Agri jobs: dairy workers, tractor drivers and farm managers wanted
In this week’s agri jobs, there are opportunities in Munster, Leinster, America and Scotland writes Conor Sampson.

Farm assistant

A 140-cow dairy farm in Cork is seeking a farm worker for spring 2019. The herd is high EBI, grass-based and compact calving.

The successful candidate will be involved in milking, calf rearing, machinery work and general spring time jobs.

The hours are flexible and the role is part-time, with the possibility of permanency due to further expansion plans.

Experience is preferred but not essential. The farm is located 15 minutes from Cork city by car.

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Dairy farm worker

An experienced dairy farm worker is needed on a farm in north Cork. The successful candidate will avail of good facilities and work conditions.

Accommodation can be provided.

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Dairy herd manager

A dairy herd manager is required on a 600-cow farm in southwest Scotland.

The successful applicant will get the opportunity to lead a team in day to day management of a large dairy farm.

The farm has modern facilities and accommodation is provided.

Candidates must be experienced. Excellent remuneration is available depending on the candidate’s level of experience.

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Herdsperson

A farm in Co Kilkenny is looking for a reliable herdsperson.

The successful applicant must have a clean drivers licence and must also be willing to work every second weekend.

Competency in the areas of feeding, herding, bedding and machinery operation is required.

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Tractor driver and general operative

A sports grounds contractor in Newcastle, Co Dublin is seeking an experienced tractor driver and general operative.

The successful candidate must have a full driving licence, a good knowledge of machinery and be able to work as part of a team in a busy contracting business.

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Tractor driver

A merchant in Kilkenny requires a tractor driver. The successful candidate will be required to carry out bulk fertiliser spreading, loading shovel work as well as general store work.

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Dairy farm worker

A 200-cow dairy farm in Co Tipperary is looking for an enthusiastic farm worker. The successful candidate will avail of good farm facilities. Previous milking experience is necessary.

The position is full-time, with a salary of between €35,000 and €40,000 on offer.

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Machinery operator

American company Demaray Harvesting is seeking machinery operators to drive combines, tractors and trucks.

Successful applicants will be provided with H2A Visas. The working season will be from April until December.

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Dairy assistant

A dairy farm in Co Cork requires a dairy assistant. The successful applicant will avail of flexible hours and very good working conditions.

The farm is located near Mitchelstown.

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Dairy farm worker

A dairy farm worker/milker is needed on a Tipperary dairy farm.

The post is full-time, with set working times but it can be made part time for the right candidate.

The successful applicant must be experienced. The farm is located in the Mitchelstown area.

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Tractor driver

A busy Laois farm is seeking tractor drivers. Duties for the successful candidate will include spreading dung and slurry etc.

Candidates must have previous experience operating farm machinery.

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General farm worker

A livestock farm in Co Meath requires help during the lambing and calving season. The successful applicant must have a full driving licence.

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Farm manager

A role as a farm manager is available on a Co Cork farm. Candidates may apply to be considered for either a management role or a partnership role.

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Watch: new Agri Aware campaign to air in cinemas and on TV
The ‘Many Hats, One CAP’ advert is set to air on television and in cinemas in the coming weeks, with the campaign highlighting how important investment in agriculture is to the wider Irish economy.

This week, Agri Aware launched its new 'Many Hats, One CAP' TV and cinema advert.

Produced by Traction Marketing, the advert is part of a wider campaign which aims to promote and showcase how the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) affects everyday life in Ireland, whether that is subsidies paid to a farmer directly or the countless indirect knock-ons that keep rural Ireland alive.

The launch took place at Movies Dundrum, Dublin, on Thursday evening, where both the full and short versions of the advert where premiered for the first time on screen.

Rural landscape

The ad itself follows a day in the life of a number of characters who make up the rural landscape in Ireland.

From clips of rural entrepreneur and chef Edward Hayden cooking up a storm in his Graiguenamanagh cookery school, to farmer Kevin Moran up before dawn in Galway to milk his dairy herd, it gives viewers a glimpse into the role the agri-food industry plays.

Agriculture is a huge economic multiplier, which keeps rural Ireland alive

At the premiere, there was a panel of guest speakers which included Agri Aware chair Alan Jagoe and three of the stars in the ad; Hayden, Moran and Teagasc researcher Dr Dayle Johnston.

Hosted by Marty Morrissey, the panel reiterated the point that agriculture is a huge economic multiplier, which keeps rural Ireland alive, and the CAP is central to that.

Alan Jagoe spoke of the huge work, time and spend going behind the campaign.

“It costs money to put it out there, but consumers and society need to know where their money is going and who they are supporting.

"There needs to be an understanding and respect for the production costs and efforts that go into food production,” he stressed.

2016 FBD young farmer of the year Kevin Moran made the point that CAP itself “is not just one thing – a subsidy for a farmer - it is much more than that; it’s an investment in food security, an investment in rural economies and this investment is invaluable to rural Ireland”.

'Many Hats, One CAP' is a 12-month public information campaign that will go live across TV, radio, cinema, social media and print over the coming weeks.

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Farmers to lodge appeals over Castleblayney Mart next week
Around 40 of an estimated 100 farmers owed money by a collapsed Co Monaghan auctioneering firm have decided to pursue legal action against the Property Services Regulatory Authority.

Farmers left unpaid by the liquidation of EP Nugent Ltd, the company operating Castleblayney Mart, have decided to launch legal action against the Property Services Regulatory Authority (PSRA).

At a meeting on Thursday, attendees heard that one case against the PSRA failed, but won when it went to appeal.

Claim

Solicitor Paul McCormack told the Irish Farmers Journal that they have agreed to put “in a claim under the property services regulation Act 2011".

"Section 78 part three allows us to bring a claim. One case went forward to the Property Services Regulation Authority and was refused but went through to the property services appeal board and won.”

He says that the basis for the claim is that EP Nugent Ltd was trading “dishonestly” by not having a license.

“There’s 40 individual cases,” McCormack said, adding that the average claim is approximately €1,000.

“Nugent would like to see the farmers paid. There’s no guarantee it will happen. Claims had to be lodged within 12 months of the people finding out there was a problem. The liquidation was 9 April 2018 so we are up tight against the wire.”

McCormack advised that anyone who wants to make a claim should get in touch with his office at Thomas Street, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, or the IFA.

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Chlorothalonil ban ‘a hammer blow’ to tillage farmers
The Irish Grain Growers Group has come out against the discontinuation of chlorothalonil.

The discontinuation of chlorothalonil is a hammer blow to Irish tillage farmers, Irish Grain Growers Group chair Bobby Miller has said.

On Friday, the European Commission voted to ban chlorothalonil, a key ingredient in Bravo, which is used by tillage farmers to fight septoria and ramularia.

Cost-efficient product

“The one good thing about Bravo is that it is a cost-efficient product. There will be alternatives available in the future, but will be they be as cost-effective for the farmer and will they be as effective as Bravo,” Miller told the Irish Farmers Journal.

We have to stand back and allow imports of grains from all over the world

He also said that any alternative products will have to be tested in the Irish climate as well.

Miller also hit out at the importation of grain from around the world into Ireland.

“Yet we have to stand back and allow imports of grains from all over the world, with different standards applied, arrive into the country to be fed to livestock.

“We, as tillage farmers, are being made fools of by the EU talking out of both sides of their mouth.

"The Irish grain quality assurance system is a joke when our Irish grain can be mixed with any sort of grain and waste in merchants' and millers' processing plants,” he said.

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