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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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Fair Deal reached as Bill is enacted

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Maura Canning: Good day expected.
Maura Canning, the former IFA Farm Family and Social Affairs Chairperson

RELIEF has been expressed this week in farming and political circles that at last the Fair Deal Nursing Home legislations changes have been passed by the Oireachtas.

The Bill went through the Dáil last Thursday and the Seanad on Friday, bringing to a conclusion a campaign that started back in 2012.

Maura Canning, the former IFA Farm Family and Social Affairs Chairperson, told the Farming Tribune there was a great sense of relief that a nine-year long campaign had at last got over the line.

“It has been such a long and difficult campaign to secure this deal with a lot of complications and obstacles along the way. At times, we seemed to be almost there, until something happened to hold up the process, but there really was a great sense of relief last Friday when the Bill at last passed through its final stages,” said Maura Canning.

She paid a particular to former Minister of State, Jim Daly; the current incumbent Mary Butler; and also to the many TDs and Senators that had been lobbied over the years on the issue. “No TD ever failed to return a call,” she said.

The key change in the new Bill is that there will be a three-year cap on the 7.5% annual contribution of the overall value of the farm where the farmer or their spouse is in a nursing home. There are a number of conditions attached to this CAP, the most significant of which is the fact that the farm must be signed over fully to the inheritor for a five-year period and this person must also continue farming on the land.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Stay safe on the farm

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GALWAY farmers have again been reminded during Farm Safety Week to ‘stop, think and slow down’ as they go about their work during the busy Summer season – and indeed for the rest of the year as well.

Roy O’Brien, Galway/Mayo IFA Regional Executive, told the Farming Tribune that too many farm families had been impacted upon by fatalities or life-changing injuries over recent years.

“In their daily work, farmers have to be a bit of everything from a vet to a mechanic to a driver of heavy machinery and often these tasks have to be carried out with no one else around.

“I think that this change of duties represents one of the big challenges to farmers in terms of their own health and safety. Every day can bring a new job and a new safety challenge,” said Roy O’Brien.

Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, said it was shocking to think that between 2011 and 2020, 21 children had lost their lives in farm accidents across the country.

“While children look forward to being home on the farm for the Summer, now is an important time to have conversations about safety.

“Tell them about the dangers and set the rules but don’t expect a child to take on the responsibility of keeping themselves safe. Children do not understand risk,” said Anne Mitchell.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Top ten steps to reduce GHGs

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Suckler herds: The longer they can be kept out to grass, the better it is for reducing emissions.

TEAGASC has outlined a 10-step programme to help beef farmers reduce their carbon footprint over the coming years as part of agriculture’s contribution to the cutting of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.

Martina Harrington, Teagasc Beef Specialist, has outlined that 68% of all agricultural GHG emissions in Ireland are methane based while almost all the rest are nitrous oxide – less than 3% are carbon dioxide.

She explained in the latest edition of the Teagasc magazine, Today’s Farm, that methane is a by-product of the digestive system of animals while nitrous oxide (N2O) is a gas caused by the breakdown of nitrogen.

In terms of methane reductions, Martina Harrington, recommends more efficient suckler cows; better daily weight gains from calves; the possible use of feed additives; and an extension of the grazing season to reduce slurry volumes.

As regards nitrous oxide, she recommends a reduction in the amount of synthetic fertiliser to be applied by improving soil fertility, especially in relation to soil pH levels [liming].

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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