Farming bodies reticent on funding disease plan
THE main farm bodies have refused to back any eradication programmes for BVD and IBR which would be farmer funded.
Following last week's disease outbreak at the National Cattle Breeding Centre in Enfield, Co Kildare, there have been renewed calls for compulsory eradication schemes to tackle the spread of IBR and BVD.
However, both the IFA and ICMSA said the cost of any eradication schemes could not be carried by farmers.
A statement from the IFA said farmers would not support a programme that added unnecessary cost to the day-to-day management of their farms.
"The Department of Agriculture will also have to play a key supporting role if a BVD eradication programme is to work," the IFA insisted.
The ICMSA said any eradication programmes for IBR and BVD should be Government funded in the same way as is the case with brucellosis and TB.
The farmer group added that the Government was "duty-bound" to financially support any such eradication schemes.
The ICSA said that it believed a compulsory BVD programme would distort the market. "If the programme is voluntary it ensures that costs are lower, provided that there is a critical mass participating," a spokesman said.