the state of the<br />

houses we have left. It’s; ‘Sure it’d be cheaper to knock<br />

that and rebuild’,” she said.<br />

“Firstly, in a lot of cases, this simply isn’t true.<br />

“If you want to turn your three-roomed cottage into a<br />

five-bedroom bungalow complete with glass box extension,<br />

then maybe, but if all you plan to do is insulate it,<br />

upgrade your windows and fit a new kitchen then it’s a<br />

fantastic home for you,” Maggie said.<br />

“A lot of vacant houses around rural Ireland already<br />

have all their services, internal bathrooms, sitting<br />

rooms, bedrooms, kitchens and roofs. And these kinds<br />

of houses don’t need as much done to them as people<br />

think.”<br />

Maggie is delighted that there are new grants now<br />

that will incentivise the owners of derelict houses to do<br />

them up.<br />

“The vacant property refurbishment grant makes<br />

€50,000 available to people willing to renovate a house<br />

Maggie Molloy<br />

that has been empty for at least two years,” she said.<br />

“If the house is classed as derelict you can apply for a<br />

further top up of €20,000 and if you have a traditional<br />

farmhouse and are considering applying for the grant,<br />

you can get an additional allowance of up to €7,500 for<br />

expert conservation advice on how to refurbish your<br />

property.”<br />


“Covid-19 changed a lot of things for a lot of people<br />

and definitely there’s a buzz about living in rural Ireland<br />

like I’ve never seen before.<br />

“Sure it’s expensive to run a car and you can’t get the<br />

bus everywhere, but rents and mortgages are more<br />

affordable and remote working is making the move a<br />

realistic option for a lot of people who never dreamed<br />

they’d have the chance at a better way of life,” contended<br />

Maggie.<br />

“If we embrace this new found bubble of enthusiasm<br />

for rural Ireland by encouraging young people to live<br />

here, incentivising them to set up new businesses here,<br />

to work from home if their broadband is good enough,<br />

to set up co-working spaces in our towns and villages if<br />

the broadband is better in there, then everything will<br />

snowball.<br />

“Other supporting businesses will come, the local<br />

mechanics will be back, the corner shop will re-open,<br />

the pubs will be alive again, our schools will fill again,<br />

and it could very easily in our lifetime all come back to<br />

how it was, only better than before.<br />

“It’s been a long time since people have so openly on a<br />

national scale talked about moving out of our cities<br />

and into the countryside, but it’s ours to lose if we<br />

don’t fight for it.”<br />

Maggie has been inundated with requests to do follow-ups<br />

to give an insight into whether people featured<br />

on the programmes bought the properties showcased<br />

on the series.<br />

“I’d love to do a follow up show and we’re currently<br />

exploring the possibility of doing one,” she said.

<strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Over 90% of Irish households<br />

