SHEEP FARMERS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR €10 PER EWE SHEEP SCHEME – IFA

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IFA National Sheep Committee Chairman John Lynskey has welcomed the statement from the Minister of Agriculture Michael Creed at the IFA AGM in Dublin today that he would encourage all sheep farmers with ewes to apply for the new €10 per ewe sheep welfare scheme negotiated by IFA. The closing date for application to the scheme is January 31st.

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IFA National Sheep Committee Chairman John Lynskey said the move by the two major lamb factory groups to impose clipping charges across the board on all lambs under the cover of the clean livestock policy is totally wrong.

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IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods has welcomed the strong view of the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed, expressed at the IFA AGM in Dublin this week, that the live export trade is critically important and a vital safety valve for the beef sector. The Minister said he is personally very committed to ensuring that live exports are part of the policy mix for the beef sector.

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IFA President Joe Healy has invited all farmers to attend a major IFA/Farmers Journal meeting entitled Supporting Suckling 2017 to be held in the Balla Mart Co Mayo on Tuesday 24th January at 7pm.

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IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods has welcomed the positive response from ICBF to the IFA request to make selection data and tags under the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) available early to suckler farmers in the scheme this year.

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