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Galway vote vital as IFA go to polls

Francis Farragher

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THOUSANDS of Galway IFA members across the county have been strongly urged this week to turn out at their branch meetings and vote in the forthcoming presidential election.

Last time out, a huge turn-out at Galway branch meetings delivered a total of 184 votes – however this time around the vote is not expected to be as high as there is no election for the Connacht Vice-Presidency. Galway’s Tom Turley had no opposition for that position.

Both candidates for the presidential election to succeed Kilkenny’s John Bryan, are understood to have mounted strong campaigns in the county over recent weeks – the Galway vote, like the national outcome, could be tight, according to IFA observers.

The head-to-head battle to lead the country’s biggest farming organisation with nearly 90,000 members is between Meath’s Eddie Downey and Laois man, Jer Bergin.

Downey (51), a 140 acre tillage, beef and poultry farmer from near Slane is the current IFA Deputy President as well as being Meath County Chairman.

Bergin (49), farms 150 acres with his brother, including a 55 cow suckler to beef herd, a hogget enterprise and a tillage operation. He is the current Leinster Vice-President of the IFA.

The main campaign points of Bergin are: giving power back to the members; an improvement of the regulatory and inspections regime; a multi-national price guarantee for produce; more incentives for young farmers and more Government support.

Eddie Downey cites 20 years of experience working for the IFA at all levels as proof of a solid track record of achievement. He points to his successes in importing fodder during the Spring crisis as well as the improved VAT rate. He also is pushing for a ‘yellow card’ system of warnings in inspections.

Galway IFA Chairman, Michael Flynn, urged all IFA members in the county to come out and vote in the election and have their say in selecting the man that will lead Irish farming over the next four years.

“The IFA is a very democratic organisation and we are asking all members to turn out at their branch meetings and to exercise this right,” said Michael Flynn.

Last evening, Roy O’Brien, IFA Regional Officer, reported a very strong turn-out at the branch meetings held around the county so far.

He pointed out that four years ago, there were 184 votes in Galway and while the turn-out was unlikely to be as strong again, the county would still deliver a big vote.

Branches with up to 25 members at their meetings have one vote in the national election; two votes for 26 to 50 and an extra vote for each 25 members after that.

Galway has a total of 77 branches – last time out, a number of branches ‘pulled in’ three to four votes showing of between 50 and 100 members.

Tim O’Leary from Cork and J. J. Kavanagh of Wexford are contesting the position of Deputy President – the votes will be counted at the Castleknock Hotel, Dublin, on Tuesday December 17.

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New faces on IFA commodities committee

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A NUMBER of new faces will be elected onto the Galway IFA Commodities Committee in a postal vote that will begin next week and be completed by early December.

The most keenly contested position looks like being that of Rural Development representative with three candidates going for the job.

Eamonn Burke, Corrandulla branch, was the outgoing representative, but his term of office ends this month, opening the way for three new nominations.

They are: PJ Conroy, Looscaun, Woodford; Pat Flaherty, Oranmore and Peter Gohery of the Eyrecourt branch.

Rural Development is considered one of the more important positions in that it will be ‘fighting the case’ for the bigger spending areas such as REPS, GLAS and any new environmental scheme.

The other contest is for the position of Grain Representative which had been held by John Daly of Kilconnell, whose term of office is also up.

There are two nomination for this position – Eamonn Burke of Corrandulla and Mervyn Cooke of the Aughrim IFA branch.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Dosing changes will need watching

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Galway IFA Animal Health Committee Chairman, Stephen Canavan

THE Minister for Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue, has been advised to ‘keep his eye on the ball’ in relation to EU regulations coming down the track for the sourcing of livestock dosing treatments.

According to the IFA, new EU regulations due to come into force in 2022, would require farmers to get a prescription for a range of products including anthelmintics, used for the treatment of fluke and worms in cattle and sheep.

IFA Animal Health Chairman, Pat Farrell, said the new EU Veterinary Medicine Regulation had the potential to severely impact on competition in the supply of anthelmintics to farmers.

He also warned that because of a derogation in place in Northern Ireland as regards anthelmintics, the EU regulations would mean a two-tier supply system on the island of Ireland, leading to unregulated movement of products.

Galway IFA Animal Health Committee Chairman, Stephen Canavan, told the Farming Tribune, that the IFA wanted a continuation of the system where the stores and co-ops would have a suitable qualified person (SQP) to deal with the selling of such products.

“This regulation, if implemented in 2022, would have serious implications for farmers in carrying out their day-to-day farm work where for example they have dosing programmes in places for their livestock. We most certainly want the Minister for Agriculture and the Department to keep their eye on the ball on this issue.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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New TB test will not be a ‘runner’ say IFA

Francis Farragher

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Galway IFA Animal Health Committee Chairman, Stephen Canavan

THE Dept. of Agriculture have been accused of doing ‘yet another solo-run’ on bovine TB with their proposal to introduce a 30-day test for pre-sale movements at marts and from farm to farm.

Galway IFA Animal Health Committee Chairman, Stephen Canavan, told the Farming Tribune, said that news of the proposed new testing regime as revealed in last week’s Farmers Journal, came as ‘a bolt from the blue’.

“I suppose in one way we shouldn’t be surprised – the Department just keep coming up with these kinds of proposals without any agreement or input from farmers.

“We in IFA want to make it clear to the Department that this will be another non-runner. They went on one solo-run with the herd categorisation and now they’ve gone ahead with their next piece of tomfoolery,” said Stephen Canavan.

He said that there was absolutely no scientific proof or evidence that introducing this extra 30-day pre-movement test would in any way be a help in the campaign to reduce the incidence of TB in Irish herds.

“Either a farmer is clear or he’s not clear in terms of TB testing – there can be no in-between on this one.

“It is utterly ridiculous that a farmer after having two clear tests would end up a couple of months later having another test before he could sell stock at the mart or to another farmer.

“Who would pay for this test? Is this really just another way of taking more money from farmers whose herds have already had a clear test. It makes no sense at all,” said Stephen Canavan.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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