The heavy duty timber clean up yet to be done after the storms

 

Following the recent storms in late October, we are now faced with the task of clearing and cutting up fallen trees and branches. This type of work, while not apparent to every farmer, landowner or golf club, is very dangerous and in safety terms it is classed as ‘high risk’ work. High risk demands a high level of safety to manage this work.

This means checking your insurance cover, having proper training and hiring or using what’s called ‘competent people” to do the work.

Getting your neighbour and some locals in to help is not the right thing to do unless you are fully satisfied that they are all trained and competent to use chainsaws and all wear the proper protective clothing.

FRS Training provide various levels of chainsaw training from basic maintenance and cross cutting right up to large felling and also deliver general tree care type of work, such as using pole saws, snedding and dealing with windblows. FRS offer a choice of certification including City & Guilds, Lantra and QQI.

Jim Dockery, FRS Training Manager said, “It is very positive to see that people are taking the required safety steps when it comes to chainsaws and arranging to do the courses. I can appreciate the work that they are facing into and with recent levels of accidents especially on farms I commend them for picking up the phone to us to find out how they can safely tackle the clean-up and safe guard themselves and their workers.”

Jim reports that many golf clubs, estates and stud farms where trees had fallen were very quick off the mark to get their staff trained as they fully realise the dangers of this type of work and have checked with their insurers before they came along and booked the courses.

Jim says; “great care must be taken when cutting up large trees that have fallen, remember they can still be dangerous as they can roll and the stumps can fall back causing serious injury.”

He warns of the particular dangers of dealing with hang ups (one tree caught up in another) as this requires specialised equipment and skills and should not be tackled alone or without proper training.

Following Coillte’s recent exit from chainsaw felling & training services FRS have stepped in to fill customer needs with an expanded course list offering a wide range of certified training to meet this need for customers.

Eugene Doyle, FRS Training said “There are many high-risk hazards associated with the chainsaw and many people take these for granted and have suffered the consequences. Risk of accidents can be greatly reduced by getting proper training to match the task in hand, and wearing proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at all times. Anyone contemplating felling trees or dealing with windblown trees needs to be fully trained and certified.”

3 Basic Rules of Chainsaw Safety

1- Never saw alone
2- Never saw above shoulder height
3- Never saw without competent training and proper PPE

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Suitable PPE must be provided and worn regardless of the job size in order to protect those parts of the body susceptible to injury. All equipment should conform to the relevant European Standards and be of good working standard and suitable to match the job in hand.

Chainsaw PPE should include:
• Safety Helmet;(combi)
• Safety Boots;
• Chainsaw Gloves;
• Chainsaw Pants.
• Hi Vis Jacket

Find out more
To book a chainsaw course to safeguard yourself and your workers contact Eugene Doyle on 086 8117986 or Linda Crampton on 0505 31578 or visit http://www.frstraining.com/chainsaw

 

Solas Contracted Training Tender

FRS Training welcome expressions of interest from training organisations who would potentially like to work with us as subcontractors, as part of the new framework to commence in 2018. We are interested in working with subcontractors who have previous experience working with ETB’s in the following regions:

  • Cork
  • Kerry
  • Tipperary
  • Kilkenny/Carlow
  • Laois/Offaly
  • Waterford/Wexford
  • Kildare/Wicklow
  • Laois/Offaly

Please direct your interest to tenders@frstraining.com

 

Health and Safety / Construction Tutors Required

FRS Training is interested in engaging with qualified health and safety construction tutors with experience in the delivery of:

  • Safe Pass
  • Signing Lighting Guarding (SLG)
  • Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWP)
  • Chainsaw Operation (North West)
  • 180/360 Degree Excavator
  • Artic Dumper Operation
  • Mini Digger Operation
  • Slinger Signaller Operation
  • Telescopic Handler Operation
  • Abrasive Wheels (Galway & West)

Please send your CV and cover letter to recruitment@frstraining.com

Healthcare Tutors Required

FRS Training is interested in engaging with qualified healthcare tutors to deliver QQI level 5 courses nationwide.  Modules include:  Care of the older person, care skills, infection prevention and control, care support, work practice, communications and palliative care.  Candidates should be qualified in nursing with a further qualification in training.

Please send your CV and cover letter to recruitment@frstraining.com

FRS Milking Course: Creating Quality Milkers from Beginners

To date, the Best Practice in milking course has proven to be a great success amongst farmers throughout Ireland.  Hundreds of farmers both experienced and inexperienced have completed the course and each one has benefitted from doing it in some way.  The QQI accredited course which is ran in conjunction with FRS, Teagasc and AHI is available nationwide for anyone looking to become a milker or simply improve their skills.

 

John Anthony O’Brien, a farmer from Westmeath, successfully completed the milking course in July 2015 in Mullingar. John himself has a herd of 105 cows on his farm where he resides with his mother, wife Carmen and two daughters Remy and Pia. He hopes to increase his herd to 120 over the coming years.

 

Before the milking course, John had little knowledge of milking so decided to do the course in hope of furthering his milking skills and knowledge. He wasn’t left unsatisfied. Completing the course as a new entrant to milking John found he learned a lot and gained great experience.

