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.

KT farm improvement deadline extended
The deadline for submission of data for farm improvement plans has been extended to facilitate weather conditions.

A two-week extension to the date for submission of farm improvement plans in the Knowledge Transfer (KT) Scheme has been granted. Farmers now have until 14 August to submit their plans. However, the 31 July deadline for holding meetings of KT groups remains in place.

Processing will begin on cases submitted by the original 31 July deadline in order to ensure that any impact on payment timelines is minimised, the Department has said.

“This extension has arisen on foot of concerns expressed in relation to the amount of resources currently being dedicated by advisory services to assisting farmers in dealing with the current weather conditions,” Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed said.

Creed urged all participants in KT groups to submit their farm improvement plan data as soon as possible.

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Weekend weather: close and humid
The outlook from Met Éireann is for close and humid weather much of the time, but mixed. Some bright or sunny spells at times, but cloudy, misty, damp periods too.

The best of any sunshine will be over Ulster later on Friday. Top temperatures 17 to 21°C, best in parts of east Munster and south Leinster. Moderate southwest winds this morning will become northwesterly later.

Mild and misty Friday night with a mix of clear spells and cloudy periods. Some patches of drizzle in places early on, but generally dry.

Saturday

Largely dry and bright on Saturday. Some hazy sunshine, but cloudy periods too, especially so over parts of Ulster and Connacht, where some drizzle is likely later in the day in Atlantic coastal areas. Top temperatures 17 to 21°C, in just light to moderate southwesterly breezes.

Saturday night

Mild and misty overnight. Some patches of drizzle will develop along the northwest coast, but most other areas should be dry. Lowest temperatures 11 to 14°C in light variable or southwesterly breezes.

Sunday

Close and humid in light to moderate southwesterly breezes. Rather cloudy and misty generally, with scattered patches of drizzle and fog about. These mainly over Ulster and Connacht. But dry, bright spells will develop too, with some sunshine coming through at times. Highs of 18 to 20°C in many northern and western areas, but values in the low to mid-20s elsewhere, best of all in sunny breaks. Humid and misty overnight also, with occasional drizzle about and lows of 14 or 15°C.

Monday

Remaining close and humid, but rather mixed. Some dry, bright spells, but cloudy, misty periods too, with occasional rain and patches of fog. Top temperatures 18 to 20°C in many western and northern areas, but in the low 20s over more southern and eastern areas.

Tuesday

Fresher for Tuesday, with bright or sunny spells, but some cloudy periods at times too. Mostly dry, with any showers light and very well scattered. Highs of 16 to 20°C in just moderate southwesterly breezes.

Management notes

Drought conditions, housing bulls and farm safety are all topics for this week's beef management notes.

In dairy this week, Aidan Brennan looks at reducing grass demand, the outlook for grass growth and says farmers should stay positive during the drought.

This week's sheep management notes cover drought management, worm burdens, blowfly strike and cobalt supplementation.

And in tillage, with grain yields appearing to be down on recent years, the option to grow forage catch crops might help to bolster the yield loss.