News: Experienced Fencing Operators Required in Cork

 

FRS Fencing have a strong fencing reputation in Cork and are looking to expand the team with one fencing operator position and one team leader position in our Bandon office. Experience erecting fencing required and further training will be provided. Exposure to various fencing jobs using the most modern equipment – Agricultural, Residential, Sports & Security – throughout west cork and beyond.

E-mail your CV to info@frsfencing.ie or call Gordon Kingston on 023 8844200

Posted in FRS Fencing Systems, FRS Network News

News: Agriculture ranks highest sector for Fatalities for 8th year running – with elderly most vulnerable

Reports from 2017 named the agri-sector as being the most dangerous profession in Ireland for the 8th year running. Figures released show that elderly farmers are the most vulnerable group when it comes to fatal work related accidents. Of the 24 fatal agri-sector accidents accounted for in 2017, 14 of those were male farmers aged over 65.

There was an increase in all sector work related fatalities in 2017 – with 47 fatal accidents recorded in comparison to 46 in 2016 and of these 24 were agriculture related in 2017 up from 21 the previous year.

 

key fatalities announced by the HSA:

• 2017 marked the highest number of work related fatalities in Ireland to date across all sectors.
• Following Agriculture the construction and transport sectors had the next highest number of fatalities with six each.
• The counties with the highest number of fatalities in 2017 were Dublin, Mayo and Cork with six each. (all sectors)
• Across all of the sectors, accidents involving vehicles made up 21 of all fatalities in 2017. Falls from a height (six) was the most common cause.
• Most fatalities (28) involved 18-65 year old males; there were 14 men, over 65 killed in the agriculture sector.
• One child fatality was accounted for in the agri-sector.
• Of 47 fatalities reported, 18 were self employed, 15 were employees, seven non-workers and seven family workers

Recent Farm Safety Initiatives

On Friday January 12th, Teagasc and the Health and Safety Authority signed a “Joint Initiative Agreement”, to promote farmer health and safety for the next three years. The aim of the initiative is to provide health and safety research, training and advisory support to farmers.

As part of this joint initiative, training on the use of “Farm Safety Code of Practice” will continue to be provided by Teagasc and Agricultural Consultants. Completion of the training is also a requirement for farmers to secure DAFM TAMS11 funding.
The HSA is set to conduct 2,000 farm inspections throughout 2018. Other plans include new guidance for farmers on preventing cow attacks and machinery crush injuries.

During 2018, research on farm accident levels will be conducted by Teagasc through their National Farm Survey.
A jointly funded study on the usefulness of discussion groups in promoting farm safety is also underway by Teagasc.
FRS Training are avid supporters of farm safety and will run many safety courses and farm safety events throughout Ireland. For more information visit www.frstraining.com or call 1890 201 000.

FRS Training also run TAMS Safety Training Courses. For more information about the course or to see upcoming dates Visit www.frstraining.com/TAMSSafetyCourse.

Posted in Farm, FRS Farm Services, FRS Network News, FRS Training

News: FRS Dairy Operative Skills Programme launch and Ear to the Ground

FRS in conjunction with Teagasc have launched a new Dairy Operative Skills Programme and it featured on RTE Ones’, Ear to the Ground.

FRS milking operators, Jennifer Matthews and Josh Phelan, both successfully completed the programme and were featured along with farmer James O’Brien from Kilkenny on Ear to the Ground.

Watch clip here: https://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/ear-to-the-ground-1023/10807334/?ap=1

Interested candidates are invited to apply for seasonal work as milkers and farm workers with FRS Farm Relief Services and those who require upskilling will have the unique opportunity to complete a 20 day programme involving 4 training days in a Teagasc College and 16 days practical work experience on host farms organised by FRS.

On successful completion of their training, candidates will be offered work through FRS during the peak months of January/February to May/June 2018. The work could potentially earn an individual up to €8,000 or more and participants will be paid during their training.

The three potential candidate groups that have been identified to take part in the programme and to take up seasonal work to help alleviate labour shortages and are, but not limited to:

• Dry Stock Farmers – on individual farms where there may be capacity to take on a additional part time role.
• Women in Agriculture – who may be interested in work involving milking, calf rearing and livestock husbandry.
• Farmers on Farm Assist and Jobseekers – who are in receipt of a DSP payment and who may be interested in farm work. (FRS advise individuals of the need to discuss their individual position with Dept. Social Protection (DSP), as taking up employment may have implications for their DSP allowances).

Peter Byrne, CEO, FRS Network said “FRS believe that this project is one of a number of possible options including sourcing labour from abroad that must be examined to source and train potential FRS operators’’.

Applicants for the ‘Dairy Operative Skills Programme’ and work with FRS are invited to talk through with their local FRS Office or visit www.frsfarmrelief.ie/careers for more details and to apply online.

