President of the Irish Farmers’ Association Joe Healy and Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr have jointly opened the IFA Live Animal Crib and the Christmas Winter Wonderland at the Mansion House, Dublin.
In order to receive payment under the Beef Data and Genomics Programme in December, all surveys in relation to animals born between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016 must be completed and returned to the ICBF by Wednesday, December 7th.
IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said that cattle supply numbers have tightened considerably in the last few days with some factories out of cattle last Thursday/Friday and struggling to get adequate supplies for the kill this week.
IFA President Joe Healy has said that the areas currently designated as Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) must be fully protected in the forthcoming review of areas, and payments must be increased in this vital support scheme for low-income farmers on marginal land.
IFA Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart has called on the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed to write immediately to all farmers outlining the new tag supply arrangements being implemented by his Department, and provide the details as to how farmers must now order their tags.
IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has called on Environment Minister Denis Naughten to immediately move to establish a permanent service for the annual collection of waste materials, such as used veterinary medicine bottles, fertilizer bags, chemical drums and used engine oil.
Addressing an IFA Conference in Dublin on Retail Regulation, IFA President Joe Healy said the positive impact of the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Christine Tacon in the UK reinforced the need for a similar role in Ireland.