Agri-jobs: hide trimmers wanted and a shared milking opportunity in Kildare
Check out the top five agri jobs this week, where skilled hide and skin trimmers are wanted, there is the chance of a shared milking agreement in Kildare and stockpersons are required.

Skilled hide and skin trimmers – Offaly

J & M & Son Exports Ltd in Edenderry, Co Offaly, is seeking skilled hide and skin trimmers.

The successful candidates will have to work as part of a team in a factory environment cutting, trimming, salting and palleting hides and skins to specification and at line speed.

The role involves working towards challenging production targets and requires a significant amount of lifting. Experience in the meat, hide and skin industries is essential with a minimum two years’ experience required.

For more details on this position, click here.

Pig stockperson - Cavan

Kiernan Pig Farms is looking to hire a pig stockperson to work in its units in Cavan.

The role will involve general pig work, but will mainly focus on dry sow management. The role will also include general day-to-day jobs in other areas of the unit.

The applicant must have commercial pig experience, mainly dry sow experience, with a minimum of two to three years’ experience. Accommodation available.

For more information, click here.

General farm worker/milker - Kerry

A farm worker is required for an 84-cow dairy herd in Co Kerry.

The applicant must be an all-rounder who can milk, with the farmer open to the applicant milking somewhere else in the morning and starting with him at 10am and doing the evening milking.

Accommodation is available in a newly refurbished house.

Click here to apply for this job.

Farm manager/assistant – Kildare

Saturn Farms is looking for someone to assist with the running of its 400-cow farm near Dunlavin, Co Kildare.

The position would suit a person with the goal of going sharemilking. The farm takes pride in the support and mentoring it offers all its team members to help them succeed in their roles and progress in the industry.

For further information, click here.

Tractor driver - Laois

An agricultural contractor in Co Laois is looking for a tractor driver to join its outfit.

The successful candidate must have previous tractor-driving experience. Accommodation is also available if required.

For further details on this position, click here.

Tractor run and BBQ raises €12,000 for charity
The FCI has raised a substantial sum of money for six charities from their annual tractor run and BBQ.

Up to €12,000 was raised by the Association of Farm Contractors in Ireland (FCI) through its annual charity BBQ and auction held on 15 July in Co Meath.

Contractor brothers Patrick, Peter and Michael Farrelly hosted the event, which also included the Mickey Farrelly Tractor Run in memory of their late father.

To date, the FCI annual charity BBQ and auctions have raised over €115,000

The event saw a strong attendance and was supported by a large number of food suppliers.

“We are indebted to all of the generous food suppliers who supported us in staging the 2018 FCI charity BBQ. We also thank the contributions from the huge attendance, which have provided us with the opportunity to support so many worthwhile charities," said FCI general secretary Peter Farrelly.

“To date, the FCI annual charity BBQ and auctions have raised over €115,000 for many local and national charities,” he said.

The six charities that received money included:

  • Meath Palliative Care (€3,500)
  • Save our Sons & Daughters (SOSAD) (€2,000)
  • Support Organisation for Trisomy (SOFT) (€2,000)
  • Order of Malta, Kells (€1,000)
  • Order of Malta, Swords (€1,500)
  • Carnaross Community First Responders (€2,000)
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    TB compensation – concern over ‘subtle pressure’ on valuers
    The ICSA has stated that higher rates should be paid for higher-calibre cattle.

    Valuers who determine TB compensation rates should be given free rein to do their jobs without interruption from the Department of Agriculture, according to the ICSA.

    “When it comes to breeding stock, or animals with show potential, there has to be flexibility in the system to allow valuers to give an honest and true assessment of what an animal is worth.

    "In these cases, average price ranges from thousands of animals sold in marts each week is meaningless,” ICSA animal health and welfare chair Hugh Farrell said.

    Too much subtle pressure is being put on valuers

    Currently, a ceiling of €3,000 is applied for payments in respect of any individual bovine reactor animals.

    Exceptions are made for a €4,000 payment for one stock bull per breakdown or €5,000 for one pedigree stock bull.

    “[The] ICSA is concerned that too much subtle pressure is being put on valuers to avoid giving the real value of a high-calibre cow or heifer.

    While the farmer can appeal the valuation, so too can the Department

    “As it stands, the odds are stacked against a farmer who has TB reactors. While the farmer can appeal the valuation, so too can the Department.

    “Unless there is a strong body of evidence that a valuer is continuously getting it wrong, the Department should accept that, at times, there will be stock that are much more valuable than any paper exercise in average values.”

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    New beef group to be launched
    An 86-point plan to try to turn around the current issues within the beef industry is to be launched on Monday night.

    The Irish Farmers Journal understands a launch meeting will take place tonight in Co Meath of a newly formed group of beef farmers who have come together because of deep concerns over where the beef industry is going and the lack of profit for the primary producer.

    The Irish Farmers Journal has seen the launch document, which includes an 86-point plan to try to turn around the current issues within the beef industry.

    Number of phases

    The plan outlines a number of phases, which include several references to producer groups and outlines an aim to have “50% of the country’s beef cattle sold through producer groups in the next three years”.

    Under phase one, the group proposes to hand in a number of demands to factories and give them time to respond.

    If the response isn’t adequate, the group proposes “not to send any cattle to a factory under a set price” and “not to send cattle to a particular factory at short notice”.


    The group has also proposed a suckler-bred bonus to reflect the higher costs of suckler beef production.

    The Irish Farmers Journal understands that over 1,000 farmers have engaged with the group so far and the target for the group is to grow participant numbers very fast to add further strength to its calls to action.

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