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Final farmer training course 2019 held in Ardgroom

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Tara Challoner and Patrick Crushell from PMP provided the final 2019 farmer field training  course in the Ownagappul catchment, in Ardgroom yesterday. In all PMP has now provided training to 340 farmers who are participating in the programme. 

The training courses provided a valuable opportunity for farmers to learn about details of the program and measures to help the conservation of the freshwater pearl mussels in the different catchments. The indoor and outdoor training meetings also provided farmers the opportunity to discuss details of the programme and its implementation, and understand how plots will be scored and how they might improve their habitat plot scores and associated programme payments. 

Thanks to all participating farmers for attending yesterdays training day, and to Sean Sullivan our host farmer for allowing the course to take place on his farm.

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Connemara Green Festival 2019: Guided Field Trip

For those who would like to learn more about the freshwater pearl mussel, this years Connemara Green Festival, includes a guided field trip to the Dawros, led by PMPs own Mary McAndrew on Friday 11th October. 

Pearl Watermussel walk

Booking is essential at:

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Connemara Green Festival 2019: Craft, Culture and Wilderness

PMP will be making a presentation at the Connemara Green Festival on Friday 11th October. The session entitled “Environmental Farming in Connemara” will include a presentation by Mary McAndrew on the results of the Pearl Mussel Project to date.

Further details of all events at:

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EPA Catchment Management Network Conference, 11 October 2019

The EPA are hosting the Catchment Management Network Conference on 11 October 2019 in the Tullamore Court Hotel. 

The day long conference has a great line up of speakers, including PMPs Derek McLoughlin who will make a presentation entitled “The Pearl Mussel Project European Innovation Project (EIP): developing a results-based agri-environment programme”.

Catchment Management Network October 11

Learn more at:

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PMP Annual Report May 2018 – June 2019 published

PMP 2018-2019 Annual Report

The Pearl Mussel Project has published its first annual report covering the period May 2018 to June 2019.  

The report summarises the work undertaken by the project team during the first year of the project. The main achievement after the first year is the development and roll-out of the Pearl Mussel Programme (PMP), a results-based payment scheme designed for farming within sensitive freshwater pearl mussel catchments. 

Download the PMP Annual Report.

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PMP at Burren Winterage Weekend 2019

A date for your diary... come along to the Burren Winterage Weekend and learn more about the Pearl Mussel Project from Patrick Crushell, PMP Project manager who is presenting a talk at this years event entitled “The Pearl Mussel Project: Developing a results-based agri-environmental programme for an aquatic target species”.

More details of all the events at:

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Pearl Mussel Project attend National Ploughing Championship 2019


PMPs Mary McAndrew will be at the National Ploughing Championship on Wednesday 18th. 

PMP are in the DAFM tent at stand 422, just inside the door on the right. Please call by to say hello and learn more about the Pearl Mussel Project.

More info about the National Ploughing Championship at

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Today’s Farm - Sept/Oct issues

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Mary McA Todays Farmer Sept 2019 b

BEAM (Beef Exceptional Aid Measure) scheme extended to midnight on Sunday, September 15


PMP farmers - please note that the deadline for applications to the €100m BEAM (Beef Exceptional Aid Measure) scheme has been extended to midnight on Sunday, September 15.

Under the scheme, aid will be paid on suckler cows that calved  in 2018, at a rate of €40 per animal, up to a maximum of 40 sucklers per herd.

Also aid will be paid on adult cattle slaughtered between September 24, 2018, and May 12, 2019, at a rate of €100 per animal, up to a maximum of 100 finished animals per herd.

To be accepted in the scheme, applicant farmers must commit to reducing the level of bovine livestock manure nitrogen per farm by 5%.

All applications to be made online.

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Launch of Pearl Mussel Programme Web Map

PMP have just launched a web based mapping application for use by farm advisors working on the Programme. The map has been developed by our Project Team using the ESRI @ArcGISOnline platform. Following farm visits, trained advisors will use the map to submit all data including score cards, supporting actions, and notable farm features. The secure map, that is accessed via any web browser on desktop or mobile devices, will streamline the process of submitting data needed to determine the result-based payment due to the farmer. 

The information will also form the basis of the annual works plan. This plan will detail certain actions to be completed by the farmer with a view to improving their annual score and associated payment.

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