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.”

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.”

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FRS Milking Course: Perfecting the everyday farmer’s milking skills

The Best Practice in milking course was launched in 2015 and since then has proven to be a great success amongst the farming community throughout Ireland. Hundreds of farmers both experienced and inexperienced have completed the course and benefited from it in some way. The QQI accredited course which is run in conjunction with FRS, Teagasc and AHI is available nationwide for anyone looking to become a milker or to simply improve their skills.

Diarmuid Scannell a farmer from Crookstown in County Cork completed the course September last year in Roscrea, Co. Tipperary. Diarmuid came across an advertisement for the course online and was intrigued. He wanted to complete the course to see what it had to offer and what he himself could take home from it.

“I don’t have my own farm but I work on a farm and would be always milking. I came across the milking course on the internet and I decided to do the course because I was interested to see what was involved and to see if it would benefit me in the long run.”

Everything Diarmuid learned on the course benefited him in some way especially learning to use both hands when milking.

“What I took away from the course was being able to switch hands for milking and milking with both hands. I never did that before but do it all the time now.”

The way in which the course is divided into practical and theory changes it up but also gives the farmers the theory part along with the hands on experience. Diarmuid found the way in which the course was run to be very efficient:

“The layout of the course and they way in which it is run is A1. The trainer was also great and showed us clearly how everything should be done.”

Diarmuid would definitely recommend the course to all farmers whether they are experienced or inexperienced:]

“I would definitely recommend the course to other farmers. Learning how to milk properly and being able to use both hands when milking was great, I never did this before. We are all milking cows but most of us farmers are not milking cows properly.”

Successful completion of the “Best Practice in Milking Course” will result in a FETAC/QQI level 6 certificate. It involves two days training followed by an assessment and includes practical on farm milking sessions. The course itself is designed to develop the skills of the milker to ensure that all cows are milked effectively and efficiently and reduce preventable waste by improving somatic cell counts (SCC) and better milk quality.

Course are available nationwide. For more information or to book a spot on the course call Pat Reilly on 086 4634155 or visit course.



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



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.
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 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 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
Contact FRS Training on 1890 20 1000 to book your course or visit FRS courses are available Nationwide at competitive pricing and group discounts.