Farm Ireland

Sunday 17 December 2017

Farm deaths in Limerick

A second farm fatality has occurred in Co Limerick within a week.

The funeral of Michael Stack senior, from Kiltanna, Knockaderry, Newcastle West, took place yesterday after the 69-year-old father of five was fatally injured in a tractor accident on his farm.

He is survived by wife Vera, daughter Collette and sons Tony, Eamon, Patrick and Michael.

The second funeral, that of Liam Drake (65), Kilcruig, Kilfinane, who died from injuries sustained in an accident which involved a quad bike on his farm, took place on Tuesday last.

He sustained serious injuries when he collided with an electric fence while driving a quad bike through a field on his farm.

Although seriously injured, he managed to make his way back to his home to raise the alarm.

He was sent to the Mid Western Regional Hospital at Limerick but died later.

He is survived by his wife Maureen, daughters Triona, Marie and Ailish, and son Liam.

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Open day at Johnstown

An open day on dairy bull beef production will take place at Johnstown Castle, Co Wexford, on Thursday, July 7, at 10.30am.

The open day will feature the trial on dairy bull beef which is being carried out by Teagasc in conjunction with Dawn Meats.

Issues covered on the day will include:

•Up-to-date results from a range of bull beef systems;

•Economics and market prospects for a range of finishing systems;

•Calf rearing experience with large numbers and animal health management;

•Grassland management for calves and grazing bulls.

There will also be a lunchtime discussion forum on the lessons from trials to date.

Admission to the event is free.

Doyle heads committee

Fine Gael's farming TD, Andrew Doyle, has been elected as chairman of the new Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture.

Former Mayo football manager John O'Mahony was elected as vice-chair, and this committee will shadow the activities of the Department of Agriculture.

Mr Doyle said that the committee faces a significant challenge: "I feel that, taking a collaborative approach, we can have a significant impact on policy and make a contribution to the areas under our remit."

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