 

“I found the whole course and how each part was run and explained to be very good.  I was a new entrant so I had very limited knowledge and experience so I found it really helped me.  It was fantastic.”

 

Everything John learned in the Milking course was new information to him and coming in as a beginner he found he retained it all and picked things up quite quickly. Every part of it for him was value for money.

 

“I think the course really is great value.  Every part of the course was new to me, the whole running of the parlour and the set up was great.  The practical milking itself and the whole concept behind a proper milking routine really stuck with me.”

 

The way the course is divided into practical and theory changes it up but also gives the farmers the information along with the hands on experience.  For John, having the practical side to the course is a bonus.

 

“I really liked the mix between the theory and the practical but the practical side is always great.  With being told something, things can fly over your head whereas when you are shown something hands on and see it happening in-front of you it really clicks.”

 

Before doing the milking course, John had no parlour of his own.  After completing the milking course in the Summer of 2015, John began constructing his own milking parlour which he had up and running by January 2016. 

 

“Before I did the course I didn’t have anything – no milking parlour at all.  I only started the roadways about two months afterwards and I was milking my first cows in the parlour in the January.”

 

Doing the milking course impacted on how John decided to go about building his milking parlour and the way in which he was going to lay it out.

 

“The course really did impact on how I would go about my parlour.  Parts of the course really influenced me.  I got a lot of helpful tips during the course from the tutor.  Simple things like row right handed turns, roadways and how a row should be wide enough to get a straight run into and out of your parlour. It all comes down to how cows act and react to their surroundings.”

 

John wouldn’t hesitate in recommending and encouraging others to do the milking course. 

 

“I really would recommend the course to others.  For me personally, I knew nothing so it was all new to me.  It was information I needed badly but I think there’s something there for everybody be it an experienced milker or not.”

 

Although there were people there who had milked all their lives the course does cater for those who are just starting out too.

 

“There were lads in there who were relief milking all their life and experienced, I think they found it interesting too and learned things that they didn’t previously know.  There was something there for everybody to be honest it really was worthwhile.”

 

For more information or to book a spot on the course call Pat Reilly on  086 4634155 or visit www.frstraining.com/milkingcourse.

 

 

 

 

 

TAMS Farm Safety Training

Farm Safety training is now mandatory under the TAMS scheme. It is a requirement of the scheme that all applicants must have completed within the last five years prior to the date of application or the submission of their claim for payment a half day Farm Safety Code of Practice training day.

FRS Training are running these half day courses nationwide for only €40 per person.

 You can book online at here

 

 

Invitation to Trainers to Express Interest

FRS Training are interested in hearing from experienced trainers to join our growing network. We’d like to hear from trainers with at least 1-2 years’ experience training in at least two of the following skill areas. Experience in multiple skill areas is highly regarded.

1. Employability: The delivery of high quality job-focused training that will enable participants to meet learning and development needs, including building interview skills and CV preparation.

2. Sales, communication and time management skills.

3. IT / ECDL: The delivery of IT training including Microsoft Office / ECDL.

4. Health & safety: The delivery of high quality training in the areas of health and safety management, manual handling, occupational first aid and Safe Pass.

5. Security: Delivery of security training in door & guarding, door security procedures, fire safety, legislation and security supervision.

6. Retail: Delivery of retail training in customer service, legislation, communications, selling and display.

7. Childcare: Delivery of childcare training in early childhood care (Level 5).

8. Construction: Delivery of construction training in the operation of machines / equipment to industry standards, including: mobile access tower, forklift, mini digger and site dumper.

9. Manufacturing: Delivery of manufacturing training including: production assembly, manufacturing processes, equipment and quality assurance.

10. Warehousing: The delivery of warehouse operations and functions training including: stock and orders, stock control and management, communications and health and safety.

11. Catering: The delivery of catering skills training including: food safety, meal service, short order and kitchen skills and customer service.

12. Hospitality: The delivery of hospitality training including: hospitality operations, customer service, food & beverage and health and safety.

13. Contact Centre: Delivery of call centre operations and administration including: customer service, inbound and outbound communications and selling.

Please send your CV to recruitment@frstraining.com

Keeping those weeds at Bay

One thing which grows exceptionally well, regardless of the weather, are weeds in Ireland and this year is no exception. Weeds this year are very plentiful particularly in grassland. FRS in Cahir have the perfect weed solution to help with your weed issues and FRS Training provide the sprayer training courses to ensure you are compliant with the new Department of Agriculture directive.
Weeds and Briars 

