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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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Following a meeting regarding farmer concerns over Quality Assurance audits, IFA President Eddie Downey said Bord Bia has agreed that photographic evidence will only be taken with the explicit permission of the farmer in advance, and as a means of sorting problems without the need for another farm visit.

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IFA National Livestock Chairman Henry Burns has said the Beef Forum will have to build on progress already made by delivering on key issues at next Monday’s meeting.

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IFA National Livestock Chairman Henry Burns said the Beef Forum will have to build on progress already made by delivering on key issues at its next meeting, which is set for July 21st.

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