DEAR SIR: I wish to comment on a number of articles in the Irish Farmers Journal of 24 June 2017. On the inside cover (page 2), there is a reference to farm safety and of course this should be paramount, most especially at this very busy time of year with heavy machinery at full capacity in order to ensure maximum work output so that the equally heavy payments can be met to the bank.

Contrasted with this, however, was an article on page 10 which referred to reports that some of the fields planted under GLAS are awash with rats.