Innovative design has safety covered for no more than €5
A MIDLANDS purchasing group has spearheaded a farm safety initiative that has the potential to be replicated throughout the country.
More than 100 farmers in the Longford Purchasing Group have received innovative new drive shaft covers at a fraction of the standard cost, following a team-up between the group, Irish Rural Link and local machinery dealer, Clarke Farm Machinery.
"The beauty of these Bare-Co shaft covers is that they literally require no equipment," said Irish Rural Link's Vincent Nally.
"In addition, they can be slipped on and off a PTO (Power Take Off) with ease anytime a farmer is trying to grease it or attach it to an awkward machine," he added.
While the purchasing group normally focuses on securing discounted prices for key farm inputs such as meal, fertiliser, medicine, insurance, banking and telecoms, the group also looks at channelling surplus funds into ideas that will benefit more than just their members' pockets.
Following a farm safety talk at one of their monthly meetings last year, some of the group liaised with Irish Rural Link (IRL) who co-ordinate the Farm Safety Mentor Programme, a pilot farm safety initiative taking place in the midlands.
Clarke Farm Machinery agreed to support the group following a commitment for a large order, bringing the actual cost of the covers down by more than 90pc to as little as €5 for group members.