Why this farmer thinks there should be no farm payments unless tractors pass an NCT
Attention to detail and innovation are the hallmarks of the health and safety winners in this year's Farmer of the Year awards
"The standard was so high on both farms it was impossible to split them."
That was verdict from Pat Griffin of the Health and Safety Authority who was on the judging panel for the Excellence in Farm Safety category during the recent Zurich Farm Insurance Farming Independent Farmer of the Year Awards.
"Both Michael (Callinan) and Jack (Murphy) were worthy joint-winners."
"What really stood out for me when visiting Michael's farm was his energy and enthusiasm," says Pat. "He had developed so many systems - from cattle handling facilities to a system for handling wrapped silage which is genius."
Michael has also invested in trap doors for the silage tanks, as well as calving gates by applying for the TAMS (Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Schemes) grant.
"The farm was particularly tidy and to be honest a lot of farmers would learn from visiting his place," said Mr Griffin
Produced by Michael five years ago, the system for disposing plastic from wrapped silage is something that would really appeal to many farmers.
Using a motorised device, the plastic is reduced to the size of a small square bale which can be easily sent for recycling.