Peter Gohery is a former Suckler and now tillage farmer who calls Eyrescourt in Co. Galway his home. Peter is also a farm accident survivor and now a farm safety ambassador, while he is also set to take part in the upcoming Farmex - The Business of Farming event to be held Friday October 12th in the Hub in Kilkenny.
Peter will take part in the 2.30pm, Improving Farming Health, Lifestyle and Safety series of seminars, focusing himself on the topic of farm safety. Peter was chosen to take part due to his own life experiences, in which he lost a leg, a day which he says changed his life forever.
“I never thought it would happen to me.” Peter said.
Peter now has a prosthetic leg fitted, but noted the challenges following the accident as the most difficult. One such challenge was the “jumping through hoops” to try and obtain an invalidity pension, which he will discuss in his portion of the Farmex seminar.
Farm Safety Ambassador -
Peter himself has a vast knowledge of the repercussions of not farming safely, not only for playing a significant role within the Embrace Farm charity organisation, but also having himself lost his leg during an accident with the PTO shaft on his diet feeder on his Galway farm.
As mentioned Peter is also a board member for Embrace Farm, which is a bereavement support network for farm families who may have lost a loved one or who have someone who suffered a serious injury whilst farming within their family.
Role at Farmex -
Peter’s role at the upcoming conference involves the former Galway IFA representative explaining to the audience the ins and outs of his accident.
Peter will give a testimonial of his experiences, how his accident has affected him and he will also show first-hand, via PTO demonstrations, how his accident actually occurred.
“On the day there is going to be a PTO demonstration, two of them…Then in the afternoo,n we are going to go a bit into my background, my accident.” Peter told That’sFarming.
Also taking part in the “Improving Farming Health, Lifestyle and Safety seminar will be Pat Griffin of the HSA, who will discuss reducing farm accidents, John G. McNamara of Teagasc who will discuss Improving Farm Health, and Chris Murphy of Saber who will touch on the topic of clever drafting and heat detection solutions. The seminar will be chaired by Maura Canning, who is the former chair of the IFA Farm Family Committee.
“Mairead McGuinness will be there to open the event and Pat Griffin (HSA), John McNamara (Teagasc), Maura Canning (Formerly of the IFA) and Chris Murphy will also be there.” Peter explained.
Peter’s main take-home message for farmers attending the event is “It is better to lose a minute in life, than to lose your life in a minute.”
“What I want farmers to do is to slow down, think about coming home to their families every evening.” Peter said.
Peter said the changes need to come from the top to ensure farmers farm more safely.
“There is a cultural change that is needed on Irish farms and that culture needs to start with the young kids in the national and secondary schools.” Peter said.
Peter also discussed many of the other different ideas which he has to ensure young farmers are more than equipped to farm in a safe fashion, rather than being put in a position where they are in over their head. These ideas will be also discussed in length by Peter on the day.
Further information -
FARMEX - the business of farming - is a new one-day conference and trade exhibition on how to increase profitability; sustainability and add long-term equity value to the family farm business.
The DAFM KT-approved event for livestock and tillage farmers will take place at The Hub, Kilkenny on Friday, October 12th.
The organisers are hoping to welcome 3,000 attendees including - Agribusiness; advisory and educational personnel; family farmers; farm managers and Ag students; farm managers; farm contractors and Agri-Food Science students to this event.
Tickets are €20 for adults, €10 for agri-students and €40 for a family (two adults & children). Car parking is free and one can avail low-cost group travel via Bus Eireann at only €15/20 per person return. Don't forget to use the 'ThatsFarming' discount code to receive a discount on tickets.
Book online at - www.farmex.ie - and save €5 on your ticket, fill in a short questionnaire and enter a free draw for €2,500 in Agri input & services prizes.