Agri jobs: business manager, farm assistant and summer job available
In this week’s agri jobs, we look at a summer job in Cork, a business manager’s position and the demand for a dairy herdsperson.

Dairy farm manager

A 170 -cow dairy herd near Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, is seeking a full-time farm manager. The right candidate will be involved in the running of the crossbred herd with modern infrastructure on the farm. An excellent remuneration package is available for the right candidate.

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Business development manager

The Solution group based in Wexford has an exciting position as senior manager, managing a team of regional managers to provide excellent service to its clients.

Applicants must have at least 10 years’ experience and a relevant degree/ practical knowledge of dairy farming. The job offers the chance for personal career development as part of a small management team.

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Farm assistant

Saturn Farms is looking for a farm assistant for its 400-cow herd farm near Dunlavin, Co Wicklow. The position will suit applicants who have the ambition of going share-milking in the future.

The successful candidate will be part of a mentoring environment that follows the ethos of the business.

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Farm assistant in Kerry

An 84-cow dairy herd is looking for a general farm worker who has an ability to work on the farm. The owner is offering flexible hours to the right candidate, as well as accommodation on site if required.

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Summer job in Cork

A dairy farm in Cork is offering the chance for a young applicant to develop their knowledge of the dairy industry. Accommodation is available and the successful applicant will be part of a learning environment.

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Summer holidays a high risk time for children on farms – HSA
The HSA and primary school principals have joined forces to promote farm safety before high-risk summer holiday period.

Summer holidays are a high-risk time for children who are off school and spend a lot of time on their family farm or visiting friends’ and relatives’ farms.

It is also a very busy time for farmers when much work needs to be done.

The Health and Safety Authority (HAS) and the Irish Primary Principals Network (IPPN) have issued a joint appeal to primary schools to promote a strong farm safety message to children before they break for the summer.

Farm accidents have claimed the lives of 23 children in the last decade and account for 11% of all farm fatalities over the period.

Farms remain the only workplace in Ireland where children still continue to die. Farm deaths involving children are always a horrific tragedy for families and heartbreaking for communities and schools alike.

The HSA website has numerous online farm safety resources for teachers to use in the classroom which can be covered in an interactive, fun and stimulating way. IPPN is supporting the HSA in communicating this important message to its members.

HSA education manager Joanne Harmon said: “Teachers can access a range of online farm safety resources for primary schools on our website at www.hsa.ie/education, under teacher supports and resources and some are available as gaeilge.

“These can be run on the classroom whiteboard or printed off to photocopy.

“The HSA’s elearning portal also hosts a short course entitled Keep Safe on the Farm which can be found at http://hsalearning.ie. This is aimed at primary school children and comes with teachers’ guidelines and is linked to the SPHE curriculum.”

Harmon added that farm safety is an explicit topic in the SPHE curriculum at primary level.

“Schools can make a real difference by empowering children to raising their own awareness of farm hazards and encouraging them to bring the safety message home to parents and grandparents,” she said.

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The PSNI's Cookstown unit said on its Facebook page that it joined two ambulances and paramedics at the scene in Coagh, Co Tyrone this Sunday.

"Two juveniles fell from a tractor being driven by a third juvenile," police said. "Both sustained injuries significant enough that they required transfer by ambulance to hospital. The tractor should not have been on the road and should not have been carrying passengers."

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