throw out food – research<br />

A total of 82% of people in Ireland are concerned<br />

about food waste in their household yet<br />

94% are still throwing out food, according to<br />

new research from SuperValu.<br />

Of those people concerned about food waste<br />

in their household, 80% would like to reduce<br />

their food waste. Fruit is the most common<br />

food item thrown out by Irish households.<br />

Bananas, apples and strawberries are the<br />

fruit thrown out the most. Lettuce, carrots and<br />

potatoes are the top three vegetables most<br />

likely to be binned, SuperValu said.<br />

Spoilage, expiration and overbuying are the<br />

three most common reasons for food waste in<br />

Irish households, the research, commissioned<br />

as part of SuperValu’s ‘Take Local Action,<br />

Make Global Impact’ campaign, found.<br />


Ireland generated a total of 753,000t of food<br />

waste in 2021, of which households accounted<br />

for 29%, according to latest figures by the Environmental<br />

Protection Agency (EPA).<br />

On an annual basis, each person throws out<br />

44kg of food which costs the average Irish<br />

household about €700 every year. Nationally,<br />

that’s a cost of €1.29 billion, the EPA said.<br />

While 89% of people are making a conscious<br />

effort to reduce their food waste, only 32% of<br />

the 1,200 surveyed adults regularly use leftovers,<br />

the research found.<br />

A weekly meal plan is prepared by 44% of<br />

people and 36% said they portion correctly.<br />

Survey results also show that 10% of people<br />

never use leftovers when cooking.<br />

Shopping better, freezing food and using leftovers<br />

are the most popular ways by which people<br />

are reducing food waste.<br />


The ‘Take Local Action, Make Global Impact’<br />

campaign aims to showcase how collectively,<br />

small lifestyle changes can lead to bigger<br />

global impacts.<br />

Speaking about the initiative, head of sustainability<br />

at SuperValu, Owen Keogh, said<br />

that research shows that people want to make<br />

changes but sometimes don’t know where to<br />

start.<br />

“Across all our digital channels and in-store,<br />

we will be encouraging and highlighting ways<br />

people can take small local actions that can<br />

contribute to a global impact,” he said.<br />

“From recipes to help reduce food waste with<br />

recycling tips and highlighting in-store the<br />

extensive plant-based options and range of<br />

locally sourced Irish products,” he said.<br />

SuperValu estimates that if the average<br />

household reduces its food waste by 50%,<br />

greenhouse gas (GHG) emission per person<br />

could be reduced by 37.4kg.<br />

Improving Ireland’s recycling rate by 10%<br />

could yield a 13kg GHG emissions reduction<br />

per household, according to SuperValu which<br />

aims to cut food waste in their operations by<br />

50% by 2030.<br />

Recommended dairy servings<br />

for children cost 65c/day<br />

The recommended three servings a day of<br />

dairy for children costs an average of 65c,<br />

according to a new back-to-school survey.<br />

The survey, carried out by the National Dairy<br />

Council (NDC), examined the cost of including<br />

a portion of milk, yogurt or cheese in children’s<br />

lunch boxes.<br />

This included comparing the prices of dairy<br />

products in four Irish supermarkets: Dunnes<br />

Stores; Tesco; SuperValu and Aldi.<br />

The survey found that it costs an average of<br />

21c for a 200ml serving of milk, 14c for a 25g<br />

serving of hard cheese, and 30c for a 125g pot of<br />

yogurt.<br />

This comes at a time when food price inflation<br />

in Ireland is running at more than 10%.<br />


19<br />

Planning for 2024<br />

on tillage farms<br />

Planning for 2024 will start to rise up the<br />

pecking order of importance for tillage farmers<br />

over the coming weeks.<br />

Growers of oilseed rape have already started<br />

