The Clare-based General Secretary of the ICSA says farmers are often faced by scenarios preventing them from being proactive about their health.
It comes as the Health and Safety Authority is carrying out a week-long inspection campaign focusing on the wellbeing of those working in the agriculture sector.
Research has shown that farmers are at higher risk of certain health and wellness conditions due to the nature of their work, including heart disease, stroke, lung issues, mental health issues, skin problems and cancer.
Cratloe farmer, Eddie Punch says rising costs coupled with the nature of their work, is leading to farmers prioritising their animals over their own health.
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