Are you mentally prepared for the busy spring season?

Are you mentally prepared for the stress and toils that come part-and-parcel with the spring calving season?

If, like most, you’re not sure, it might be worth your while attending a talk and workshop that will take place tonight (January 25).

Held in the Tullamore Court Hotel, Co. Offaly, the event- which is titled ‘Building resilience for the busy spring period on farms’ – will begin at 8:00pm. The event is being organised by Macra na Feirme.

Anthony O’Prey, a health promotion officer in the midlands, will be the keynote speaker on the night.

O’Prey will deliver a talk on the ‘#littlethings campaign’, which aims to help protect and promote health and well-being.

According to the organisers, this workshop is designed to provide farmers with an opportunity to prepare themselves mentally for the busy spring period ahead.

It will also allow farmers to share insights and transfer knowledge to fellow farmers on how they get through this period annually.

The event is free and is open to farmers of all ages, as well as both Macra members and non-members alike.

Speaking ahead of the event, Macra na Feirme Agricultural Affairs chairman James Barber strongly advised that farmers attend the talk, noting that families of farmers – both younger and older generations – could benefit a lot from the workshop.

“We are coming into the busy calving period for a lot of farmers and with that comes a tsunami of stress on most farms.

It can be hard to deal with and it’s important that farmers understand how best to cope with all the pressure.

“I would highly recommend farmers to come along if they can make it at all; they could pick up some valuable advice,” Barber said.