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At a meeting between senior management in Bord Bia and the IFA Executive Council in Dublin this week, IFA President Joe Healy said very good and solid progress was made in addressing the key areas of concern to farmers on quality assurance, including farm audits, standards and compliance issues as well as a more farmer friendly approach.

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At a meeting with Bord Bia CEO Aidan Cotter this week, IFA President Joe Healy said the beef and lamb Quality Assurance scheme is essential, but it must be made more practical and farmer friendly. In particular, he said, livestock farmers need a close out period introduced to allow them to remain in the scheme and trade, while addressing compliance issues.

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