Farm Ireland

Tuesday 12 December 2017

In brief: Young farmers to get safety talks

Macra na Feirme is to run a series of farm-safety briefings at its young farmer meetings.

The move comes as farm fatalities have reached eight in the first three months of the year, more than half of last year's farm fatalities total.

The meetings will take place in Mitchelstown on Thursday, in Abbeyleix on March 18 and in Carrick-on-Shannon on March 24.

Macra has urged all farmers to complete a Farm Risk Assessment document, which is available to download on or

British Sugar to grow more beet

British Sugar is set to grow more than 200,000t of sugar beet this coming year, to save money on buying from farmers.

The sugar processor plans to rent close to 3,300ha of land in the 2010/11 season to grow non-quota beet for the bioethanol industry.

The move will double the amount of land British Sugar rents, compared with this season.

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The company's crop yields were below the national average for farmers, but had proven more cost-effective than buying beet from growers.

Irish Independent