this planting process with crop plantings now<br />

underway.<br />

They will be quickly followed by farmers<br />

drilling winter cereals, weather permitting,<br />

over the coming weeks.<br />

Getting the correct crop mix on a farm correct<br />

is important, in order to spread risk. But<br />

rotation also plays a key part in adhering to<br />

Department of Agriculture, Food and the<br />

Marine (DAFM) regulations.<br />

On the latest Tillage Edge podcast, Teagasc<br />

tillage specialist Shay Phelan confirmed the<br />

breadth and scope of the new Good Agricultural<br />

and Environmental Condition (GAEC)<br />

regulations.<br />

He explained that tillage farmers, when<br />

signing-up for the new Basic Income Support<br />

for Sustainability (BISS) payments, also committed<br />

to maintaining a number of farm management<br />

standards.<br />

Phelan said: “Many of these would have<br />

been covered by the previous greening regulations.<br />

These would have included the likes of<br />

buffer strips along water courses.<br />

“Also included would have been the two and<br />

three-crop rule.”<br />

According to Phelan, there are now a total of<br />

9 GAEC regulations in place. And tillage<br />

farmers will be familiar with the subject<br />

areas covered by these measures.<br />

These include the likes of specifying the criteria<br />

that must be followed when ploughingup<br />

grassland. Another relates to the<br />

restrictions placed on burning arable stubbles.<br />

However, there are a number of new regulations<br />

covered by the GAEC measures, which<br />

specifically relate to tillage farmers.<br />

“The crop rotation measures that are covered<br />

in GAEC 7 will be new to tillage farmers<br />

as are the new catch crop regulations that are<br />

linked back to the new nitrates measures,”<br />

Phelan added.<br />

“The main GAEC measures that will be of<br />

direct interest to tillage farmers are the following.<br />

“GAEC 1 relates to the ploughing up of<br />

grassland; GAEC 3 relates to the prohibition<br />

of burning arable stubbles. GAEC 4 covers<br />

the need to place buffer strips adjacent to<br />

waterways. These have been increased from<br />

2m to 3m. The width increases further to 6m<br />

for late harvested crops.<br />

“GAEC 5 deals with measures that reduce<br />

the risk of soil degradation and erosion.<br />

GAEC 6 deals with the issues of maintaining<br />

soil cover and reducing poaching. This is the<br />

condition that is causing a lot of commentary<br />

at the moment,” he said.<br />

DAIRY<br />

The Department of Health’s recommendations<br />

for healthy eating includes three servings<br />

from the ‘milk, yogurt and cheese’ food<br />

group for those aged 5-8 years; with five servings<br />

recommended for 9-18 year olds, due to the<br />

importance of calcium during this life stage.<br />

“Back to school is one of the most expensive<br />

times of the year for parents and, with food<br />

prices rising across the board, it has never<br />

been more challenging to feed a family affordably<br />

whilst also guaranteeing that kids get a<br />

healthy balanced diet,” Dr. Mary Harrington,<br />

senior nutritionist with NDC, said.<br />

“Our survey of supermarket prices found<br />

that the recommended three servings of dairy<br />

per day for 5-8 year olds, costs on average €0.65,<br />

so putting a dairy product in your child’s<br />

lunchbox provides excellent value for money<br />

while also packing a real nutritional punch.<br />

“One serving each of milk, yogurt and<br />

cheese, provides a wide range of nutrients,<br />

including calcium, protein, iodine, phosphorus<br />

and B vitamins – all of which play an<br />

important role in your kid’s health,” she<br />



<strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong>

<strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Number of students in school<br />

