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It might be Christmas time but don’t forget to fill up 2014 Sheep Census form

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Gus Heavey from Newbridge with his seven-week-old purebred Border Collie pups for sale outside Mountbellew Mart on Friday last. PHOTO: DAVID WALSH.

BY ANTHONY O’CONNOR

AVOID been left feeling ‘baa-d’ and counting the cost of returning a sheep census form late. Fill your form now and return it to the Dept. of Agriculture while it’s still fresh in your mind.

Census Date: The Census date was Sunday, December 14, 2014. Not only is it a legal obligation to return this form to DAFM before January 30, 2015. Payments for the Single Payment Scheme, Disadvantaged Area Scheme, Sheep Technology Adoption Programme, REPS, AEOS and the Grassland Sheep Scheme are dependent on a completed form being returned before Jan. 30.

Information from the Census forms is used to calculate stocking rate for the above schemes etc. Return all completed forms by post or online to Government Buildings, Portlaoise, Co Laois.

The only acceptable proof of postage is registered or express post receipts. A postal certificate is no longer acceptable as proof of postage. Retain all postal receipts carefully.

Submission Date: The deadline for submission of the forms is January 30, 2015, for the 2014 census and it’s based on the number of sheep on the holding on Sunday, December 14.

If a farmer has recently bought sheep for the first time or did not receive a census form in the post then they must ring the DAFM in Portlaoise looking for the Sheep Census/ID section and quote the herd number and the DAFM will send them out a sheep census form.

This is especially important for young entrants to farming who have just established a herd number and got into sheep farming. All sheep keepers must carry out an annual inventory of their sheep and return this number to the Dept. of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

The Department normally carries out the annual sheep census each December and a census form together with a pre-paid and pre-addressed return envelope is posted to all keepers so that they can submit their sheep numbers to the Department.

Before returning the census form to the Department the number of sheep declared in the census form should also be recorded in the keeper’s flock register and be present on their holding.

Keepers who have no sheep at the time of the census but who are still involved in sheep farming must still submit a census by returning a  form showing no sheep on the holding on the Census date.

Otherwise the keeper’s designator number may be made dormant which will prevent them from ordering sheep tags and dispatch/movement books.

It is very important for all sheep keepers to submit an accurately completed sheep census form to the Department in advance of the deadline for receipt of forms.

The annual sheep census is an integral part of the National Sheep Identification System and failure to submit a census form on time or the submission of an inaccurate census can render a farmer liable to prosecution.

It can also lead to penalties as a result of cross compliance inspections and hamper claims made under certain schemes.

Filling Census Form: Count accurately all sheep present on your holding on December 14. Fill in form giving age and categories of sheep, breed etc.

A Merry Christmas and a safe, prosperous and happy New Year to all our readers from all the staff in Teagasc.

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Changes agreed on TB testing regime

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Stephen Canavan: Six months test proposal is not on!
Galway IFA Chairman, Stephen Canavan

A PROPOSED six-months testing requirement for all bovine animals moving herds will now only apply to cows and males over 36-months old, following discussions over recent weeks between the Dept. of Agriculture and the IFA.

Initially it had been proposed by the Department that the six-months testing regime would be in place for all animals from next year, but the ‘age compromise’ has now been agreed.

However, another major issue now needs to be resolved as to who will pay for a second test when it comes to the sale of the older animals through the marts or from herd to herd.

According to Galway IFA Chairman, Stephen Canavan, the compromise deal on the six-months testing requirement for the older animals – ‘while not ideal’ – was the best that could be achieved.

“The vast majority of mart sales or sales between farmers will involve animals which are under 36 months of age so at least some progress has been made on that issue.

“Now, the negotiations will switch to the issue of who will pay for any of the six-months tests where they apply, and the IFA are taking a very strong line on this.

“The agreement on payment always has been that farmers will only have to pay for one test per year and we will be insisting that this extends onto any seller who has to have a six-months’ test,” said Stephen Canavan.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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The show goes on . . . for the 183rd time

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At the launch of The Irish Draught Horse Society Show were: Seán McGuirk, Chairman; Elizabeth Dean Coogan, Council Member; Margaret Buckley, Treasurer; John Harney, Chairman Ballinasloe Horse and Agricultural Show; Cllr. Dermot Connolly and Maeve O'Meara, Secretary.

JOHN HARNEY from Mountpleasant first joined the Ballinasloe Horse and Agriculture Show Committee, all of 60-years ago, on April 24, 1962. Both John and the show are still going strong as they celebrate their 183rd event on this Sunday. Here, he looks back on his involvement with this iconic show through the years.

THE Ballinasloe Show back in the early 1960s was going well with both the Showgrounds and Duggan Park both used for running the competitions.

My first introduction to the show was stewarding the pony competitions in the Mountpleasant end of the Duggan Park with the rest of the GAA field being used for trade stands.

At that time, it was a very big show with horses, ponies, cattle and sheep, pigs and fowl – also there was a big garden and farm produce section as well as a home craft and baking section with flowers and plants supported by a very large women’s committee.

At that time, showjumping took place in the afternoon with the top riders in the country taking part.  I was elected Chairman at the AGM in 1975, a position I held for ten years.

During that time, the Duggan Park Committee approached the Show Committee for a piece of the showgrounds behind the GAA Stand for dressing rooms.

This was brought up a number of times at our committee meetings, and at first, the view was that the Duggan Park Committee would buy the ground.

However, after much deliberation it was decided by the Show Committee to ‘give the ground’ for the sum of £1 with the proviso that the dressingrooms could be used on show days by the local ICA to do catering for the event.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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ACRES away from a proper scheme

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Connacht IFA Chair, Pat Murphy

THE new ACRES environmental scheme came in for scathing criticism at a Connacht IFA meeting this week with farm representatives describing it as being ‘choked with red tape and paperwork’.

Connacht IFA Chair, Pat Murphy, told the Farming Tribune that the scheme had turned out to be ‘a sore disappointment’ for West of Ireland farmers who needed a workable and practical scheme to ensure survival into the future.

“The money is not in the scheme; it’s choked with restrictions and rules; and at the end of the day, there’s no guarantee that farmers will get paid for the actions that they undertake,” said Pat Murphy.

Over 100 people attended the regional meeting in Roscommon on Monday night which was addressed by IFA President, Tim Cullinan and Director General, Damian McDonald.

Concerns were also expressed that not all farmers applying for inclusion in ACRES would ‘get in’ by early next year, due to budget limitations on the scheme.

According to Pat Murphy, the scheme is laden down with ‘bureaucracy and red-tape’ as well as putting obstacles in the way of farmers who were more than willing to embrace the whole principle of a proper environmental scheme.

“But even at this late stage, I still believe that practical changes can be made to the scheme which will make it more farmer friendly.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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