Monday marked the start of the fourth annual Farm Safety Week. This initiative was launched with the aim of reducing the number of farm accidents. At the moment, the agriculture industry has the poorest safety record of any occupation in Ireland and the UK.
During Farm Safety Week (4-8 July) there will be five days of themed practical farm safety advice and guidance asking farmers to consider ‘Who would fill your boots?’ if an accident occurred on the farm.
Macra na Feirme have partnered with the Farm Contractors of Ireland to roll out their safe tractor driving course through our Young Farmer Skillnet Training Programme. The training programme is currently compiling a practical farm safety skills course which will be launched shortly and deliver practical safety training to young farmers.
Macra na Feirme partners with IFAC Accountants for the roll out of their Young Farmer Development Groups programmes and activities and all their events have a farm safety focus built into them.
“The current pressure on farm incomes and certain commodities is resulting in young farmers reducing their spend on regular maintenance and upgrade of facilities and machinery. The direct consequence of this is an increase in the risk of accident or injury to the farmer,” said Macra na Feirme National President Sean Finan.