milk scheme decreasing<br />


21<br />

Over 90,000 farmers<br />

registered on<br />

National Fertiliser<br />

Database<br />

The number of students participating in the<br />

EU School Milk Scheme has decreased for the<br />

second year in a row by over 7,000 students<br />

compared to the previous year.<br />

The number of pupils that participated in the<br />

scheme for the 2021/2022 school year was<br />

35,782.<br />

A total of 42,998 participated in the 2020/2021<br />

academic year, while in contrast 55,042 students<br />

participated for the 2019/2020 year.<br />

The number of schools that participated for<br />

the 2021/2022 school year, including preschools,<br />

primary and secondary schools, was<br />

1,750.<br />

This was a rise from the previous year, when<br />

533 schools participated.<br />

This reduction in figures may be due to the<br />

Covid-19 pandemic as schools were closed<br />

between January and April 2021.<br />

During this period a home-delivery programme<br />

ran, which provided weekly deliveries<br />

of food parcels containing portions of fruit,<br />

vegetables, milk and cheese directly to homes<br />

or to a designated collection point.<br />


The EU School Milk Scheme has operated in<br />

Ireland since 1982, with the objective of “promoting<br />

and encouraging” the consumption of<br />

milk among school children.<br />

Milk is supplied to the schools on a charged<br />

basis by their local participating dairy co-operative.<br />

To pay the cost an annual budget of €250 million<br />

is allocated and a parental contribution<br />

applies. The EU contribution is used to reduce<br />

this parental cost.<br />

The scheme is managed through the National<br />

Dairy Council (NDC).<br />

The NDC said it is “concerned” that many<br />

Irish children are not getting enough calcium<br />

in their diets.<br />

NDC set up ‘Moo Crew’ to address the situation<br />

and increase awareness of the “importance”<br />

of milk in diets. It wanted to show that<br />

milk, yogurt and cheese are part of a “balanced<br />

diet”.<br />

NDC runs web-based lesson plans on the<br />

importance of dairy through this programme<br />

The Department of Agriculture, Food and<br />

the Marine (DAFM), together with the NDC<br />

has began working on a devised model of<br />

implementation to halt the decline and<br />

increase participation.<br />

The model will focus on “enhanced communication,<br />

new accompanying measures and the<br />

reduction of the parental contribution”.<br />

Over 90,000 farmers are registered on the<br />

National Fertiliser Database which has came<br />

into effect last Friday, <strong>September</strong> 1, the Department<br />

of Agriculture, Food and the Marine<br />

(DAFM) has said.<br />

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the<br />

Marine, Charlie McConalogue welcomed the<br />

“fantastic level” of engagement with registration<br />

and urged remaining farmers to sign up.<br />

Any farmer or other professional fertiliser<br />

end user who wishes to purchase fertiliser,<br />

including lime, must be registered as a professional<br />

fertiliser end user with the DAFM.<br />

<strong>Farmer</strong>s, or their agents can register on<br />

agfood.ie. Those farmers involved in the<br />

import of fertiliser, farm-to-farm transfers,<br />

and/or retail sale of fertiliser must also register<br />

as fertiliser economic operators.<br />

Thanking every farmer that has registered<br />

for the National Fertiliser Database, Minister<br />

McConalogue commented: “There has been<br />

phenomenal engagement with the new system<br />

by farmers and their agents which further<br />

demonstrates farmers’ willingness to embrace<br />

positive changes.<br />

“Registration is a very simple process. I<br />

encourage those who have yet to register to do<br />

so as soon as possible to avoid any potential<br />

disruption to their farming operations.”<br />


From last Friday all fertiliser imports into<br />

the state must be notified to the database<br />

within 72 hours of import, and all data on fertiliser<br />

transactions must be recorded by fertiliser<br />

economic operators.<br />

Department officials will be available at the<br />

National Ploughing Championships later this<br />

month to assist with any queries or difficulties<br />

regarding registration or use of the National<br />

