Department refutes claims it's undervaluing TB rectors
Department accused of ‘interfering’ in the valuation of TB reactors
The Department of Agriculture has refuted claims that it is undervaluing animals that test positively for TB.
The Department has been criticised by the IFA for what it says is its ‘interference’ with the independence of the live valuation scheme, and a resulting under-valuation of animals removed as TB reactors from farms.
Furthermore, IFA Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart has said it is not only farmers who are experiencing difficulties in dealing with the scheme.
He said a large number of highly-qualified independent valuers, contracted by the Department to carry out valuations, have also raised their frustrations to IFA at being prevented by the Department of Agriculture from assessing the true market value of animals for farmers.
He said the rigid and unnecessary imposition of a draconian penalty point system by the Department of Agriculture on qualified, experienced and Department trained independent valuers for areas relating to the valuation of animals completely undermines the independence of the scheme and the valuers, resulting in farmers not receiving a fair and impartial valuation of their animals.
“This system must be removed.
“It is further compounded by the compilation of weekly guideline prices by the Department of Agriculture that fail to reflect the true market value of animals, particularly higher merit animals and quality animals that normally would not be offered for sale,” he said.
Based on analysis carried out by IFA, the prices available in the marketplace are well above the guideline prices compiled by the Department of Agriculture to which valuers are expected to rigidly adhere.