Hayes website

 Pictured L2R are John Hayes, Munster rugby icon & Hereford breeder, Pat Griffin, Senior Inspector Health & Safety Authority,

Mairead McGuinness MEP, Norma Rohan, founder of Embrace Farm with Ivor Ferguson, UFU President

#Embrace FARM  the support network for those affected by farm accidents hosted its 5th Ecumenical Remembrance Service in the Church of the Most Holy Rosary in Abbeyleix County Laois last Sunday 24th June 2018 at 2.00pm.The impressive and very meaningful service was led by Catholic Bishop, Denis Nulty and the Church of Ireland, Canon Harvey along with other Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic clergy.

It is was well supported by farming organisations and agribusiness personnel from DAFM, HSA, HSENI, ICMSA, ICSA, FRS Networks,  IFA,  Teagasc, UFU, YFCU and by politicians, and relatives of 140 bereaved families from all over Ireland.

After the service, the large attendance was treated to finger food and light refreshments (sponsored) in the local Abbeyleix Manor hotel. The Agri VIP’s on the day included the following: 

  • Minister for Agriculture & Food, Michael Creed TD;
  • Mairead McGuinness MEP & Vice President of the European Parliament.
  • An Taoiseach’s Aide-De-Camp Captain Larry Scallan;
  • Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin
  • Canon Patrick Harvey, Church of Ireland.
  • Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association (ICMSA) president Pat McCormack;
  • Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) president Patrick Kent;
  • Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) president Ivor Ferguson;
  • Ulster Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFCU) president James Speers;
  • Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) director general Damian McDonald;
  • Caroline Farrell, Chairperson of IFA Family Farm Committee
  • Pat Farrell, Kildare farmer, Chairman of IFA Animal Health Committee.
  • Martin Keane, Chairman of Glanbia Coop
  • Pat Griffin, Senior Inspector, Health & Safety Authority
  • Keith Morrison, Chief Executive, Health & Safety Executive of Northern Ireland
  • Peter Byrne, CEO of FRS Networks
  • Former Irish Rugby international John Hayes;
  • Aidan O’Driscoll, Secretary General, Department of Agriculture;
  • John McNamara, Health & Safety Specialist, Teagasc.
  • Larry Goodman, AB P Food group owner

Embrace FARM was 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. Details of the board are on their updated and much-improved website (sponsored) at https://embracefarm.com/about-embrace-farm-2/  A number of sponsored events are also be organised during each year for widows and children from the bereaved families.


Pictured L2R at the launch of the new Farmex show are Norma Rohan, Embrace Farm, a dairy farmer & IHFA member, Michael Moroney, CEO of Farm Contractors Ireland, Minister Michael Creed TD with Galway lady Maura Canning, former Chairperson of IFA Family Farm Committee

FARMEX the business of farming is a new a one day conference & trade exhibition on how to increase profitability, sustainability and add long-term equity value of the family farm business.

It was launched on July 5 at Agriculture House by Michael Creed TD, Minister for Agriculture & Food.

The major sponsor is Eurogene AI services and LIC Ireland. Larry Burke, Territory Manager for Ireland said that they were delighted to support this new Agri event.

This new show has the support of Animal Health Ireland, Embrace Farm, Farm Contractors of Ireland (FCI), FRS Networks, Glanbia Agribusiness, ICMSA, ICSA, IHFA, Teagasc, UCD, Waterford IT

The Farmex conference will include eight one hour seminars on Agritech, Animal Health/Nutrition, Dairying, Farm Business, Livestock & Tillage.

Each seminar will include four top-class speakers (10 minutes each) followed by a Q & A session chaired by a well-known Agri VIP.

These celebrities include Pat McCormack, ICMSA President, Patrick Kent, ICSA President, Maura Canning, former Chairperson of IFA Farm Family Committee,

Darragh McCulloch, Dept., Editor of the Farming Independent, Matt O’Keeffe, Editor, Irish Farmers Monthly, Brian Reidy, a columnist with the Farming Examiner,

Mike Magan, Chairman of Animal Health Ireland and Derry Dillon, ASA President.

This is also a Dept. of Agriculture (DAFM) Knowledge Transfer approved event for livestock & tillage farmers.

It will take place on Friday, October 12th, 2018 at the Hub, Cillin Hill, Kilkenny.

The Hub is the largest arena in the south-east of Ireland and home to many successful Agri events.

3,000 attendees are projected; intensive marketing and social media campaign are underway over the next three months.

