Farm Ireland

Wednesday 24 January 2018

Dairy farmers upset over BVD payments

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

Dairy farmers have described Minister Simon Coveney's €100/hd BVD compensation payment for suckler farmers as "manifestly unfair".

The ICMSA has called on the farm minister to include dairy stock in the BVD assistance measures designed to encourage the removal of persistently infected animals (PIs) from herds.

Animal Health Ireland recently revealed that up to 50pc of PI animals were being retained by farmers.

Pat McCormack, ICMSA dairy chairman, said the exclusion of dairy stock completely from the BVD assistance measure was "very unfair and wrong", given that financial losses were suffered by dairy farmers as well as suckler farmers.

"A dairy farmer who finds PIs has a loss equal to or greater than the loss suffered by the suckler farmer," he said.

The IFA and ICSA have welcomed the suckler calf payment, but pushed for €100 for the first calf in every herd.

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