For the month of April, Macra na Feirme is encouraging farmers to “get or stay fit to farm” as part of a new video campaign.
The short clips which will be posted on Macra’s various social media platforms will show farmers how to reduce the risk of injury to oneself and to help keep one’s body in shape.
In a statement on the Facebook page of Macra na Feirme, Macra National President, James Healy said, “For many farmers, this winter was one of the most stressful they have had, as worries over fodder shortages continued throughout.”
“The hope that usually comes with spring has unfortunately not materialised and I can only urge all farmers to take as much care of themselves as they do of their animals.” Mr. Healy added.
The campaign has already rolled out with well-esteemed Laois chartered physiotherapist and Laois Macra na Feirme Young Farmers, Alison Holmes featuring as part of the first segment with dairy farmer and Chairperson of Rathdowney Macra na Feirme, Jamie Corcoran, in a bid to discuss exercises for ankles and calves.
Alison gives Jamie advice on how do routine exercises while simultaneously completing jobs on the farm.