Animals mistaken for pests in crops

Chris F

Staff Member
That was lovely to read, we should all know this stuff but we have our heads buried in paperwork.

On a larger scale, are moles a beneficial or a pest?
Many thanks.
I think moles would depend on the type of soil. I guess they could act as fabulous natural ploughs in the right context. :) Plus they might be eating soil based pests, like leatherjackets and wireworms, or they could be eating friendly earthworms.

I know greenskeepers are unusual in that they consider earthworms to be a pest. They appreciate the work they do for soil health but would rather not have them in the soil beneath the greens because of the wormcasts on the surface. Plus they attract badgers that dig up the greens hunting for them!

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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...