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In meetings with Irish MEPs on new and proposed EU regulations concerning animal health in Brussels this week, IFA Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart said these provide the basis for MEPs to ensure access to our vital live export markets is fully protected, the costs of veterinary medicines are reduced for farmers, and imports from third countries are produced to equivalent standards as EU products.

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Welcoming the commitment secured by IFA in the Programme for Government to address TB blackspot areas, IFA Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart said the drive towards eradication must be expedited.

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IFA Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart said the Department of Agriculture has confirmed the changes secured by IFA to the TB compensation scheme earlier this year will come into effect from May 1st.

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IFA Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart has strongly criticised the lack of action by the Department of Agriculture in providing a cost effective and competitive fallen animal collection service as farmers in parts of the country are left without a service to collect fallen sheep.

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IFA Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart said the issuing of notification letters to farmers contiguous to herds that have retained PIs is timely to allow necessary precautions to be taken in advance of the breeding season.

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