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.

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FRS invited along to The Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk

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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/

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News: Agricultural Advisors Required

We are currently recruiting for Agricultural Advisors to provide GLAS planning and related services. Visit www.frsnetwork.ie/careers

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Article: As Summer hits it’s time to dose

 

 

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Rain and warm humid weather are ideal conditions for the development of infectious diseases during these summer months. Worm infections in particular are widespread. As summer progresses calves eat more grass and the risk of infection rises. Stomach worm can cause up to 50% loss in performance. It’s vital that the health of a farmer’s stock is constantly treated for worms.
Stomach worms are present as larvae which have survived from the previous season and others arise because they are passed through the gut of a cow. Calves which have not been exposed to this infection before have no immunity, so the larvae multiply in their stomachs. This leads to the spread of infection very quickly. Animals will be up to two years old before full immunity develops. Although cattle develop resistance over time, dosing for all animals is still usually required around July.

 

HOW BEST TO TREAT THE ANIMALS?
There are an enormous range of products on the market to treat worms in animals – ranging from the oral dose, to the injection, to a pour on or bolus. It cannot be said that any one product is better than another, but the longevity of activity against worms can vary in the type of product used.
The white wormer that is orally dosed is probably the cheapest form of treating cattle with worms, but it also has the shortest activity length against worms. The many Ivermectin injections have various activity lengths and price wise, per animal, are slightly dearer than a white wormer, but are effective. Pour ons are again very effective and are extremely easy to use especially from a labour point of view. Weather may be a problem when using a pour on as a few hours of drying are required after application to allow it to soak in. Finally, a bolus can be given to stock orally, which is lodged in the animal’s stomach where it remains slowly releasing and killing worms during the grazing period. It’s a once off dose which, from a labour point of view, makes it very attractive, but is more expensive than any of the other forms of treating animals.

 

WILL OLDER STOCK BENEFIT

Some older stock on the farm will benefit from a worm treatment at this time of year, namely yearling stores and in particular suckled yearlings, who would not have been as prone to worm infestation in their first year of growth.. Cows in general this year are showing more signs of worm infestation with persistent coughing been remarked by many farmers. If such is to be heard in your stock it is advisable to treat the herd.

 

BEING AWARE OF THE PRESENCE OF FLUKE
It may seem strange to mention Fluke at this time of year as we associate treating animals for fluke infestation during the late autumn and winter months. However if you happen to kill any animals in the factory over the coming weeks it is worth noting on the factory sheet return has the factory indicated whether fluke was active in any of the animals that were killed. We sometimes naively believe that because we dosed an animal maybe once over the winter period that all the fluke have been killed off in that animal. Unfortunately that may not be the case and if any few have been left behind they can multiply very rapidly again. It is estimated that €90 million is lost in the irish agricultural industry each year due to the presence of fluke. When routinely treating for worms throughout the summer it may be well worth while treating at least once during that period for fluke as well.

 

WHAT IS THE CORRECT DOSAGE TO GIVE?
All animal dosing products provide details on how much product to give an animal with regard to the weight of that animal. The hardest part from a farmers point of view is estimating the actual weight of the animal they are about to treat. The FRS cattle weighing service can be very helpful as it gives accurate animal weights and is an indicator of how animals are performing.

 

KEEPING SAFETY IN MIND
Keep safety in mind at all times when dosing. Safe handling of the animal, the product one is using and the safety of the operator are important. Ensure facilities are stock friendly and secure. Wear protective clothing when handling dosing products and dispose of used product needles etc. in a safe and environmental friendly manner. From the operator point of view – don’t take chances – what might appear to be a very quiet bucket fed calf could have a very strong kick.

 

FRS CAN ASSIST
FRS Cahir have a wide extensive range of animal wormers at very competitive prices. We can also chat to you about what product may best suit the stock you wish to treat and what’s of best value. FRS have a very experienced team of operators to assist you when dosing and handling livestock.

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News: Our Herdwatch App will be on TV tonight

Tune in to this week‘s Tipperary County Matters’ on Saturday 18/04/2015 at 8.30pm on Irishtv.ie

Sky channel 191
Freesat 400
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.

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News: Farm positions in Kerry

Experienced Diary workers wanted in Kerry.

Experienced dairy workers required for permanent and temporary full time work for Relief Milking &General Farm work in Kerry area.

Applicants must be competent stockpeople and experienced in all aspects of dairying including using full range of farm machinery.

Please forward C.V to Miriam@frskerry.ie

Or Phone Kerry FRS for details on 0667141099.

www.frsnetwork.ie/careers

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News: National Enterprise Awards Winner

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.

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BIG News: Herdwatch Wins AIB Startup Academy

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

Visit www.herdwatch.ie

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.

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