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Department axes payments move on TB testing

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Action and colour at the Dartfield Point-to-Point, Loughrea, earlier this month. PHOTO: HANY MARZOUK.

A MOVE by the Dept. of Agriculture to make some farmers pay for having a second TB test in the one year, has been dropped following pressure from the IFA.

The Department had proposed to ‘penalise’ farmers who missed the deadline for their annual test by making them pay for a second one, if it was required due to TB problems in the area.

Where extra contiguous tests were required – normally if neighbouring farmers had reactors – the Dept. of Agriculture always paid for the second test.

However a number of weeks back, it emerged that the Dept. of Agriculture had proposed that in cases where farmers missed their deadline for the annual test – even by a day – that they would be required if any contiguous test requirement arose.

The issue led to a series of meetings between senior IFA representatives and Dept. of Agriculture officials over recent weeks – at the time the IFA accused the Department of being involved in a ‘money grabbing’ exercise.

Galway IFA Livestock Committee Chairman, Michael Flynn, confirmed to the Farming Tribune that the issue had now been resolved satisfactorily with a return to the status quo.

“This really should never have arisen in the first place – it was something that we opposed totally from the start. There was never any basis for it,” said Michael Flynn.

He said that the DVOs (District Veterinary Offices) would be notified of the return to the status quo arrangements this week.

“We had a number of meetings with Department officials on the issue and I’m glad to say that the matter has been resolved.

“Farmers who had to have a second contiguous test were under enough pressure without the threat of a second test payment hanging over them,” said Michael Flynn.

The payment exemptions applies where a farmer has to have a contiguous test within 10 months of his own annual test. After 10 months, the farmer pays, but that test is then taken has his annual test for the coming year.

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Suffolks make €2,500 at Roscommon sale

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Alastair Barclay judging the stock at the Suffolk Show and Sale in Roscommon earlier this month.

THE standard and quality of sheep presented at the 51st Premier Show & Sale of West of the Ireland Registered Pedigree Suffolk Sheep Breeders Club took place in Roscommon Mart on Saturday, August 6 was top class.

Judge, Mr Alaister Barclay of the renowned Northern Ireland Flock, Redbrae Suffolks, was faced with a difficult task in judging the classes.

Harry Graham of the Westside Flock, Sligo, won the Young Handler’s Class which he founded in 2019 – this was his third win of the year.

The Summerhill flock of Mattie and Kevin Kelly in Galway won the Champion Ewe Lamb Cass – sired by Howgillfoot Batman.

In the Novice Ram Class, new breeder, Caillin Joyce of the Ballintleva Flock, Westport, took the spoils and he also went to claim 4th in the Open Ram class.

In the Gigot Class, it was the turn of the Ballygarris Flock of Michael and Marie Jennings, Mayo to take the honours with Windyhill Magic sired lamb. The Jennings’ winning run continued in the Open Class where they claimed the top spot with a powerful Strathbogie Joel son which was born to a Ballygarris Ewe.

The Pairs Class saw 7 flocks competing for the top honours and it was the Loughrynn Flock of Coote & Trevor Geelan who won out here.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Farmland in strong demand across Galway

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Colm Farrell: Good farmland across Galway is making around €10,000 an acre.

A TIGHT supply with strong demand probably sums up the Galway market for farmlands so far this year with prices averaging out at around the €10,000 an acre mark.

According to Gort auctioneer, Colm Farrell, the demand for the better-quality farmland is particularly strong and especially so if neighbouring farmers are in competition for the ground.

He also pointed out that dairy farmers were also very keenly interested in farmland that became available either in their general area or bordering their farms.

“The demand is very strong here in Galway for good quality land which can be in scarce enough supply.

“Many neighbouring or nearby farmers will see this as a one-off chance to increase their holding,” Colm Farrell told the Farming Tribune.

He also said that the ‘auction’ sale method seemed to deliver the biggest demand and competition for land coming on the market. “Auctions do tend to focus the minds of buyers,” he said.

Next month, Colm Farrell will have two farms both coming up for sale at public auction in O’Sullivan’s of Gort on Friday, September 16 next – both 70-acre holdings – one of them in Peterswell and the other in Aughrim.

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Flexibility and budget worries over direction of new scheme

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Michael Biggins: Disappointed at scheme.

THE new ACRES (Agri Climate Rural Environment Scheme) due to be rolled out on January 1 next is ‘restrictive and complicated’ according to West of Ireland farming representative.

IFA Rural Development Chairman, Michael Biggins, said that the proposed scheme was ‘far from a new REPS’ and urgently needed to be modified in terms of flexibility and budget allocation.

“As it’s currently proposed, ACRES is restrictive and complicated.  It will inflict more compliance costs on farmers, resulting in less income.

“The scheme is designed to discourage people from farming. In order to achieve the average payment, farmers will have to commit more land to lower levels of production compared to previous schemes,” said Michael Biggins.

He added that all farmers who applied needed to be accepted into the scheme while those farmers applying in 2023 would have to be paid in the same year.

Details of the €1.5 billion ACRES scheme were outlined by the Dept. of Agriculture in June with two entry streams – a general or individual one: and a co-operation model for environmentally sensitive area including Connemara and parts of South Galway and Mayo.

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