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In the recent Macra na Feirme Young Farmer Survey undertaken by 134 young farmers the influence of TB status was clear. The impact of TB status on the ability to sell and the preference of buyers was addressed in the young farmer survey with the majority of young farmers (81%) answering that TB status would influence their purchasing choices. The attitude to TB status varied by the enterprise, dairy farmers were more concerned (86%) than beef farmers (75%) but the large majority of farmers across sectors agreed that the TB status of a herd would be influential. “TB is one of the most devastating diseases. The TB eradication programme has dragged on for years and young...

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Covid-19 has changed the way we approach our workday with many commutes being eliminated allowing for that time to be used differently. In the recent Macra na Feirme Rural Youth Survey those working in rural Ireland outside of farming were asked a series of questions concerning their work/life balance and the impact of Covid-19 on their lives. 53% of all young rural people surveyed responded that yes, they would like to work from home or from a remote working hub in the future, with 34% of respondents answering that no, they would not like to work from home or from...

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Job seekers and career changers be given the opportunity to sharpen their interview skills, thanks to a forthcoming webinar exclusively for Macra na Feirme members. ‘Job Interview Skills – Preparation and Execution’ is the title of the webinar hosted by Sli Nua Careers, one of the country’s leading career training agencies. The webinar, conducted by Sli Nua Careers MD Liam Horan, is free for members of Macra na Feirme. It will take place on Wednesday, February 17th, at 7.30pm. “We are delighted to team up with Sli Nua Careers to deliver this webinar which is timely given the current upheaval...

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The time is fast approaching when Macra members will be invited to elect a new National President for the 2021-2023 term.  Simultaneously, elections in Munster, the North West and Leinster regions of Macra will elect Vice-Presidents for the 2021-2023 term. The young farmers and rural youth body’s biannual national elections take place in April this year. Macra na Feirme has announced its key dates for this year’s elections: Wednesday 10th February - Issue of Nomination Papers to clubs Wednesday 3rd March - Nominations close Wednesday 17th March - Issue of ballot papers Wednesday 7th April – Election Count of ballot...

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  Macra na Feirme were delighted to launch a new club last month, a great start to the 2021 year. This new club is located in Ennistymon, Co. Clare. This brings the total number of Macra Clubs spread across Ireland to over 160. The launch of a new club Ennistymon Macra took place last Wednesday evening (27th January) online via Zoom, attracting a sizeable attendance. The launch of the Ennistymon club was led by Clare Macra chairman Cillian Griffey. “Macra is a national social organisation catering for 17-35 year olds with a wide range of interests including agriculture, sports, public...

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