Monday 24 July 2017

IFA fight TB change

THE IFA is fighting against changes to the TB eradication programme.

Animal Health Chairman, John Waters, met with senior Department of Agriculture officials to warn that the changes would interfere with the independence of the live valuation scheme.

Costs to farmers would be considerably increased.

"Farmers are powerless to prevent the introduction of TB onto their farms and experience significant income loss and trade disruption as a result," Mr. Waters said.

Proposals to ask farmers to pay €22.50 towards the cost of the removal of each reactor animal and discontinue the refund of disease levies and vet's fees.

This would further increase the cost of TD for affected farmers by almost €30 an animal, he went on to say.

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