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Farm Safety Tips from Beef Farmer, Tommy Holmes

As part of Farm Safety Week, beef farmer Tommy Holmes from Co. Mayo, discusses farm safety on his farm along with his Teagasc advisor Tom Kelly, Teagasc Ballina on this week’s Beef Edge podcast.

Tommy outlines his store to finishing system and describes how he has moved from suckler cows to bull beef and now to bullocks.

A large proportion of all fatal workplace accidents occur in agriculture each year and Tommy outlines how he has made his farm safer with good handling facilities. Tommy also highlights how he services his tractor twice a year and is always checking the safety guards are in place.

Tom Kelly his local Teagasc advisor gives tips for farmers to stay safe on their farm, in particular, carrying their mobile phone so they can contact someone in an emergency.

Tom explains that farmers can apply for TAMS grants for various safety equipment on their farm ranging from head scoop to calving gates while he recommends farmers complete the Teagasc safety course and regularly update their Farm Risk Assessment Document which is available here:

Farm Safety Code of Practice Risk Assessment Document (PDF)

For further information on farm safety week  from Teagasc see  Farm Safety Week

For more episodes and information covered on the Beef Edge, visit the show page at: www.teagasc.ie/thebeefedge 

All this week on Teagasc Daily we will be following the themes of Farm Safety Week on a Daily basis so be sure to check in with Teagasc Daily each day for more