Difficulties in respect of the changes to the TB controls have emerged for farmers across the region and Chairman, IFA Animal Health, John Waters this week pointed to those difficulties and the ways in which they can be addressed.
“The Department of Agriculture, food and the Marine cannot systematically take away a farmer’s right to trade by imposing automatic restrictions,” he said, adding that during a meeting to discuss the matter, the Department alluded to the fact that “no contiguous herd will be restricted without a full investigation” and that discussions with herdowners would be held if and where necessary.
“The Department also committed to flexibility in relation to test dates so that farmers do not incur penalties or sanctions and in addition, it also agreed to review anomalies in relation to the payment for tests.”
The Ulster/North-Leinster IFA Vice President went on to say that it was vital that the six month validity period for tests in contiguous herds, was applied and imperative that the Department did not impose trade prohibitive measures that were “unnecessary on farmers”.
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