A series of farm safety webinars will take place in April:

  • April 6 – Niamh Ryan, EMT, and Alison Holmes, physiotherapist, will cover farm first aid, prevention and cures for common farm related injuries.
  • April 13 – Peter Gohery, a farm accident survivor, will talk about his farm accident and what EMBRACE farm has to offer.
  • April 27 – Francis Bligh, Teagasc, will outline funding available under TAMS to improve farm safety, along with planning for safer methods of work.
  • Webinars will start at 8pm and will last approximately one hour. More details and Zoom links can be found at macra.ie.

    Agricultural College Challenges

    We were delighted that despite current restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Teagasc Agricultural College Challenges event took place over two evenings on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 March.

    This was made possible by technology and Macra na Feirme’s experience of running virtual competitive events – this year’s event ran with over 90 students taking part online.

    The first evening’s competitions focused on specialist skills in stock judging, horse confirmation, forestry specimen identification and horticulture plant identification.

    The second evening was an online (Kahoot) quiz. Sixty quick-fire questions across various land sector disciplines, along with general knowledge and fun rounds, tested knowledge, accuracy and speed.

    The accumulated scores from both evenings determined the overall winners, requiring both an individual and a team effort to win outright.

    The winners in the specialist skills category will receive plaques to commemorate their achievement:

  • Beef Stock Judging Competition – Gurteen College.
  • Sheep Stock Judging Competition – Ballyhaise Agriculture College.
  • Dairy Stock Judging Competition – Clonakilty Agriculture College.
  • Judging Horse Conformation Competition – Equitation Team Kildalton College.
  • Plant Identification Competition – Kildalton Horticulture College.
  • Forestry Tree Identification Competition – Ballyhaise Forestry College.
  • The winners of the specialist skills were entered into a draw for a prize that was secured by Macra Na Feirme and sponsored by Herdwatch Ireland. Clonakilty Agriculture College won that draw.

    The prize includes:

  • A Herdwatch gillet and hat.
  • A free six-month subscription to Herdwatch Ireland for the team members.
  • An individual prize of a €50 voucher, sponsored by Agridirect, went to the winner of the online quiz.

    Combining the individual and team efforts, the overall competition winner of the Colleges Challenges event 2021 perpetual shield was the National College of Amenity Horticulture, Botanic Gardens.

    Joe Hanlon, Teagasc, and Macra na Feirme would like to acknowledge all of the people, behind the scenes who made this event possible, including the sponsors of prizes, judges and the college staff who mentored and supported participants.