Strict checks on Bord Bia QA scheme
A stronger line is being taken by Bord Bia with regard to compliance with the State body's quality assurance scheme for both beef and sheep.
Farmers report that checks for the scheme have been more stringent this year, particularly with regard to records of usage of veterinary medicines.
One farmer said that the checks were far more in-depth this year and that the inspection of his medicine usage records was "really thorough".
A Bord Bia official pointed out that farmers are already required to keep records of all medicines administered to their stock.
He said that maintaining such records was an integral part of good farming practice and, as such, was essential for any meat quality assurance scheme.
Close to 33,000 beef farmers are involved in Bord Bia's beef quality assurance scheme, with 8,500 in the lamb programme.
For beef farmers, the quality assurance scheme bonus is worth 6c/kg (€20-25/hd) on a finished animal. On lambs, the bonus is 5c/kg.