Farm Ireland

Saturday 24 February 2018

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).

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The theme of the conference is 'Planning The Transition To Quota Abolition' and the speakers will include Michael O'Donovan and Laurence Shalloo of Teagasc, as well as dairy farmers John McNamara from Limerick and Kevin Downing from Cork.

The topics to be covered include grass utilisation, new breeding technology and the financial implications of once-day-milking up to quota abolition.

Quota round to close January 27

The closing date for the next round of the milk quota trading scheme will be January 27, the Department of Agriculture has announced.

Quota purchased under the scheme will be available for supply from April 1 this year. Application forms are now available from co-ops and dairies.

There was phenomenal demand for quota in the last round, with prices hitting 56c/l in Callan, 54c/l in Lisavaird and 50c/l in Dairygold. Quota price in Kerry jumped from 8c/l to 30c/l.

The demand to supply ratio was 10:1.

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