Posted in Farm, Farm Labour Demand, FRS Farm Services, FRS Fencing Systems, FRS Homecare, FRS Network News, FRS Recruitment, FRS Training, Herdwatch, Media Centre, Membership Benefit Scheme

News: Olympians and charities to benefit from Docklands rowing regatta

A rowing regatta on Friday the 29th September will see proceeds going towards funding the Japan 2020 bids of some of Ireland’s Olympic rowers as well as the Irish Haemochromatosis Association.

Organised by Crew Class, who run corporate rowing experience days and FRS Recruitment, Ireland’s national recruitment agency, the event will take place at Grand Canal Dock this Friday from 1.30 to 5.30 and will see over 40 companies compete on the event.
Grand Canal Dock will be a hub of activity as 40 crews learn to row and race against each other in the ultimate team building event.

The teams will have rowing lessons during the morning with experienced rowers guiding them through their paces.
Crew Class, founded by Niall O’Toole, 3 time Olympic rower and world champion, is a franchise for the elite rower enabling them to create an economy for themselves and to provide support when transitioning out of the sport. Sanita Puspure, currently representing Ireland at the World Championships in Florida, manages the Cork franchise and recently ran her first event with FRS Recruitment on the River Lee.

The Docklands Regatta, which is sponsored by FRS Recruitment, will also benefit Crew Class charity partners the Irish Haemochromatosis Association and Crossing the Line sports.

Posted in FRS Network News, FRS Recruitment

Despite the Floods the team at the FRS Stand Ploughed on

Record Breaking attendance

The annual National Ploughing Championships came to an end Thursday last in Screggan, Tullamore after three long eventful days. This year’s event achieved record crowds of 291,500 up 8,5000 on last year with the first day alone bringing in a crowd of 112,500 . The FRS Stand proved once again to be a great success over the three days and although wet conditions and flooding forced us to close our stand early on the second day, our stand and live demonstrations were back in action on the final day.

The FRS team from all of our divisions, Farm Relief, Fencing, Training, Recruitment and Herdwatch were out in force. Outside we had our FRS trainers carrying out live chainsaw demonstrations which drew in the crowds along with fencing demos, which were shown live on the big screen. The crowd were more than happy to get involved in the live demos asking and answering questions and showing their own skills at tying off fencing wire.

Herdwatch Figures on the rise

Herdwatch had a very successful ploughing and were constantly busy in both the FRS Stand and the Innovation Arena. Sales for them were up 20% on last year with the app becoming more and more popular each year amongst farmers. The Herdwatch mascot ‘Herdie’ made a return to the ploughing and people of all ages stopped to have their photo taken with him.

What else happened at the ploughing?

We were delighted to have North Tipperary Hospice helping out at the tea and coffee station where they raised donations of €1,000 which will most definitely be put to good use.

Anyone that was interested in becoming farm relief operators came to chat to the staff and to fill out an online application form that can also be filled out on www.frsfarmrelief.ie/careers . The team also launched the new ‘New Zealand / Ireland Live, Learn and Earn Exchange Programme’ – that provides a unique opportunity which will see applicants live the dream, learn on the world’s best farms and further develop their farming skills in each other’s countries during their complementary peak seasons. More details on the exchange are available on www.frsfarmreliefservices.ie/nzexchange

Posted in FRS Farm Services, FRS Network News

Farm Safety Live at Tullamore Show 2017

FRS Training, FBD and the HSA are demonstrating Farm Safety Live at the Tullamore Show on Sunday 13th of August to show farming families how simply safety precautions can be applied, when you are shown how.

Farm Safety Live will engage with the audience and bring three key farm hazard areas to life and deliver practical know how that can be applied back on the farm. The focus will be on Safe Livestock Handling, Safe PTO Operations and Safe Bale Handling.

Farming remains the most dangerous occupation in Ireland, with 14 fatalities this year and non-fatal accidents averaging at approximately 2,000 per year.

Pat Griffin Senior Inspector HSA, Amanda Brennan Branch Manager FBD Tullamore, Brenda Kiernan Chairperson Tullamore Show, John Kennedy Inspector Health and Safety Authority, Freda Kinnarney Operations Manager Tullamore Show, Jane Marks Marketing Manager FRS and Jim Dockery Training Manager FRS. Picture: Ger Rogers/HR Photo. 

Pat Griffin, Senior Inspector with HSA and member of the Farm Safety Partnership, said:

“The horrific consequences of a farm accident – whether fatal or causing serious injury – has a huge impact not only on the farmer, but also on the farm family, community and business. We are working continuously with all in the farming community to raise awareness of the risks and to advise all of best practices in farm safety. I believe that the live demonstrations on practical safety at our shared stand at the Tullamore Show will help protect lives & prevent injury.”

Jim Dockery, FRS Training Manager and member of the Farm Safety Partnership, said “We are getting out there in front of farmers and their families to show them the safe way of doing everyday tasks on the farm. Sometimes it is the simplest thing that causes the horrific accidents and we want to put a stop to this and get everyone to farm more safely.

