Mairead McGuinness to Officially Open Farm Safety Live at the Tullamore Show

Farm Safety Live organisers, FRS Training, HSA and FBD Insurance are delighted to announce that the event, now in its 5th year, will be officially opened by Mairead McGuinness, MEP and First Vice President of the European Parliament, at the Tullamore Show on Sunday 12th of August at 11am.

The organisers want all to go home from the show smarter and with at least one farm safety tip to apply on their home farm. Each year the farm safety event brings something different and this year the focus is on giving smarter tips through the live and interactive demonstrations concentrated around the home farm that can be brought home and smartly implemented. The four areas this year will be on centred around Livestock Handling, Quad Bike Operation, Working From Heights, Tractor and PTO Operation.

Regrettably the overall fatality statistics have not been improving with the main culprits stemming from machinery, tractors, vehicles and livestock, with the young and elderly proving to be the main victims.

Mairead McGuinness MEP and First Vice President of the European Parliament said the number of accidents on farms resulting in deaths and serious injury in Ireland is unacceptably high and said, “Reports of farm accidents involving children, men and women are all too frequent. What lies behind each statistic is a farming family devastated and left to live with the aftermath on the very family farm where the accident took place. We have to do better and address in a holistic way this scourge of the countryside. I believe that initiatives to improve safety should be part of the next CAP. Farm accidents are not unique to Ireland – the issue is an EU wide problem and we need to learn what is working in other EU member states. We need to wake up to the reality that farms are places of work and like all workplaces with machinery (and additionally farming animals), safety routines and awareness and training are necessary. Farmers must put their health and well-being to the fore and stop and think when undertaking a task on the farm and ask what might go wrong, especially when working alone. I commend all associated with highlighting this critically important issue at the forthcoming Tullamore Show.”

Launching Farm Safety Live at the Tullamore Show are the organisers of the event from the HSA (Health & Safety Authority), FRS Training (Farm Relief Services training division) and FBD Insurance with support from the Tullamore Show organisers; (pictured left to right) Jim Dockery, FRS Training Manager, Freda Kinnarney, Tullamore Show Operations Manager, Cathal Burke, FBD Insurance Marketing Manager, Martina Gormley, HSA Inspector, Pat Gilligan, FBD Insurance Head of Sales, Midlands and North-West, Brenda Kiernan, Tullamore Show Chairperson, Jane Marks, FRS Network Marketing Manager, Pat Griffin, HSA Senior Inspector for Agriculture and Caoimhe Kirby, FRS Network Marketing Executive. The event will be officially opened at the Tullamore Show by Mairead McGuinness, MEP and First Vice President of the European Parliament on Sunday 12th August at 11am.

Pat Griffin, Senior Inspector for Agriculture, HSA said, “The fatality and injury stats prove that there is a real problem with how safety is viewed on Irish farms. Safety and health on every farm needs to become integrated into every job and become just how we do things and not an add on or afterthought. There is much talk about smarter farming and we are calling on all farm families who come to the Tullamore show to go away smarter and with safety tips that they can apply at home to improve safety on their farm. Give Priority to 1. Advance Planning 2. Operator Training 3. Manage and Control Machinery & Animal Movement 4. Maintenance Programme & 5. Physical & Mental Health.”

Jim Dockery, Training Manager, FRS Training said, “We realise that farmers and in particular their young and older family members may not actually see the dangers as they go about working or helping out on their home farms each day. This is why each year I see people watching the demonstrations with great interest and see the penny dropping through their facial expressions. They are learning something new that they are not currently doing and we want each person to take at least one tip home and action it. We want each person to go away smarter and hence safer.”

Ciaran Roche, Risk Manager, FBD Insurance said, “Farmers everywhere can join with us to prevent accidents and hopefully save lives by attending events such as Farm Safety Live and by following our Farm Protect initiative. Changing our usual way of doing things can be challenging but because farming is a tough and demanding occupation with plenty of workplace hazards, it’s time to stop taking risks and prevent any unnecessary heartache.”

For more information and videos on the Farm Safety Live event and to win tickets to the Tullamore Show visit, like and share www.facebook.com/farmsafetylive

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News: Free Smarter Milking Events throughout the country

FRS Training, Teagasc and AHI (Animal Health Ireland) have teamed up with four of the leading dairy co-ops around the country, Glanbia, Kerry Agribusiness, Aurivo and Lakeland Dairies, to bring dairy farmers practical demonstrations on how to achieve smarter milking and become more efficient and cost effective.

The smarter milking events will run in June and July and cover the areas of better cow flow, best practice milking technique, standard operating procedures, producing high milk quality and how to be more cost effective and are open to all farmers and farm workers alike.
Cow flow will cover developing positive experiences for the cow on leadup to and in the parlour to improve milk let down and productivity.

Best practice milking techniques includes preparation, milking in batches, cluster management, reducing repetitive strain and teat management. How to write effective standard operating procedures will be covered to provide direction to improve communication and consistency.

