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Welcoming confirmation of BVD support payments secured by IFA for farmers who disposed of PIs in 2015, Bert Stewart said the Department of Agriculture payment systems must be further improved on for the 2016 payments.

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Meeting senior Department of Agriculture officials today, IFA Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart has strongly criticised the move by the Department to ignore the legal BVD testing obligations of farmers in the national eradication programme in the latest tag approval document.

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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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IFA Animal Heath Chairman Bert Stewart has welcomed the Department of Agriculture’s deployment of additional staff to process BVD support payments for 2014.

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IFA Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart said the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney and his officials are failing to adequately support farmers in their efforts to achieve the production targets in Food Harvest 2020, of which animal health is a critical component.

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