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IFA National Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy said sheep farmers are very annoyed with the decision of Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed to impose compulsory EID on all sheep.

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IFA Animal Health Chairman Pat Farrell has welcomed the development of a protocol between the Department of Agriculture, BVD testing laboratories and tag supply companies, which will offset some of the difficulties associated with empty BVD samples for farmers.

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The ongoing delays in issuing genotyping tags for the BDGP scheme by the Department of Agriculture and ICBF are unacceptable and causing problems for suckler farmers, IFA Livestock Chairman Angus Woods has said.

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IFA Animal Health Chairman Pat Farrell has said the unacceptable increase in the number of empty samples reported in the BVD programme last year appears to be continuing in the 2018 programme and the impact on farmers must be addressed through a system developed by Animal Health Ireland (AHI) with tag suppliers and testing laboratories.

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IFA President Joe Healy said the IFA welcomed the agreement reached between the Department of Agriculture, ICBF and tag suppliers in relation to the funding of ICBF, announced by Minister Creed this week. He said this is a fair and proportional method of farmer funding for ICBF.

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