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Review sought on costs for fallen animals

Francis Farragher

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IFA activist and Shannon Callows farmer, Tom Turley, pictured on Monday evening last on the edge of the River Shannon at Derryholmes near Clonfert at one of the pinch points on the River Shannon where silt and unchecked growth are choking the water flow along the channel. (See story in main paper). PHOTO: HANY MARZOUK.

THE Dept. of Agriculture has been asked to revisit the whole issue of fallen animals and the costs of collection currently being borne by farmers.

According to the IFA many farmers in different parts of the country are experiencing difficulties and high costs when it comes to the collection of fallen animals by the knackeries.

The Chairman of the IFA’s National Animal Health Committee, Bert Stewart has hit out at ‘the lack of action’ by the Dept. of Agriculture in providing a cost effective and competitive fallen animal service across the country.

“There are more cost effective structures implemented in other EU countries which provide all farmers with a fallen animal collection system at reasonable collection rates. The Department must move to implement similar systems for Irish farmers,” said Mr. Stewart.

He has also asked the Dept. of Agriculture to take an in-depth look at an alternative system in place in Holland where one provider services an entire region for fees ‘that were a fraction of those charged to Irish farmers’.

Mr. Stewart also questioned the wisdom of the Dept. of Agriculture decision to impose a maximum 125km. (78 miles) distance requirement for the TSE subsidy scheme

“This has removed vital competition from the area and resulted in increased fees being charged to farmers. Despite this, the Department has refused to reverse this decision,” said Bert Stewart.

He said that the Department needed to take a far more proactive and supportive role on an issue that was an integral part of Ireland’s production standards and traceability systems.

Galway IFA Chairman, Pat Murphy, also called for the Department to prioritise the issue of fallen animals on Irish farms given the costs involved.

“It’s bad enough for farmers to lose an animal but to then have a worry and a major cost factor in relation to removing this animal is just not good enough.

“We do feel very strongly that the costs associated with the removal of dead animals from farms is far too high – it really is an issue where the Department needs to adopt a more hands-on approach,” said Pat Murphy.

TSE testing on dead animals checks out that they are clear of Transform Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSE), known in cattle as BSE or Mad Cow Disease (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathies).

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Locals thanked for demo backing

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Anne Mitchell: Great local support.

GALWAY IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, has thanked the people of Athenry and surrounding areas for their support during Friday’s Action Day protest.

She told the Farming Tribune that the demonstration was planned to cause ‘absolute minimal disruption’ to the people, schools and businesses of the town as well as being conscious of Covid restrictions.

“We really didn’t want anyone on the streets because of the Covid situation and we also advised that where there was more than one person in a vehicle, and not from the same household, that they would wear masks,” said Anne Mitchell.

She said that they were also acutely aware of the fact that the Leaving Cert examinations were going on in schools around the town which dictated their decision to stage the protest between 11am and 12 noon.

However, one concerned parent who contacted this newspaper, said that the honking of horns could be heard by those who were doing their Leaving Cert geography exam on Friday.

“While I do understand the reasons behind the protest, I just think that the honking of horns should have been left out it, while an exam was in progress,” he said.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Athenry’s action day a wake-up call for the West

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The tractorcade is ready to roll in Athenry on Friday in the IFA protest over farm viability and the Climate Action Bill.

AN estimated ‘200 plus’ tractors, cars and jeeps took part in Friday’s IFA ‘Action Day’ protest in Athenry aimed at highlighting major problems coming down the track with the ‘new CAP’ and the Climate Action Bill.

Connacht IFA Chairperson, Pat Murphy, said that they were delighted with the turnout and also with the positive reception they received from the people of Athenry.

“If farming and agriculture go to the wall in rural Ireland it will sound the death-knell for our provincial and villages too.

“We really do need our politicians to wake up to the fact that decisions made over the coming weeks or months could decide the future of rural Ireland as we know it,” said Pat Murphy.

He said that an agenda being driven by the Green Party to drastically reduce the numbers of suckler cows, dairy cows and cattle across Ireland would have a catastrophic impact on Irish agriculture, unless amendments were made to the Climate Action Bill.

“If Irish farmers are prevented in producing the food that’s accepted as being probably the most environmentally friendly and traceable product across the world, then that gap will be filled by countries like Brazil where rain forests are being cut down every single day of the year,” said Pat Murphy.

He also said that the negotiations on CAP coming up at the end of this month would also have huge implications for farming and especially so in the West of Ireland where farms were so dependent on direct payments.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Minister outlines ‘tough road ahead’

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Minister for Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue

A CRITICAL part of the eventual CAP deal for farmers will rest with the flexibility of the Irish Government to make its own decisions on where the money will be allocated, Minister for Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue, told the Farming Tribune last week.

During a whistle-stop tour of a number of agri-related projects in Galway last Thursday, Minister McConalogue said that as things stood, the major stumbling block to an agreement was the European Parliament.

“There are really two aspects of this deal which will be of vital importance to Irish farmers over the coming years – the flexibility to make our own decisions and the percentage of the funding to be spent on ECO schemes,” said Charlie McConalogue.

He said that while some progress had been made at the end of last month’s Trilogue negotiations [EU Commission, Council and European Parliament], it had not been possible to reach an agreement.

“As things stand, what’s blocking a final agreement is the European Parliament part of that Trilogue. We are trying to reach compromises on the issue of convergence, and the ECO scheme element of the payments, but this hasn’t been possible with the parliament so far,” said the Minister.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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