The decent weather was so welcome as the calving and lambing comes to a close in some parts of the country. After months of vigilance and long, hard working hours, it’s as important now as it was at the start of the season to take extra care around calving animals. Safe handling facilities are essential when calving cows. A calving gate and clean calving pens guarantee a safe working environment. It is very important to remain vigilant and keep safety the top priority – particularly at busy times on farms.

The latest figures from the HSA show that six people have lost their lives on Irish farms this year. I am so conscious that when I talk about a farm death, that I am talking about a loved one that has been taken from a family through tragic circumstances.