Fertiliser Database.<br />

www.johndixonplanthire.ie<br />


087 813 1099 / 087 416 1181<br />

Sarsfieldstown, Killucan, Co Westmeath<br />

▲<br />

▲<br />

▲<br />

▲<br />

▲<br />

▲<br />

▲<br />

▲<br />

GPS Dozers and GPS Diggers<br />

Land reclamation (Bull Dozer work, land<br />

drainage, bulk excavation, site clearance)<br />

Pitch development<br />

Low emission slurry spreading, umbilical/<br />

trail and shoe<br />

Hedgecutting flailing/ sawing and track<br />

machines supplied with mulcher head<br />

Precision chop cut pit silage with various<br />

chop lengths to suit customer requirements<br />

Fusion Baling<br />

Dung spreading


<strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Coleman Livestock<br />


‘Never too early’ to start<br />

succession planning- Macra<br />






GET THE<br />


WANT, NOT<br />


YOU ARE<br />

GIVEN<br />

ALL<br />

STOCK<br />


& DOSED<br />





MICHAEL: 087 674 2351<br />

<strong>Farmer</strong>s have been called on to look to the<br />

future by Macra president Elaine Houlihan,<br />

who said that it is “never too early” to commence<br />

succession planning.<br />

Under the new Succession Planning Advice<br />

Grant (SPAG), farmers aged 60 years and above<br />

will be provided with a maximum payment of<br />

€1,500 to seek succession planning advice.<br />

Macra welcomed the launch of the new<br />

scheme which opened on 19 <strong>September</strong>, by<br />

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine,<br />

Charlie McConalogue.<br />

While the payment of up to €1,500 is welcomed<br />

and will assist in generational renewal,<br />

the Macra president said it will “not on its own<br />

move the dial” from the current low percentage<br />

of young farmers.<br />

Speaking after the announcement, she said:<br />

“This is not the first time that financial incentives<br />

have been introduced to facilitate succession.<br />

We have the €5,000 tax credit available for<br />

succession partnerships since 2017.<br />

“We have approximately 280 financial supports<br />

available under CAP [Common Agricultural<br />

Policy], yet less than 7% of farmers are<br />

under the age of 35.<br />

“Given that over one third of all farmers are<br />

over the age of 65, it is imperative for the<br />

future of our industry that farmers engage<br />

with services such as the Land Mobility service,”<br />

Houlihan added.<br />

Macra continues to work with the Department<br />

of Agriculture, Food and the Marine<br />

(DAFM) and the government in the development<br />

of its succession scheme.<br />

The organisation’s succession scheme will<br />

“deliver significant change in Irish farming<br />

circles and will be a model for the rest of the<br />

EU to emulate”, Macra said.<br />


The new scheme with a maximum payment<br />

of €1,500 to help farmers seek succession planning<br />

advice, will cover up to half of vouched<br />

legal, accounting, and advisory costs.<br />

<strong>Farmer</strong>s aged 60 years or above must be<br />

farming a minimum of 3ha of land for at least<br />

two years prior to making their application.<br />

Applications will be open until the end of<br />

<strong>2023</strong>, with the first tranche payment being<br />

made in the first quarter (Q1) of 2024.<br />

An online information webinar for the new<br />

scheme is scheduled for 6 <strong>September</strong> at<br />

7:00p.m.<br />

SCALLY<br />



Stockists of Concrete<br />

Troughs and Cubicle Beds<br />




6’6’’ TO 16’6’’<br />




Tel: 044 922 3211<br />

Mob: 087 793 3736<br />

Kilbeggan,<br />

Co. Westmeath<br />

PG Plant<br />

& Agri Hire<br />

All areas of agri and construction<br />

hire covered from digger,<br />

concrete, haulage and hedge<br />

cutting both saw and fail.<br />

padraic@pgplanthire.com<br />

085 768 1786<br />

Milltownpass<br />

Mullingar<br />

Co Westmeath<br />



Mullingar Bus. Pk,<br />

Mullingar<br />

Tel. 044 934 7440<br />

For all your agri feed<br />

and hardware needs<br />

Suppliers of pet food<br />

Open<br />

Monday - Friday 9-6pm<br />

Saturday 9-1pm<br />

Call in to<br />

view our<br />

large range<br />

of stock<br />

in our<br />

extended shop<br />












Extensive knowledge in<br />

design and build to suit<br />

your requirements<br />

087 2501 275<br />


<strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Children in rural areas have<br />