The important topic of producing the highest milk quality throughout the milking process, including milk recording, will be demonstrated with specific emphasis on reducing Somatic Cell Counts (SSC) and Thermoduric Bacteria Counts (TBC). Tips on how to reduce energy costs will be shared, which aim to save money.

The overarching source of information shared through these events comes from the Best Practice in Milking Course which has been available to farmers since 2014 and has trained hundreds of new and experienced milkers through the country. This popular 2 day QQI level 6 course is expertly developed and ran in conjunction with FRS Training, Teagasc and AHI and is part funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Pat Reilly, FRS Training said; “We wanted to give farmers the knowledge of how efficient milking can make a big difference on the dairy farm and are delighted that the co-ops see this as an important event for their farmers to attend. We thank them for the support. The events are indeed open to all farmers and we promise that they will be engaging and worthwhile for everyone – where the top tips will be passed on.”

Padraig O Connor, Teagasc said; “This is a great opportunity for dairy farmers and their staff to see first-hand an efficient milking process. With the average herd size increasing combined with larger milking units, the demands on the milker are more challenging. These Smarter Milking Events will outline a practical approach on how dairy farmers and their staff can implement techniques to allow for a more efficient milking process.”

Grainne Dwyer, AHI said;
“AHI is pleased to be involved with the Smarter Milking Events. These events are a collaboration between ourselves, Teagasc, FRS and the Dairy Coops and are designed to assist dairy farmers and their staff in the efficient production of high quality milk which will increase output and profitability”.

Smarter Milking Schedule of Events:

Glanbia
Date: Weds 20th June 2018
Venue: Andrew Claxtons’ farm, Kilminnin, Stradbally, Waterford. Eircode X42YK57

Kerry Agribusiness
Date: Weds 11th July 2018
Venue: John Lawlor, Ballysheen, Abbeydorney, Co. Kerry, Eircode V92 W635

(Parking available at Abbeydorney GAA grounds, shuttle bus service provided.)

Aurivo
Date: Weds 18th July 2018
Venue: Tim Kelly Clorane Athenry, Galway, Eircode H65 XY05

Lakeland Dairies
Date: Thurs 19th July 2018
Venue: David Hannon, Tir Na Ri Farm Ltd, Derrypatrick, Drumree, Co. Meath, Eircode A85 PD65.

If you are interested in attending the event register now on www.facebook.com/frsmilkingcourse event page.

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News: Remembering those lost to farming accidents throughout Ireland

Embrace FARM the support network for those affected by farm accidents will be hosting its 5th Ecumenical Remembrance Service in the Church of the Most Holy Rosary in Abbeyleix County Laois on Sunday 24th June 2018 at 2.00pm.

Embrace FARM welcomes everyone who wishes to come to the service to acknowledge anyone who has been affected by a farming accident.

This event now in its firth year has been held in Abbeyleix since 2014.

The service is led by Catholic Bishop, Denis Nulty and Church of Ireland Bishop, Michael Burrows with local clergy from the Church of Ireland, Canon Harvey and Roman Catholic, Fr. Cummins.

It is supported by farming organisations and agribusiness such as DAFM, ICMSA, ICSA, IFA, FBD, HSA, HSENI, Macra na Feirme, Teagasc, UFU, YFCU and by the Agri Media from the island of Ireland.

Embrace FARM will be represented by co-founders Norma & Brian Rohan and the voluntary board of directors who give their time freely in the development of the organisation with Norma and Brian.

Embrace FARM were contacted by 130 families to have their loved ones remembered at this year’s Ecumenical Service.

Behind these numbers is a father, mother, a husband, a wife, a child, a relative, someone important to a family and a community.

This is a day to speak their names because they are a part of everything that we do. We speak their names because they will always will be a part of us.

Pictured L2R at the Embrace Farm Accident Survivors Conference in Portlaoise-on November 25 were Norma Rohan, Director Embrace Farm, Seamus Bannon, ABP Food Group with Robert Leonard, Dept. of Agri & Food and Damien O’Reilly, RTE Countrywide programme. Photos by Roger Jones. No reproduction fee.

Light refreshments (sponsored) will be served at the Manor Hotel in Abbeyleix following the event, all are welcome.

Embrace FARM is now fully integrated with the Charities Regulatory Authority in its operation.

It compiled its strategic plan to carry their vision forward from now until 2021 of being ‘a caring and supporting Agri-community for all those affected by farming accidents’

Throughout 2017, Embrace FARM has continued its work in drawing awareness of those affected by farming accidents.

It held residential family weekends in Portlaoise where several families and their children came to share their experiences and support one another in how losing a loved one has impacted and changed their lives.

The first farm accident survivors’ conference was held in November 2017.

For this event, Embrace FARM invited several farm accident survivors to share their stories, a professional panel of experts in sharing how the trauma surviving a farm accident

can affect more than just someone’s physical health and but their own and their families mental and emotional health.

