ICSA demands increase in BVD payments
The ICSA has called for an increase in the compensation payments which have been made available by the Department of Agriculture under the BVD eradication programme.
Under the existing programme the Department will pay €100 for any suckler cow whose calf is found to be a persistently infected (PI) animal. A further €15 subsidy will be paid to offset knackery charges.
However, ICSA suckler chairman Dermot Kelleher said the compensation payments were not sufficient to cover farmer losses.
"It costs at much as €500 a year to keep a suckler so the welfare payment should reflect that," Mr Kelleher said.
Despite these reservations, Mr Kelleher said it was in the interests of suckler farmers to join the eradication scheme.
"ICSA supports the effort to eradicate BVD from the national herd and we encourage all farmers to test their calves in 2012. This will give farmers a head start on 2013 when the testing will be compulsory," Mr Kelleher added.
Double date for IGA conference
The Irish Grassland Association (IGA) annual dairy conference will take place next week at the Hudson Bay Hotel, Athlone, Co Westmeath (Tuesday, January 10) and the Silver Springs Hotel, Cork (Wednesday, January 11).