Farm Ireland

Monday 16 July 2018

Rolling the dice to cut risks on the farm

This week we are sending two more free tickets for the upcoming FTMTA Grass and Muck event to Patrick Duffy from Ballybay Co Monaghan, the latest winner in our spring safety series.

Patrick has come up with the idea of a farm safety board game to help get the message across to children that farms are a very dangerous place to be.

"My board game teaches primary school children all about the rights and wrongs of farm safety through a fun and interactive way. If you land on a positive space - for example 'Farm safety signs in place' - you go forward three spaces.

"Likewise, if you land on a negative space - for example 'Children playing in a field with a bull' - you go back five spaces.

"I wanted to target children in particular because I noticed that over the last 10 years a high percentage of the fatalities on farms have been kids."

If you have a clever safety idea and fancy two free tickets to the FTMTA Grass and Muck event in Gurteen Agricultural College on May 12, there's still time to get your entry in.

Send an outline of your idea along with some pictures to and if it's good enough you could be a winner.

*Preparations are progressing well for the farm machinery highlight of the year, FTMTA Grass & Muck 2016 at Gurteen College, Ballingarry, Roscrea, Co Tipperary on Thursday, May 12. The focus will be very much on working machinery with ongoing demonstrations throughout the day in the grass harvesting, reseeding, silage pit, slurry spreading and farm yard manure spreading areas. We will have a special preview of the show in the Farming Independent on Tuesday, May 10.

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