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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Firefighters rescue 4 bulls from slurry tank

Firefighters rescued four bulls from a slurry tank on a farm in Northern Ireland earlier this week.

A rescue operation took place on a farm at Diamond View Road, Tullyglush, Dromore, Co Down, on Wednesday, November 24th, 2021. Firefighters arrived at the scene of the incident at 6:03 pm.

Bulls rescued 

Confirming the news to That’s Farming, a spokesperson for Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service said:

“Firefighters were called to reports of 4 bulls stuck in a slurry tank on Wednesday evening.”

“Firefighters used a short extension ladder to rescue the bulls. The incident was dealt with by 11.33 pm.”

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The spokesperson confirmed that NIFRS deployed its animal rescue team from Central Fire Station. Furthermore, crews from Lurgan, Dromore, Lisburn and Newcastle fire stations also dealt with the incident.

Farm fined after 21-year-old employee killed

In other news, a judge has ordered a farm to pay over £66,000 after an employee (21) was killed whilst dismantling a redundant piece of farming equipment.

Farming partnership, J & D Foster Farms LLP, in the UK, appeared before Folkestone Magistrates’ Court earlier this week.

The court heard how, on April 30th, 2019, George Murrell was crushed by a grain drying tunnel at Fishpond Farm in Tonbridge.

A Health and Safety Executive investigation found that J & D Foster Farms LLP did not ensure, so far as was reasonably practicable, the health, safety, and welfare at work of the two employees and that the system of work in place was “intrinsically unsafe”.

The work involved dismantling the grain drying tunnel whilst working underneath it. The structure had heavy aggregate across the upper walkway.

The court heard the partners failed to ensure the structural integrity of the grain drying tunnel was not compromised during the dismantling, putting themselves and their employees at “significant” risk.

The farm partnership pleaded guilty to a breach of section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The judge fined them £60,000 and ordered them to pay costs to the tune of £6,731.

Read more on this court story.

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