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Knackery charges are up by €50 a head this year due to Dept. rule moves

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THE cost of fallen animal disposal in the Connacht region has risen from €5 to €50 in the different categories this year, following changes introduced by Agriculture Minister, Simon Coveney, in relation to the movement of materials from knackeries to rendering plants.

Since December, the knackeries have been forced to use rendering plants not more than 125km. from their base – a move that has increased their costs.

However over the past few months this extra cost on the knackeries has been passed on directly to farmers, and according to the results of an IFA survey released last week, collection charges have increased by up to €50 a head.

The most expensive animals for collection from the knackeries now are those in the 24 to 48 months category where the highest charge in Connacht, according to the IFA survey, is €140.  

IFA Animal Health Chairman, Bert Stewart, said the impact of the Dept. of Agriculture rule changes was now clearly evident, with some farmers in the northern part of the country experiencing increased charges of up to €60 per animal over recent months.

“These survey results prove the application of the anti-competitive 125/km maximum distance by the Department, in order to be eligible for the TSE collection and disposal subsidy for over 48 month old animals, has imposed an unacceptable and unnecessary cost burden on farmers. The Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, must immediately remove this measure and return vital competition to the area of fallen animal disposal,” said Mr. Stewart.

He said renderers took advantage of the conditions created by the Dept. of Agriculture and increased rendering charges to knackeries by up to €50/tonne while some knackeries in turn passed a multiple of this price increase back to farmers.

“The entire area of fallen animal collection and disposal lacks real competition and must be reviewed in full by the Minister and a competitively-priced fallen animal collection system provided for all farmers.

“The viability of a direct delivery system must also be assessed as part of the review because the current system in operation for the majority of farmers is not acceptable,” said Bert Stewart.

Based on the survey information, collection rates ranges from €10 to €40 /head for calves; €40 to €95 /head for 6 to 12-month old animals; €40 to €120/head for 1 to 2 year old animals; and €45 to €150 for 2 to 4-year old animals.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Liver fluke prevalent in the west

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Callows and wet pasture grazing are ideal conditions for liver fluke infestation.

FLUKE infection in cattle herds and sheep flocks is predicted to be prevalent in the west and north-west of Ireland this winter, according to the latest Dept. of Agriculture data.

This year’s winter fluke forecast is based on meteorological data gathered between May and October of this year by Met Éireann and is based in what is known as the Ollerenshaw Summer [Fluke] Index 2022.

Liver fluke, or Fasciola Hepatica infection, will again be higher in the west and north-west region due to the wetter conditions that prevailed as compared to the south and east of the country.

As well as Met Éireann, the Dept. of Agriculture, UCD, Teagasc and Animal Health Ireland, collaborate to advise farmers of the predicted liver fluke risk over the winter period.

“The lower values of the index [south and east] are due to the drier conditions in June, July and August.

“May was dry in the south, whereas it was wet in the northwest as reflected in the higher values [infestation], while June was wetter in the west than the rest of the country, resulting in the overall index values being higher in the west and northwest,” the Dept. report points out.

The Beef HealthCheck programme, run in partnership with Meat Industry Ireland, collects and reports liver fluke information in cattle at slaughter from participating meat factories nationwide.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Sheep scheme changes sought

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Stephen Canavan, Galway IFA Chair

GALWAY IFA are calling on the Minister for Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue, to make modifications to the new Sheep Improvement Scheme as a matter or urgency.

Stephen Canavan, Galway IFA Chair, said that IFA had met with Department officials last week in an effort to secure changes to the scheme – most of them straightforward enough in relation to dates and deadlines.

One of the difficulties with the scheme is that the first year of the five-year project will run from February 1, 2023, to December 31, 2023 – the remaining four years of the project run from January 1 to December 31 annually.

However, Stephen Canavan has pointed out that if scanning takes place on farms in the coming January, 2023, this action will only be eligible for payment through the current scheme. “Applicants who choose the action as part of the new scheme will be penalised on their first-year payments because the action did not take place within the new scheme year.

“The scheme year period should run like the SWS (Sheep Welfare Scheme), which would avoid penalising farmers for this action in year one,” said Stephen Canavan.

He added that the requirement to nominate the years to have the genotyped/parentage verified in the scheme – on the first year of application – must not be a compliance requirement.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Tractor run will remember a local legend

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Some members of the 10-person organising committee for the PJ Mahoney Memorial Tractor Run that takes place in Ardrahan on Sunday, December 11. (Left to right): Anthony Whelan, Brian Kilkelly, Declan Sylver, Patrick Mahoney and Aonghusa Fahy. Absent from the photo are: Mary Forde, Lena Taylor, Conor O’Dea, Gerald Harney and Mícheál Kelly.

THE PJ Mahoney Memorial Tractor Run will take place on Sunday, December 11, in memory of a very well-known and highly regarded figure within the Ardrahan and South Galway local community, who passed away just a year ago this month.

PJ Mahoney was steeped in farming and the GAA and for this he was known far and wide. He was a talisman for Ardrahan GAA, playing in goals for the senior hurling team when they won county hurling titles in 1974, 1975 and 1978.

All down through the years, he was a most dedicated and guiding servant to the club up until his untimely death in a road accident last year.

PJ farmed locally throughout his life and was well known as an agricultural contractor in both Galway and North Clare, a business carried on by his son Patrick.

There are many tales and anecdotes of PJ Mahoney that still bring a smile to the faces of those recalling them.

He was a keystone in the local community, the neighbour you could always call on, and indeed the neighbour that didn’t need to be called upon as he would turn up to help regardless.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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