The organisers are hoping to attract Agribusiness, advisory and educational personnel, family farmers, Ag students, farm managers, farm contractors and Agri-Food Science students to attend this event.

Tickets are20 for adults, €10 for agri-students with free car parking and a low-cost travel via Bus Eireann at only €15/20 per person return.

Book online at www.farmex.ie  , save €5 on your ticket, fill in a short questionnaire and enter a free draw for €2,500 in Agri input & services prizes.

A number of Farm Safety demos will also be organised on the day with the Garda, HSA & Teagasc.

Within 200km (125 miles) of Kilkenny  (or a comfortable two ½ hour drive) you have almost 94% of the dairy cows in the state 1.342 M out of 1.433

 (CSO Data June 2017) Within 125 km or 80 miles ok Kilkenny you have 70% of the dairy cows (1.005M), cattle, lowland sheep & arable crops.

 So an excellent venue for Agribusiness trade exhibitors to meet livestock & tillage farmers

For further info please contact Liam De Paor B.Agr.Sc MPRII, Co-Founder and Event Organiser

Farmex – Business of farming

T: 01 4137379 | m: 086 255 7643 | www.farmex.ie





Holstein NI website

Family day out for the Martin Family at the Balmoral show.

Pictured left to right on the busy Dairymaster stand are  Vanessa Martin,  John Martin Holstein NI, Katie Martin and Sean Reid Cookstown Dairy Services

Award Winning Health & Fertility Monitoring System and Milking Equipment at Balmoral Show 2018

Cookstown Dairy Services and Dairymaster technical and salespeople were available on Stand C52 during Balmoral Show to advise dairy farmers on award-winning and cost-effective milking, cooling, feeding, cleaning and health & fertility monitoring systems. As usual, they were showcasing the latest in dairy equipment and technology.

Dairy farmers looking to reduce costs and improve farm incomes in these challenging times could discuss future options with experts on milking plants, hi-tech dairy equipment, herd health and fertility and feeding systems. Technical and sales personnel in attendance on the stand included Sean and John Reid, Gavin Connaughty, David Smith and Michael Callaghan from Cookstown Dairy Services along with Pat Ryan, Ger Corcoran and Niall O’Hanlon from Dairymaster.

The award-winning equipment on display included milking, feeding, cooling, manure scrapers, herd health and fertility monitoring systems. In particular milk producers can check out the Swiftflo Swing parlour and Swiftflo Revolver rotary parlours, the New SwiftCool Duo heat recovery unit and the environmentally friendly, energy efficient SwiftCool bulk milk tank.

Other equipment on view were Auto washers, FeedRite parlour feeders, Swiftflo Commander, CleanSweep manure scrapers, drafting gates and the multiple award-winning MooMonitor+ herd health and fertility monitoring system.In addition, milk producers could see the ClusterCleanse flushing system that rinses each cluster after each cow is milked which results in a more hygienic cluster. This reduces the risk of "cow-to-cow" cross-infection and contagious mastitis. Lower SCC means higher milk quality payments and better herd health.

There were special offers on the stand throughout the week on selected items. This will include a prize draw by an Agricultural VIP at 5 pm each day of the show for a 21Kg Drum of Cluster Cleanse worth over £50. Details on winners were posted on Facebook and Twitter each day. With ClusterCleanse there is no need to replace existing milking clusters or purchase any special liners and it does not affect the milking vacuum level.

Editor’s Note

Dairymaster is a world market leader for dairy equipment with customers in more than 40 countries, including Britain, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Russia and the USA.

*Dairymaster was awarded Innovation Awards for the MooMonitor+ at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin, USA, National Ploughing Championships, Ireland, the Hungarian Great Plain Animal Husbandry and Agricultural Exhibition, the UK at both UK Dairy Day and the Farm Business Cream award for innovation and most recently at the Grand Prix TechAgro 2018 in the Czech Republic.

The MooMonitor+ allows farmers to detect heats with ease, through advanced data analysis. It can also identify other behaviours such as feeding, rumination and wellness, resting and restlessness. It is designed for both indoors and outdoors with up to 1,000 metres range monitoring cows in real time.

For further information please contact Lisa Herlihy, Marketing Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Tel: +353 87 9529291 More information on Dairymaster is available on their website at www.dairymaster.com Please check out their Facebook page, Twitter account and YouTube channel. For further information please check out http://cookstowndairyservices.com  

www.dairymaster.com or the Video link for Moomonitor + at goo.gl/4r6fLK   and for the Swiftcool  app at goo.gl/xi5oJT