Tune in to Countrywide Radio One tomorrow morning (Sat 16) from 8:10am to get the farmer and farm relief worker perspectives on getting work done on the farm. Plus in studio discussion with Peter Byrne, FRS and Darragh McCullough, RTE Presenter, on sourcing farm workers to meet the growing demand.
Recent figures from the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) show that fatalities in agriculture were down 40% on 2014. 18 deaths were reported in 2015 in comparison to 30 in 2014.
For the sixth year in a row, figures show that agriculture holds the record for the highest number of fatalities above all other sectors. In 2015, 55 people were killed in work related accidents, which the HSA stated is exactly the same number as 2014.
Across all sectors, incidents involving vehicles were the main cause of fatal accidents in the workplace, 21 in total, according to the HSA. A tractor or machinery were involved in six farm fatalities and four were involving livestock.
Construction fatalities increased from eight in 2014 to 11 in 2015 along with this the fishing sector saw an increase from one in 2015 to five in 2015.
Two-thirds of work related deaths, occurred in businesses with fewer than 10 employees, mainly in agriculture, construction and fishing. In 2015, there were four child fatalities, all of which were agriculture related.
FRS are advocates of Farm Safety
FRS are firm believers in promoting Farm safety and throughout 2015 worked hard to deliver live farm safety demonstrations to the public. FRS teamed up with FBD and the HSA to showcase practical farm safety demonstrations at the various agricultural shows throughout Ireland.
These included safe handling of bulls and livestock, Tractor PTO demonstrations, as well as giving general farm safety advice.The demonstrations proved to entice the crowds and this year will expectantly prove no different.
What would you do if you had a farm accident and could not run your farm tomorrow?
The FRS Membership Benefit Scheme has helped many farmers out at their most vulnerable time – when they were unable to work their farms. FRS offers a unique benefit as it arranges a relief worker straight to the farm to cover the work in the event of any accidents or sickness that is supported by a doctor’s cert.
The Sickness and Accident Support entitles members to the services of an experienced FRS operator for up to *12 weeks at only 25% of the regular cost (75% off). Maximum benefit is €500 (incl. Vat) per week (*first week is excluded and must be paid by the member).The feedback from farmers who have claimed under the sickness and accident support reinforced to us the importance of offering this benefit to the industry.
The savings that these farmers made on their labour needs was just one side of it. The more significant side being that they could concentrate on recovering knowing that their farms were being looked after. Having a good trained reliable operator ready to step in, when required, is what the farmer needs and that is what FRS is all about.
The membership also gives better value farm services rates with top priority given to members and a death and capital benefit of up to €20,000.
Membership costs €295 annually – that is Peace of Mind for only 81 cent per day. Sign up in January and get 14 months for the price of 12.
For more information visit www.frsfarmrelief.ie/membership or call FRS Roscrea on 0505 21166 or FRS Cahir on 052 7441598. Text FRS MBS plus your name and address to 51444 for a call back.
Posted in Farm, FRS Archives, FRS Farm Services, FRS Homecare, FRS Recruitment, FRS Training, Herdwatch, Membership Benefit Scheme
We have launched a recruitment drive to attract part time and full time dairy and general farm labour workers. Visit www.frsfarmrelief.ie/careers
We are currently recruiting for Agricultural Advisors to provide GLAS planning and related services. Visit www.frsnetwork.ie/careers
FRS (Farm Relief Services) launched the “Best Practice in Milking” course in conjunction with Teagasc and AHI (Animal Health Ireland) in July of last year. The course itself proved to be a complete success. Almost four hundred farmers have upskilled their milking practices through the course and are currently in the process of receiving their highly commendable FETAC/QQI level 6 certifications.
Participants had positive feedback to give about the course. From beginners to the utmost experienced, each participant had something great to say about the course and the way in which it was taught. Some even admitted that milking all your life does not necessarily mean you know everything about it, “I have been milking all my life, didn’t think there was anything I didn’t know! But I was wrong AGAIN”.
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney TD, officially launched the milking course last year on behalf of FRS, Teagasc and AHI.
At the launch Minister Coveney said; “By improving standards and improving current farming practices through this milking course will help take the industry to the next level and to where we need to be in order to provide the best practice efficiently and compete on wider international stage. The department is backing this course through its funding and encourages farmers to upskill their current practices and new entrants to put the best foot forward and complete the course”.
