Macra Club News and Events From Around Ireland 16th November

Post on: Fri, 16, November 2018

Pictured are Macra members who took part in Child Protection Training on Tuesday 13th November in the Bush Hotel Carrick on Shannon

Awbeg Macra

Some nights are just Pawfect!!!!

Last Friday night in Mourneabbey Awbeg Macra members were delighted to present a cheque of €800 to Autism Assistance Dogs. A truly worthy cause and we would like to thank them for coming along and bringing the lovely Spence!

Well done to all members who helped raise the money at our Sumo wrestling, 45 card drive and games night back in October.

We also had our weekly sports night Friday in Mourneabbey. Our next sports night will be this Friday at 7pm in Mourneabbey.

Awbeg Macra would like to wish club members Tracey Fraher and Brian Murphy the very best wishes on their wedding day this Saturday. We hope you both have a lifetime of happiness together.

Awbeg Macra’s Mystery Tour will take place on Saturday 24th November, some places are still available on the bus, tickets are €20. Contact the Macra phone (085) 772 9798 or Facebook page for more details.


Kilkenny Macra

Hey Folks it’s time for our next farm walk of the year we will be going on a dairy based walk this time & we have a smashing farm lined up. On Fri 23rd Nov @ 7:30pm we will be going to Simon Cantwell’s farm he's not a Kilkenny Macra man but just over the border in our great neighbours Laois Macra na Feirme, he was a runner up for Young Farmer of the year in 2017, we will be discussing Breeding, Dry cow Management & Herd Health. However, apart from dairy, a big emphasis is placed on grass measuring too and fodder management for this year will be discussed as this farm was hit hard with the drought. This farm is just outside of Durrow. We had such a great turnout @ our last walk lets keep it going, Hope to see you all there.


Carrigaline Macra Annual Agriculture Conference

On Monday 12th Carrigaline Macra hosted their annual Ag Talk in the Rochestown Park Hotel. The much-anticipated event on the Irish agricultural calendar was another huge success with high profile speakers such as Patrick Coveney, Chief Executive of Greencore; John Jordan, Chief Executive of Ornua; Prof. Gerry Boyle, Director of Teagasc; Gerry Murphy, Meteorologist of Met Éireann and Bryan Doocey, AIB Agricultural Advisor. The event was chaired excellently by Damien O’Reilly, RTE Journalist and presenter of the show Countrywide. Patrick Coveney gave an outline of various issues affecting Irish agriculture including Brexit and the prospect of the revival of the sugar beet industry in Ireland. He also outlined his company’s place in the food market here, in the UK and elsewhere. John Jordan described how they are representing the members of the Ornua dairy co-op.

Prof. Gerry Boyle suggested how Ireland could best tackle the multi-faceted issue of climate change. Gerry Murphy gave a detailed analysis of how to predict the weather and how he sees the climate changing over the coming years and decades. Bryan Doocey also spoke about the range of supports which AIB have for farmers. There was also a variety of agri stands on show in the room on the night including Eurogene, Munster A.I, Progressive Genetics, Dairygold, Southern Farm Fuels, The Farm Store, Grasstec, Grasshopper (aka True North Technologies), Teagasc, Moocall, Howard Farm Feeds and O’Donovans Engineering. There was also a free raffle on the night where audience participants won two sets of two tickets to the Irish National Dairy Show. They also got the chance to win an iPad provided by AIB, the sponsors of the night.

The agri talk is a free event for the agricultural community organised by Carrigaline Macra every year. Other events include their annual New Year’s Eve Ball which is always a hugely well attended, sell-out event as well. Information on both events can be found on the club website . The club also takes part in activities such as drama, music, comedy, debating, public speaking, travel, community involvement, agriculture and sports. All this information can be found on their website or through their social media channels which include Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram. Give it a go!


Pearl Mussel Project

The Pearl Mussel Project EIP are organising a series of indoor farmer consultation meetings in the various project river catchments in December which may be of interest to you or a member of your organisation. The consultation meetings will outline the background and aims of the project. At these meetings we hope to get input from the farm communities on the design and implementation of the scheme. All are welcome to attend.

November meetings in the Galway, Mayo and Donegal Catchments:

• Dawros Catchment: FORUM Connemara, Letterfrack, Co. Galway. Monday the 3rd of December at 8pm
• Bundorragha Catchment: Glen Keen Farm, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo. Tuesday the 4th of December at 8pm
• Owenriff Catchment: The Boat Inn, Oughterard, Co. Galway. Wednesday the 5th of December at 8pm
• Glaskeelan Catchment: Colmcille Heritage Centre, Church Hill, Co. Donegal. Thursday the 6th of December at 8pm

The Pearl Mussel Project EIP are establishing a voluntary farm scheme in eight priority river catchments in Ireland. The scheme will incentivise farmers to improve the environmental condition of their farms with the aim of enhancing watercourses for the endangered Freshwater Pearl Mussel. The scheme will be results based in that the better the environmental result the higher the payment to farmers. The overall project budget is €10 million. The eight river catchments include:

• Bundorragha River Catchment, Co. Mayo
• Caragh River Catchment, Co. Kerry
• Currane River Catchment, Co. Kerry
• Blackwater River Catchment, Co. Kerry
• Dawros River Catchment, Co. Galway
• Glaskeelan River Cathcment, Co. Donegal
• Ownagappul River Catchment, Co. Cork
• Owenriff River Catchment, Co. Galway


The Pearl Mussel Project is an EIP (European Innovation Partnership) Locally Led Scheme. The Project is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine as part of Ireland's Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.


Dairy Day Tuesday November 20th

The Irish Farmers Journal are delighted to announce the return of Dairy Day 2018. An Irish Farmers Journal event, supported by Bord Bia, it takes place on Tuesday 20 November 2018 in Punchestown Event Centre, Co. Kildare.

The event which is in its second year is a full day conference and exhibition with over 50 national and international speakers and over 70 exhibitors with the aim of providing solutions for an expanded dairy sector.

Dairy Editor, Aidan Brennan will lead the more practical based Skills Hub on the day with a host of different topics up for discussion. Aidan will be joined by experts who will discuss and debate topics such as –

How to never run out of silage again;

Hands free calving;

How to design the perfect handling unit;

Tactics when cash and feed is tight;

Attracting millennials to work on dairy farms;

Getting though your SDAS inspection with Bord Bia.

The skills hub will run from 10am in 30 minute sessions and will be repeated in the afternoon.

Dr. Jack Kennedy, Deputy Editor will lead the Beyond the Parlour Hub which explores the international experience on doing the right thing while adding value for farmers. Dr. Kennedy and his panel of speakers will examine the growing industry and who wins.

New for Dairy Day 2018 is the “Calf Shed Talks” brought to you by Farmers Journal Vet, Tommy Heffernan. Tommy along with the Livestock team will deliver hands-on advice and tips on how to have happy healthy calves. Cork based vet Hazel Mullins will join the team to demonstrate what can happen during the calving season. On the day there will be a real-life calf shed and the team will showcase the various options available to farmers for the coming season.