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IFA Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart has again raised the difficulties farmers are experiencing with the current Fallen Animal Collection System in a meeting with senior Department of Agriculture officials.

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IFA Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart again raised the difficulties farmers are experiencing with the current Fallen Animal Collection System in a meeting with senior Department of Agriculture officials, specifically on the issue of fallen animal disposal.

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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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Commenting on the results of an extensive national survey carried out by IFA into the costs of Fallen Animal collection, IFA Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart said the impact of the Department of Agriculture rule changes is clearly evident.

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IFA Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart has raised the issue of fallen animal collection charges with the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney and highlighted the exorbitant fees farmers are being charged.

 

He highlighted the fact that Spring is the time of year the largest numbers of animal losses are experienced on farms and the Minister and his officials must have this issue resolved in advance.

 

Bert Stewart said farmers have been left exposed to an increase in charges both from knackeries and renderers due to the Department of Agriculture’s application of the anti-competitive 125km distant requirement in the over 48 months subsidy scheme.

 

Rendering charges have been increased to knackeries due to the anti-competitive rule change applied by the Department which removed the most competitive rendering facility on the island for the majority of knackeries.  Prior to this charges for rendering ranged from €50 – €80/t.  These have now been increased to €100 – €140/t.

 

Rendering costs of €120/t equates to animal disposal costs of:

 

Category Weight Rendering Cost @ €120/t
Calves 50kgs €6.00
6 – 12 months 300kgs €36.00
12 – 24 months 400kgs €48.00
24 – 48 months 450kgs €54.00

 

The IFA Chairman said when rendering rates are broken down on an individual animal basis it is clear knackeries have serious question to answer in relation to the element of the charge they are applying. Issues in particular in relation to the salvage value of hide and meat for dogs must also be taken into account, which are a source of income for knackeries.

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