Farm Ireland

Monday 24 July 2017

In brief: June milk surge revealed by CSO

Figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) have confirmed the surge in milk supplies that occurred in June.

Milk supplies to co-ops were almost 11pc higher than June last year, according to the CSO.

A total of 684.9 million litres of milk was delivered to creameries in June this year, compared to 617.5 million litres 12 months ago.

Farm safety record forms go online

FARM safety records can now be completed online in a bid to improve the dismal record of accidents on Irish farms.

The new facility, launched by the IFA, the Health and Safety Authority and FBD Insurance, also allows farmers to update their risk-assessment statements to ensure their farms are safer places to work.

IFA president John Bryan said the promotion of the online system was timely as activity on farms increased in the summer months when children were on holiday.

Fifteen people have died on Irish farms so far this year, including two three-year-old children.

Senator: Redirect SFP cash in banks

A Fine Gael senator has urged farmers to set up new bank accounts with alternative providers for their single farm payments.

Fidelma Healy Eames said this would avoid a loophole where a bank could confiscate money against existing debts in other accounts.

She said that while she was in no way condoning the non-payments of debts, farmers had to retain control of their finances.

Donegal cheese group strikes gold

A Donegal cheesemaking company has been awarded four gold medals in the UK Great Taste Awards.

Green Pastures scooped four gold awards, for the third year in a row, for its Yeats Country Foods and its range of soft cheese and dairy products.

The family-owned company won four gold awards in 2008 and a further four last year.

Irish Independent