Inside this week's Irish Farmers Journal
Brexit: Why no deal is a good deal for farmers, Creed rules out fodder relief scheme. Plus don’t miss your FREE 32-page Christmas Food magazine.

Christmas Food Magazine: Don’t miss our 32-page Christmas Food Magazine containing all you need for the perfect festive feast.

Machinery pull-out: Michael Collins got to see the latest updates to Manitou’s range of telescopic loaders, plus don’t miss our five page motoring special.

Pedigree pull-out: Massive crowds packed the ring at Elphin Mart over the weekend for the Charolais Christmas Cracker, writes Shane Murphy.

Agribusiness: Irish fertiliser importers are currently holding back from the nitrogen market as buyers closely watch the evolution of prices.

Livestock: Ciarán Lenehan looks in detail at the winter feeding situation on Tullamore Farm.

Martwatch: Coverage of trade at Enniskillen, Raphoe and Skibbereen marts.

Farm Buildings: Ensuring adequate ventilation in your sheds is vital. William Conlon spoke to JJ Lenehan, buildings officer with Teagasc to examine the different options available.

Focus supplement on energy: After years of inaction, Ireland’s renewable energy sector is about to be jolted awake by a number of regulation changes and support schemes.

Property: Three beef farms in the midlands have come up for sale with a combined guide price of €972,000.

Irish Country Living: Maia Dunphy speaks to us about her new book and her bid to unite a community of mothers.

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Farm Safety Week 2018 to focus on safety goals
Monday marks the start of the sixth annual farm safety week in Ireland and the UK, an initiative organised by the IFA. The message for this year’s campaign is: Your Health. Your Safety. Your Choice.

Farm Safety Week 2018, organised by the IFA, aimed at reducing farm accidents nationwide, is taking a slightly different approach this year.

Rather than focusing on agriculture’s poor safety record and stories of things going wrong, the campaign will highlight stories of when things go right, sharing good practices and demonstrating what "good safety" looks like.

Your Health. Your Safety. Your Choice

Farming continues to have one of the poorest safety records of any sector in Ireland. Last year 24 people lost their lives in farm accidents and 11 people have lost their lives so far in 2018.

Farm Safety Week is supported by a number of agencies, including the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and members of the Farm Safety Partnership Advisory Committee.

Commenting on the initiative, IFA president Joe Healy said that these “statistics are stark, but statistics don’t tell the whole story – they don’t tell you about the devastating impact a farm fatality has on families and communities; they don’t tell you the impact a farm accident can have on the rest of your life, on your ability to run the farm”.

New IFA farm safety initiative and health and safety appointment

This year the IFA is appointing a farm health and safety executive to implement a pilot farmer-to-farmer peer learning initiative at branch level, to advise farmers about potential risks and educate them to become safety ambassadors within their communities.

The farmers who get involved in the initiative will help to mentor each other by, for example, walking each other’s farms to identify potential risks and visualise how safety works in a real life situation.

This kind of informal learning has been shown to be effective, because the people involved have the potential to adapt the programme to meet their needs and develop their own approaches to improving safety on the farm, according to the association’s president.

Farmers must take responsibility to prioritise safety, especially when working with tractors and machinery, which are the biggest cause of fatal accidents

Under new management

William Shortall has been appointed as IFA health and safety executive to lead farm safety promotion and the new peer-to-peer mentoring initiative.

Shorthall has worked as a regional development officer with the IFA since 2007. He holds a diploma in agricultural engineering and has recently completed a higher diploma in safety, health and welfare at work. He will formally take up the new role on 1 September.

Sharon McGuinness, chief executive of the Health and Safety Authority, believes that “farming is still the most dangerous sector in which to work, although awareness of the issues is high”.

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has commented that "there are a lot of risks in farming, but farming doesn’t have to be a dangerous occupation if you are aware of the risks. We have definitely seen an increased awareness of farm safety, thanks to initiatives like Farm Safety Week”.

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Kerry Group announces milk price for June
Kerry Group is the most recent processor to announce its milk price.

Kerry Group has announced it will be holding its base milk price for June at 29.4c/l excluding VAT.

Lakeland and Glanbia

Lakeland Dairies, the first processor to announce its June milk price, opted to hold its base price at 30.15c/l excluding VAT.

Glanbia Ireland has increased its base milk price to 29.4c/l. Co-op members will also receive a drought support payment of 1c/l.

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