Knackeries to face more inspections amid concerns over untagged animals

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Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

Knackeries will face increasing checks in the coming months in regard to taking procession of untagged animals.

It comes on the back of concerns expressed by the BVD Implementation Group (BVDIG) on the reporting of deaths by knackery operators.

The BVDIG was convened in June 2011 to take forward planning and implementation of an industry-led national BVD eradication programme. It comprises representatives of the industry organisations.

In a letter from the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to the Group, which has been seen by FarmIreland, the Minister outlines that while the Department has found the operators to be substantially compliant in the past, he said if specific cases are brought to out attention, they will be investigated.

The Minister highlighted that it is an offense for a knackery operator or anyone else to take procession of an untagged animal.

“Knackery operators will be remained of the responsibilities in this regard and, in the context of the concerns expressed by the BVDIG, knackeries will face increasing checks by DAFM in the period ahead,” the Minister said.

The Department has approved 39 knackeries for the proper disposal of fallen animals.

The Minister recently announced increased supports for the early removal of PI (persistently infected) calves under the national Bovine Viral Disease (BVD) Eradication Programme in 2017.

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Making this announcement, Minister Creed welcomed the renewed commitment of all stakeholders represented on the BVD Implementation Group to drive towards eradication of BVD. 

The Minister said: “The progress to-date in the eradication effort, which has seen the incidence of PIs fall by 75pc since 2013, has resulted in very substantial savings to farmers, currently estimated at €66m per year, and these savings will increase further in the years ahead as the incidence of the disease continues to decline”. 

The Minister continued: “whilst recognising the very significant progress made over the past four years, I believe the increased level of support for the early removal of PI calves will give a further major impetus to reducing incidence of the disease and final eradication in the foreseeable future.  The inclusion of dairy crosses and dairy bulls for the first time in the support arrangements will further assist this process.”

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