Farm Ireland

Friday 19 January 2018

Learn from Meat Village

'The educational 'Meat Village' is a new addition to this year's show and is aimed at everyone from livestock producer to the end consumer.

Ireland exports €8bn worth of agricultural produce each year, with meat being one of the major export success stories. As market demands change, the Meat Village will keep producers up to date with the latest trends.

The area will include a tented workshop, where representatives of meat processors such as Dunbia, Donegal Meats, Kepak, Slaney Foods, Dawn Meats, AIBP and Moyvalley Meats can chat with cattle producers and consumers.

Shearers to show skills

Another new exhibition at the show will be a sheep shearing demonstration by Andrew Corrigan and George Graham.

Mr Corrigan is a former All-Ireland champion, while Mr Graham still holds the Irish record for shearing 481 sheep in nine hours.

Pat Corrigan will demonstrate hand shearing using the 'Jack and Trousers Method'. Pat has won 13 All-Ireland shearing titles for hand and machine shearing and has sheared in every All-Ireland shearing event since it began in 1952.

Wool merchant Seamus Dooley will also show correct wool-handling procedures.

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Tree felling put in focus

Teagasc and the Forest Service will be focusing on felling licences and stack measurement at the forestry section of the show.

Thinning is now taking place in many farm forests planted during the 1990s and early 2000s, but before any felling takes place it is necessary to have a felling licence granted.

Teagasc forestry advisers will be on hand to help farmers choose which licence is required and how to complete applications. They will also explain how to measure how much timber is being removed.

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