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Teagasc Launch Service for Farm Families Affected by Farm Accidents

Teagasc Launch Service for Farm Families Affected by Farm Accidents
Pictured at the launch of the Teagasc Tragic Event Service for Family Farms at the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore are Brian Rohan, Embrace, Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food & The Marine, Norma Rohan, Embrace, Professor Gerry Boyle, Director Teagasc & Andrew Doyle, Minister of State for Food, Forestry & Horticulture. Photo O'Gorman Photography

Farm accidents have a sudden and traumatic effect on all members of a farm family.  Farms by their nature are dangerous work places and as a result farms have a higher than overall percentage of accidents.  In many cases the farmer himself is killed, or seriously injured.  This leaves many difficult decisions for the spouse and other family members.  These relate to immediate decisions on continuing the successful running of the farm, both technically and financially.

Teagasc announced today that it will provide a service to these families affected by such tragedies to assist them cope in the immediate aftermath.  The service will be on a case-by-case basis and can be accessed by the family contacting their local Teagasc office.  It will be a free service and will deal with technical, management and scheme assistance.

The new service was launched by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD. Speaking at the launch, Director of Teagasc, Professor Gerry Boyle said: “Teagasc is delighted to provide this service in association with EMBRACE FARM and the farm safety partnership. This is a very difficult time for farm families who are unfortunate enough to be victims of farm accidents and Teagasc will help out in any way possible with this new service.”

Brian Rohan, Chairman and founder of EMBRACE FARM, welcomed the initiative and said “The Teagasc service will dovetail with the aims of EMBRACE FARM which is to support farm families affected by farm accidents.”

Dr Tom Kelly, Head of Knowledge Transfer in Teagasc, said: “Farm families should contact their local Teagasc Office if they have been affected by a farm accident.

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