From this time of year onwards, weeds and briars become a major problem with electric fences around farm land. The major problem which arises is the strength in the power of the electric fencing diminishing dramatically. The best way to control this is by using weed killer. Grazon 90 is one of the best on the market and is preferred by many farmers.
Grassland Weeds
A large amount of weeds which grow on grassland, compete with grass for nutrients and space. In turn, these weeds are reducing the amount of grass available to the grazing animals. There are several sprays on the market which will fight against the reoccurring growth of these weeds and can be purchased in all DIY stores. Ask for assistance if you are unsure.
Buttercup
There are many sprays on the market which will eliminate buttercups from your garden. Spraying with forefront or pastor will solve this problem as well as the growth of other weeds.
Rushes
Rushes tend to cause a big problem for farmers. With the amount of rainfall we get in Ireland there is always a significant increase in the amount of rushes on the land. A combination of a 2 4 D based product and Torpedo 2 appears to be quite effective in killing it off as due to its vigorous nature it can be quite difficult to dispose of.
Docks
Docks are a constant scourge on most farms however they are relatively easy to control. There are a number of effective sprays on the market. The only problem which underlies is there reoccurrence. Many products are available to counteract against docks, however many are very severe on clover therefore it is best to consult with your supplier on the appropriate product to suit your needs.

Boom Sprayer Pesticide Application Courses
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine announced the implementation of the Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive (SUD). This directive stipulates that professional users, ie farmers and distributers of plant protection products will be required to be trained and registered with the Department by November 26th 2015. Farmers need to be compliant and the training courses required are commonly known as Boom Sprayers and Knapsack Sprayers.
FRS Training is a FETAC/QQI approved professional pesticide user training provider and has tailored its courses to suit farming life. The courses involve two tutor led training days, but they are not consecutive days, which lessens the burden to farmers and also incorporates independent learning that the farmer can complete on their own farms.
After completing the Boom Sprayer Pesticide QQI Level 5 course and the Hand Held Pesticide Application QQI level 5 course with FRS, farmers will be able to explain the terminology, describe procedures for safe handling, demonstrate knowledge of the laws and regulations relating to poisonous substances, interpret pesticide label information correctly, prepare boom sprayer/knapack sprayer for work and make up and apply a pesticide spray mix.
Further information on registration and training requirements and hard copies of all registration forms visit http://www.pcs.agriculture.gov.ie
Contact FRS Training on 1890 20 1000 to book your course or visit http://www.frstraining.com. FRS courses are available Nationwide at competitive pricing and group discounts.

Article; The Strive To Expand

In 2015, for the first time in over 30 years, farmers can now expand milk production without the hassle of milk quotas. The whole abolition of quota presents great opportunities for dairy farmers to expand. There will be undoubtedly success for many, for others, however, expansion may bring heavier workloads and increased stress without any long term benefits.
The main requirement for the whole expansion process is that it is stainable from all aspects for the business perspective. This basically means, that the business should focus on the accurate conversion of home grown feed to saleable products that are recognised as being of high quality and are safe to consume.
In a lot of cases, expansion is not planned effectively. There is no money in expansion the money only starts to come in once you have expanded. From farm to farm, the amount of investment needed varies. Expansion costs are indeed very individual.
Getting ready for expansion or conversion can be a challenging as well as a rewarding experience, here are the main tips and advice to help you along the way in your expansion:

• Plan your farm with labour efficiency in mind, design sheds, roads, yards, milking parlour and handling facilities with cow and operator comfort and safety in mind and also with the objective of getting the job done quickly.
• Plan your time in advance to make the best use of it and your farm worker’s time. Don’t be afraid to delegate and don’t get over worked as it will do you no favours in the long run.
• Use only skilled, trained, insured staff. FRS can provide this as well as giving you one invoice which is tax deductible. Black market labour can be very costly if the work is not carried out correctly, it can also end up costing you more if you compare to the net cost of using FRS (including for tax deductibility).
• Make a plan for your record-keeping, don’t let paperwork get on top of you or keep you from the important business of farming. Check out Herdwatch our new software and app for herd management to make your paperwork and compliance recording more efficient. It saves farmers up to four hours per week on paperwork. http://www.herdwatch.ie for more information.
• Evaluate your own training needs – enrol in the FRS/AHI/Teagasc, Best Practice in Milking Course – it should improve your routine and milk quality. It will also gain you a FETAC Level 6 Certificate. Identify any other training needs you may have and get your-self upskilled eg. financial, time management, chainsaw safety, spraying operations, Quad bike etc. Check out http://www.frstraining.com for specialised agricultural and business courses.
• Protect your livelihood by planning for unforeseen circumstances such as accident or illness. Join the FRS Membership Benefit Scheme which gives you the peace of mind that your farm will be looked after if you are unable to work. Visit http://www.frsfarmrelief.ie/membership for further details.
• Make sure your farm is a safe and comfortable working environment. Are there any areas which could be made safer or more efficient? Complete or update your safety statement and check out farm safety courses available through http://www.frstrainig.com.
• FRS can help you to plan for expansion, call us for confidential, no-obligation free advice. We can tailor packages to suit your farm needs.
Realistically sustainable expansion has three main aims: Firstly, It should be profitable for the farmer. Secondly, it should look after the environment and thirdly it should improve the lifestyle of the farmer over all. It is already evident since the abolition of milk quotas that there is going to be a significant increase in milk production over the coming years.
If you are looking for any expansion tips or advice do not hesitate to contact FRS on (0505) 22100 or visit our website http://www.frsfarmrelief.ie