The day was also represented in a practical sense in what supports are there to help families adapt to life post an accident with a professional panel of legal counsel, insurance experts and machinery adaptions.

Embrace FARM will continue its work throughout 2018 and invite you to please keep in touch through their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/embracefarmaccidents/ or website. https://embracefarm.com/

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News: Farm Trainee did great job on RTE’s Big Week on the Farm

We would like to congratulate Aaron Williams on his appearance as the O’Sullivans farm trainee on the RTE television show ‘Big Week on the Farm’ last week and all his hard work on the farm. Aaron showed the nation that his positive attitude and hard work gave him the chance to get the skills required to become a farm worker.

19-year-old Aaron from Tralee had never even stepped onto a farm before being selected as a trainee for this year’s hit RTE television show ‘Big Week on the Farm’. However, he took to the work like a duck to water.

FRS were part of Aaron’s journey as he was part of the FRS Dairy Operative Skills Programme. People like Aaron with no farming experience can get the experience they need through the FRS programme when they bring the right attitude and strong work ethic.

“I’ve always had an interest in farming and agriculture in general. My dad, John, delivered rations for Kerry Group; when I was younger I used to go around with him. However, it’s hard to get into farming if you’re not born into it or have some connection with a farm.” said Aaron.

Aaron said that the experience was a massive learning curve for him, but he is certain that he wants to pursue a career in farming.

He did his training on the O’Sullivans’ farm with Gillian and Neil playing the super roles as teachers and mentors and they helped him to bring his skills up.

At the end of the live final show on Friday Jane Marks from FRS announced the offer of a job to Aaron with FRS in Kerry, where he is from.

We wish Aaron all the best down the Kerry and encourage others to inquire about the FRS programme.

FRS takes people like Aaron under its wings to bring them through the Dairy Operative Skills Programme. Trainees 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 and paid a training rate during the working period.

For further details on the FRS Dairy Operative Skills Programme visit www.frsfarmrelief.ie/careers or contact Padraig Madden by e-mail pmadden@frsnetwork.ie or phone 086 0443945.

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The Final Stretch for Freeze Branding

This year’s freeze branding session is coming to a close, if farmers have not yet branded their cattle now is the time to do so. Realistically – cattle are not that easy to identify individually. At a glance, farmers want to be able to identify their animals so they can keep an eye out for animals showing signs of heat or those that may be showing signs of ill health.

Freeze branding allows the farmer to clearly view all these things and more on their individual animals accurately from a distance.
During the process a unique number is branded onto the animal’s hind with branding irons. This kills the pigment in the hair follicle and the hair grows back white. Freeze branding now plays a very important role in herd management and is obligatory for clear milk recording.

Freeze branding is often a more effective way of identifying the animals, as ear tags often get lost, the tag fades or eventually becomes unreadable due to dirt. There is a certain way in which freeze branding has to be done and in order to do so a professional is needed to carry out the procedure correctly.

When the goal is to get good clear readable brands dry ice and methylated spirits need to be used along with branding irons. Timing also plays a vital role and varies with age, weight and condition of the animal.

The advantages of freeze branding include:

• Freeze brands do not fall off or wear off
• The only permanent identification available for cows
• Ideal for identification in the milking parlour
• Easy to read from a distance
• Essential for stock identification
• Suitable for all animals but the younger the better
• With Dairy herds increasing in size it’s also harder to identify cattle in larger groups so in this case freeze branding is also essential for identification.

 

Farm relief services currently offer freeze branding and send out operators to help in branding the animals. It is advised that two sets of hands are available to secure the cow being branded. FRS can provide this extra help if required.
For more information or to get an operator to head out to you contact FRS Roscrea on 0505 21166 or FRS Cahir on 052 7441598.

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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.

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Jobs: Fencing & Retail Manager Required in Bandon

Bandon Based covering West, East and Mid Cork Areas.

Working as part of the established FRS fencing business in Cork and reporting to the Area manager the role of Fencing and Retail Manager will include;

  • Managing, promoting and developing strategies to grow the Contract and DIY Fencing Business.
  • Operator recruitment supervision & management
  • Developing & maintaining strong relationships with key suppliers and customers.
  • Building a strong brand presence and professional profile for the business.
  • Working to agreed targets.
  • Measuring and pricing of contract fencing projects.
  • Supervision & quality control of materials and projects.
  • Debtor control.
  • Stock Control.
  • Compliance with Health & Safety.

Candidates will need to have a clean full driving licence, good team working skills, excellent communication skills, proficiency in computers and a proven ability to plan, develop  and execute business strategies. Company vehicle provided.

E-mail CV to:  info@frsfencing.ie

Post CV to: Dan O’Riordan, FRS Fencing Manager, FRS Fencing,  Kanturk, Co. Cork

Closing date Dec 14 2015

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