 

Ciaran Roche, Vice Chairman Farm Safety Partnership, Risk Manager FBD said:

“a change in culture and behaviour is essential if unsafe ways of working are to be eliminated and a sustained reduction in farm accidents is to be achieved. We are aware that this is a slow and difficult process, as it takes significant investment in time and resources to effect real change. It’s time to stop taking risks and prevent any unnecessary heartache.”

Make sure you give time to safety at the Tullamore Show and visit Farm Safety Live. Get involved and visit www.facebook.com/farmsafetylive for a chance to win complimentary tickets and to find out what you can expect to see on the day of the show. Visit www.tullamoreshow.com for more general show information.

Posted in FRS Farm Services, FRS Network News, FRS Training, Uncategorized

Herdwatch and FRS Farm Relief Services attend the ICMSA AGM

ICMSA AGM Castletroy Park Hotel Limerick Picture Credit Brian Gavin Press 22

Herdwatch and FRS Farm Relief Services attend the ICMSA AGM on Monday 28 November in the Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick. Pictured left to right are: Padraig Madden, FRS Network, John Comer, ICMSA President, Minister Michael Creed, Minister of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Minister John Bruton, former Taoiseach and James Greevy, Herdwatch.

Posted in Farm, Farm Labour Demand, FRS Archives, FRS Farm Services, FRS Fencing Systems, FRS Network News, FRS Recruitment, FRS Training, Herdwatch, Membership Benefit Scheme

FRS invited along to The Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk

Newstalk

Pictured Left to Right: Peter Byrne, Minister Creed, Anna May Mc Hugh and Pat Kenny

CEO of FRS Peter Byrne was invited on the Pat Kenny Newstalk Show On Thursday morning, November 10th as a panel speaker to discuss the changes in the Agri Sector with Minister Creed and Anna May McHugh. It was a great discussion. Listen back to the show on link below. It is on part 2.
http://www.newstalk.com/listen_back/

Posted in Farm, Farm Labour Demand, FRS Farm Services, FRS Network News, FRS Training, Herdwatch, Media Centre

News: Irish Farming App Recognised at UK Largest Show

Herdwatch has received an Innovation Merit Award at their first ever UK and LAMMA Show appearance, which is the UK’s Largest Agricultural and Machinery show.
James Greevy, who represented Herdwatch at the show with Helen Mulqueen said: “It’s always nice to be recognised, especially at a prestigious event like LAMMA, but above all we have received amazing feedback from British farmers and we are looking forward to bringing Herdwatch technology to UK farms before the Summer.”
Fabien Peyaud, co-founder of Herdwatch added:

“It is a proud moment to be recognised in our first UK appearance, and I would like to thank the LAMMA Show organisers for choosing Herdwatch as a Merit Award recipient, against very tough competition. I would also like to thank Enterprise Ireland, and in particular Kevin Mooney, Denis Duggan and Michael Brougham for their amazing support of Herdwatch but also of Irish Ag-tech in general.”
Herdwatch is a Farming App by FRS Farm Relief Services which saves Dairy, Suckler and Beef farmers hours on paperwork and Bord Bia compliance, by simply using their smartphone, tablet or computer, for less than €2 a week.
Farmers interested in finding out more can visit www.herdwatch.ie, where a free trial is currently available, or contact their local FRS (Farm Relief Services) co-op (list on www.frsnetwork.ie).
Photographed:
The Herdwatch Team with Enterprise Ireland at the UK LAMMA Show and bringing home an Innovation Merit Award. Pictured left to right: James Creevy, Herdwatch, Kevin Mooney, Enterprise Ireland and Helen Mulqueen, Herdwatch.

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News: 8th all Ireland Final of the Farm Relief Services Memorial Scholarship

This year, the 8th annual all Ireland final of the Farm relief Services Memorial Scholarship took place at the Teagsac Colleges Challenge Day in Clonakilty Agricultural College on Tuesday January 12th.
At just twenty three years of age, Charles Cooney, a beef and dairy farmer from near Shercock in Co. Cavan was this year’s National Winner of the Scholarship. The scholarship rewards students who show exceptional leadership abilities. Once he has completed his time in college, Charles will take up a paid placement with FRS to learn about business management.
The Scholarship itself is run in conjunction with Macra na Feirme and a winner is selected to represent each Teagasc college as a National finalist. Charles represented the Ballyhaise college agricultural students. In the Final, Charles gave a presentation based on the leadership skills of a neighbour of his, Padraig McEnaney, who founded Celtic Pure Water, to a judging panel made up of Peter Byrne (FRS Network’s CEO), Séan Finan (National president of Macra) and Frank Murphy (Curriculum Development and Standards Manager with Teagasc).
Peter Byrne, FRS CEO, said: “This is the eighth year of the memorial scholarship and FRS is delighted once again to give a dedicated student like Charles the opportunity to gain that all important work experience through placement with an FRS office. We like to play our part in the development of the agricultural industry and this scholarship is just one of the ways we contribute”.
For more information about FRS take a look at the website www.frsnetwork.ie or visit the facebook page for constant updates www.facebook.com/frsnetwork .

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