better immune systems – study<br />


23<br />

FDI calls for food<br />

sector support in<br />

budget submission<br />

Children raised in rural environments, who<br />

spend a lot of time outdoors with some exposure<br />

to animals, grow to have better regulated<br />

immune systems than children living in urban<br />

environments, a new study has found.<br />

The research, led by APC Microbiome Ireland<br />

(APC) and University College Cork (UCC),<br />

shows that the early development of immune<br />

systems is highly dependent on a child’s living<br />

environment and lifestyle.<br />

The immune system must learn not to overrespond<br />

in early life in order to avoid excessive<br />

reactions in later life that can lead to disease.<br />

STUDY<br />

The study focused on children in South<br />

Africa aged from 15-35 months who were living<br />

in both rural and urban areas.<br />

The scientists examined how environmental<br />

factors are linked with the presence of atopic<br />

dermatitis (AD) or eczema.<br />

Researchers found that the immune systems<br />

of children living in rural areas possess several<br />

ways of identifying and dealing with<br />

threats.<br />

During childhood, our bodies develop multiple<br />

immune pathways in response to “protective<br />

exposures”, such as time spent outdoors<br />

and with animals, and “potentially detrimental<br />

exposures”, including pollutants and<br />

viruses.<br />

The findings of the study support a body of<br />

evidence that exposure to certain environmental<br />

stimuli and lifestyle factors during childhood<br />

can have significant consequences on a<br />

person’s short- and long-term health.<br />

The research was conducted by APC Microbiome<br />

Ireland and UCC with the University of<br />

Cape Town, Swiss Institute of Allergy and<br />

Asthma Research, Stanford University and<br />

Karolinska Institute.<br />

Prof. Liam O’Mahony, APC principal investigator<br />

and UCC professor of Immunology, led<br />

the study.<br />

“This ‘immunological window of opportunity’<br />

plays a critical role in establishing the<br />

limitations and reaction trajectories of our<br />

immune system that stay with us for life and<br />

influence the risk of immune mediated diseases,”<br />

he said.<br />

“These protective and detrimental early life<br />

environmental exposures help shape our<br />

immune response.<br />

“Growing our understanding of the mechanisms<br />

and role of environment on immune<br />

development is highly important, and research<br />

such as this can help pave the way for new<br />

developments in early disease diagnosis and<br />

expediting interventions for more specific and<br />

safe modulation of immune activity,” Prof.<br />

O’Mahony added.<br />

Food Drink Ireland (FDI) has published its<br />

Budget 2024 submission which calls for additional<br />

supports for the food sector to assist its<br />

development into a low carbon economy.<br />

FDI, the Ibec group representing the food<br />

and drink sector, is seeking incentives to support<br />

investments in low carbon processes.<br />

Paul Kelly, FDI director said: “High levels of<br />

input cost inflation (energy and commodities)<br />

are impacting on margins, competitiveness,<br />

and investment decisions.<br />

“At the same time, there is an increased<br />

need to build resilience against high ongoing<br />

energy costs and wider competitiveness pressures<br />

whilst investing heavily in low carbon /<br />

resource efficient processes and accelerating<br />

digital transformation measures.”<br />

For the food and drink sector to achieve its<br />

emissions reductions targets in agriculture,<br />

the FDI has stated it will require significant<br />

government support.<br />

The agriculture emission reduction target of<br />

-25% by 2030, and a reduction target of -35%<br />

for the industry sector by the same period<br />

“will require significant government support<br />

to assist the food sector in the transition to a<br />

low carbon economy in the decades ahead”<br />

according to the FDI director.<br />

The FDI budget submission also calls for<br />

Brexit Adjustment Reserve (BAR) funding to<br />

be extended into 2024 to “future proof the sector<br />

from the increased costs of trade due to<br />

Brexit” and for “measures to support the<br />

experience economy’s competitiveness and<br />

productivity”.<br />

Moate, Co. Westmeath<br />

Mobile: 086 252 8219<br />

Portlaoise, Co Laois<br />

gaffeybrosagril@gmail.com<br />

086 2433 721<br />

087 656 2625<br />




AIDAN<br />



Bracknagh, Co Offaly<br />

• Water Well and Geothermal<br />

Borehole Drilling<br />

• Your own private water<br />

source<br />

• Geothermal Boreholes cost<br />

and energy efficient<br />




Contact:<br />

Tel: 045 528981<br />

Mob: 087 2445685<br />

Email: aidandempseywelldrilling@yahoo.ie<br />


Killucan, Co. Westmeath.<br />

Ph: 044 931 7035 / 085 811 4444<br />

www.rkc.ie<br />

- Silage Maize<br />

- Miscanthus and Willow<br />

Cutting Land Drainage<br />

- Structural Steelworks<br />

- Groundworks<br />

- Cobble Blocking<br />

- New Builds and Extensions


<strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Millennium House, Unit 2, Athlone Road,<br />

Ballymahon, Co. Longford, N39YW40<br />

Phone: (090) 643 2498<br />

James Gorham<br />

+353 87 193 4045<br />

james@eliteenergies.ie<br />

Graham Williamson<br />

+353 87 932 9530<br />

graham@eliteenergies.ie<br />

Elite Energies specialize in the current TAMS 3 Grant<br />

Scheme offered to <strong>Farmer</strong>s. You can receive a grant of<br />

60% (Ts & Cs apply).<br />

Elite Energies will assist you with your application &<br />

submission - a one-stop shop to clean free energy. TAMS<br />

3 also allows you to power your domestic farmhouse and<br />

return surplus electricity to the National Grid.<br />

Discover savings and energy independence with solar<br />

panels for farming. Use the very latest solar PV<br />

technologies & quickly maximise your return on investment.<br />

Elite Energies latest technology glass deliver clean energy,<br />

helping you lower bills and prepare your farm for the future.<br />

Based in Longford and operating our Solar PV installation<br />

business nationwide, we fit only premium latest technology<br />

glass panels. We design, supply, install and commission<br />

Solar PV systems to vastly reduce electricity bills for both<br />

homes and businesses.<br />

Our premium latest technology glass on glass<br />

PV panels save you money on electricity bills.<br />

Homeowners can offset solar panel cost using<br />

solar pv Ireland grants with Elite Energies Solar<br />

Panels Ireland.<br />


Hooray! Your file is uploaded and ready to be published.

Saved successfully!

Ooh no, something went wrong!