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Traditionally in Ireland, the working farm dog has always been the border collie and this is still the case today. The black and white pooches with their low, loping, stride are still a familiar sight on the backroads and laneways of the countryside moving their woolly charges from one pasture to the next. Other herding breeds are occasionally used, such as the New Zealand huntaway and the Australian kelpie. A well trained dog with the right temperament is worth its weight in gold to a farmer.
‘It is only when you work alongside extremely poor that you realise that statistics never tell the full story’
With an infant mortality rate of almost 20 per cent, a life expectancy of just 58 years, and an HIV/AIDS epidemic that kills 50,000 people a year and has orphaned as many as 700,000 children, the stark facts about life in Kenya can be depressing.
The sun was finally shining and the birds were singing their morning song when the Skywhale took its maiden voyage over the city of Galway today, giving some commuters, early-morning risers, and even a few cows an unexpected surprise.
Independent Senator Fidelma Healy Eames has asked Minister Paschal O’Donohoe to consider using the old N6 for the Greenway cycleway from Ballinasloe to Galway.
A number of county councillors have expressed unhappiness about a new policy whereby the details of farmers’ grants from Europe are being published online. This follows new EU regulations, which required details of all payments made to Common Agriculture Policy beneficiaries in 2014 to be published by member states. Some €1.8 billion was paid to 130,000 farmers and rural enterprises nationwide under CAP schemes last year.
A number of county councillors have expressed unhappiness about a new policy whereby the details of farmers' grants from Europe are being published online. This follows new EU regulations, which required details of all payments made to Common Agriculture Policy beneficiaries in 2014 to be published by member states. Some €1.8 billion was paid to 130,000 farmers and rural enterprises nationwide under CAP schemes last year.
This week's spell of sunshine has led to a flurry of farmers cutting grass in anticipation of making bales of silage and hay. People may have noticed fields around Galway featuring a new bright colour in the form of a more feminine pink wrap on the round bales. If so, commend the farmer for supporting a clever new initiative called 'Wrap it Pink'.
CHAROLAIS IS an age-old tale of female rivalry with a new twist: the other ‘woman’ is a purebred Charolais heifer. A farmer devotes considerable attention to his prize heifer at the expense of his very pregnant girlfriend Siobhan, who in turn has developed a homicidal jealousy for this Charolais and is feeling equally murderous towards her snobbish soon-to-be mother-in-law.
In August 1896 WB Yeats and his friend Arthur Symons went on a tour of the west of Ireland. The poet was 31 years of age. They stayed with Edward Martyn at Tulira Castle, Ardrahan, visited the Aran Islands, and Yeats made his first visit to Lady Gregory at Coole Park.
Sheep farmers from all over the region are invited to enter a special ewe with twin lambs competition which will be held at Roscommon Mart on Wednesday April 29, the opening day of this year’s Roscommon Lamb Festival.