Farmers ready to fund disease eradication scheme
A groundswell of interest is emerging from Munster dairy farmers for an efficient disease eradication scheme to tackle the spread of diseases such as IBR, BVD, and Johnes.
Farmers at the Limerick IFA county AGM last week expressed strong support for an eradication scheme to be funded, if necessary, by herd owners. In the absence of available State funding for an eradication scheme, such an initiative would be in the interests of farmers, the AGM heard.
Both the IFA and ICMSA have refused to back any proposal which would require farmers to fully fund an eradication programme.
The meeting in Adare also endorsed a proposal that it should be made a legal requirement for owners of herds infected with IBR, BVD or Johnes to inform farmers purchasing animals from them.
Such a move would help control the spread of the diseases the meeting was told.
Earlier, farmers heard that baby food was now the biggest export for the Irish dairy industry.
The Irish infant formula industry now supplies almost a fifth of the world baby food market.