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Sunday 4 December 2016

Green light for marts' scheme

Published 24/05/2016 | 02:30

Pictured in Bandon Mart at the launch of the Mart Modernisation scheme were (l-r) Sean Coughlan CEO ICBF with Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed and Sean O'Sullivan CEO Cork Marts. Photo: Denis Boyle.
Pictured in Bandon Mart at the launch of the Mart Modernisation scheme were (l-r) Sean Coughlan CEO ICBF with Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed and Sean O'Sullivan CEO Cork Marts. Photo: Denis Boyle.

A €300,000 scheme to subsidise the roll-out of new electronic boards at marts throughout the country has been announced.

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ICOS had warned the potential of the Beef Data and Genomics Programme would be "diluted" unless screens, which cost up to €10,000, were installed which would keep farmers up-to-date on star ratings.

Agriculture Minister Michael Creed confirmed the mart modernisation scheme would assist marts to purchase new display screens.

The screens will provide real-time information on animals for sale and allow farmers at the ringside to view the ICBF star ratings for beef breeding stock and also for EBIs for dairy stock.

It is understood the Department will supply up to 40pc of funding, with a maximum grant will be €4,000 for the screen.

"It's essential that the purchasers of stock have the most up to date information to inform their buying decisions," said Mr Creed.

The scheme will be open from today and interested marts will be able to avail of information through the Agriculture Department.

ICOS marts executive Ray Doyle said farmers are increasingly buying animals due to their genetic profile. "The screens will allow for the uniform display of information for farmers, including EBI and beef genomics data," he said.

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