The Minister has contacted the IFA President to clarify that a limited amount of essential construction work will be allowed on farms under level 5. It must be animal welfare related such as milking parlours and calf sheds.
From the Department of Agriculture:
““In certain circumstances construction or essential repairs of calf sheds/milking parlours may be permissible where this is necessary for animal welfare reasons. This would depend on the individual circumstances of the project and would only apply to existing works scheduled for completion by the end of the month. Where alternative arrangements to manage animal welfare are available, the works should not proceed.”
IFA Essential Farm Travel Template
It is advised that farmers carry a form of ID with them at all times during the COVID-19 restrictions. A drivers licence and/or your IFA membership card will suffice.
If you have employees the advice is to provide them with a letter.
If you have employees the advice is to provide them with a letter. We have created a template letter which can be accessed online here.
Alternatively you can download the template from here. This template has two pages with the same wording, the first page can be edited directly, the second page can be printed off and filled in by hand. The first page can be edited directly, the second page can be printed off and filled in by hand.
Keep updated on COVID-19 news from the IFA hub here.