The course is suited to all level of expertise. Some of the previous participants felt that the course should be compulsory for those new to dairy. “Excellent course. Should be made compulsory for new entrants”.
Every area of the milking routine is covered throughout the duration of the course including; Preparation for milking, Machine parts/components, Milk quality (SCC&TBC), Mastitis prevention, Washing routines, Animal diseases, Health and safety and many other essential aspects to ensure an efficient dairy system is in place.
Undoubtedly, the course itself is extremely unique as it brings together the theory parts of milking and also the practical implementation of the theory. A customised DVD aids the delivery of the course and acts as a reference guide in the future. All course tutors and directors have been specifically trained and course content approved by the experts in the area of milking.
Past participants were enthusiastic and highly recommended farmers to do the course, “I would recommend to all farmers because you would learn so much and “All farmers should do it, excellent course”.
Plans are currently under-way for the next tranche of milking courses, which are due to commence this coming July 2015 and will be running throughout the country. The course is open to all levels of milking experience from new entrants and people interested in relief milking to experienced dairy farmers.
Currently the cost of the course is €250, reduced from €500 due to a €250 department subsidy. With the success of last year’s course FRS, Teagasc and AHI hopes that this year will be as successful.
Peter Byrne, CEO FRS Network says; “FRS have been providing milking training to FRS relief milkers and farmers for 35 years, but we wanted to standardise the course to improve the consistency of its delivery and also give certification of achievement to participants that recognises the hard work they have put in and the learning value that they have received. We are delighted with the response so far and will continue to progress with the confidence that the milking course is delivering what it set it do.”
For more information on the course or if you wish to book a spot for July:
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Tune in to Countrywide RTE Radio One with Damien O’Reilly tomrorrow (Sat 16th) @ 8.25 am to hear how Herdwatch is changing the way things are done down on the farm.
Tune in to this week‘s Tipperary County Matters’ on Saturday 18/04/2015 at 8.30pm on Irishtv.ie
Sky channel 191
Eircom eVision 191 and other free to air boxes.
A repeat will also be available on Sky channel 191 on the following Tuesday at 1.30pm and also Thursday at 11pm.
Comming up on the Show:
We meet the people behind the scenes as Herdwatch has been named as the first ever winner of AIB’s Start Up Academy with a prize package of €250, 000. Herdwatch farming app & software package gives dairy & beef cattle farmers’ easy compliance & valuable farm records, anytime, anywhere.
Tony O’Connor an international award winning equine artist presents his April Foals exhibition at the South Tipperary Arts Centre, Clonmel. Tony’s work highlights the power, beauty and elegance of the horse anatomy.
Fracture Youth Theatre group are taking you outside the theatre to experience their intimate show ‘Back Seat’,from the back seat of a car. This is a unique theatrical treat that is bound to please its limited audience at The Source Arts Centre Carpark.
Herdwatch, is the Special Category Award Winner for Technology at the National Enterprise Awards County Competition held at Brú Ború, Cashel last week.
Congrats again Herdwatch. www.herdwatch.ie
Pictured L-R Peter Byrne, FRS Network and Herdwatch , Roscrea and Minister Alan Kelly, TD, Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government.
Herdwatch, our mobile App for farmers, has won the first ever AIB Startup Academy. We are absolutely delighted and grateful to AIB, The Irish Times and all partners of this wonderful competition with a prize package worth €250,000!
The competition was very tough with 300 applicants, reduced to 20, then 11 for the 8-week long Academy programme. All 11 finalists presented high quality and passionate pitches for the final, and Herdwatch came out on top and is flying the flag high for Irish Agri Technology!
The hard work of the dedicated FRS Herdwatch team has paid off and we are looking ahead to a very busy time.
Thank you to the hundreds of farmers who have already signed up to Herdwatch.
Here is great piece about the final from Erin McGuire of the Irish Times: http://www.irishtimes.com/business/agribusiness-and-food/herdwatch-crowned-overall-winner-of-aib-start-up-academy-1.2155654
Photo: (L to R) Peter Byrne, FRS Network CEO, Fabien Peyaud, Herdwatch and Jane Marks, FRS Network Marketing Manager back at base in Tipperary with the trophy.