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Kerry vote tomorrow

A strong turnout is expected tomorrow for the first of two crucial votes for Kerry Group suppliers.

A proposal to allow Kerry Co-op's shareholding in Kerry Group Plc to drop below the current 20pc threshold, and to establish a new threshold of 10pc plus one share, will be voted on tomorrow at the Brandon Hotel, Tralee. A second vote on the same issue is scheduled for Tuesday, August 16.

To be carried, the proposal needs the support of more than 75pc of the eligible voters present at tomorrow's meeting. The ballot is restricted to the 4,400 'A' grade shareholders in the co-op -- the vast majority of the group (3,900) are Kerry Group milk suppliers.

An amendment to the current rule relating to the threshold is also being voted on. The meeting,is restricted to co-op members and kicks off at 2pm.

Pfizer clears up ad claims

Pfizer Animal Health (Ireland) has been forced to issue a clarification in relation to claims made in adverts for the company's Rispoval IBR Vaccines.

The Code of Practice committee of the Animal and Plant Health Association (APHA) upheld a complaint from Intervet Schering Plough regarding the adverts.

The clarification states:

"In line with a recent APHA ruling in response to a complaint by Intervet Schering Plough, Pfizer Animal Health (Ireland) would like to clarify that Rispoval IBR Vaccines are the only IBR vaccines licensed in Ireland that protect against abortions due to BHV-1 (IBR) infection. The previous advert stating 'the only vaccines in Ireland to protect against IBR infertility and abortion as well as respiratory disease' was incorrect and should have read 'the only vaccines in Ireland to protect against IBR abortions as well as respiratory disease'. Pfizer Animal Health apologises for any confusion caused."

Beet report nears finish

Beet Ireland has confirmed that the findings of a feasibility study on the reintroduction of the sugar industry to Ireland will be published in September.

A delegation from Beet Ireland met the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney last week to outline progress. Beet Ireland described the meeting as "very constructive". Minister Coveney said he was looking forward to a "further update" when the study was completed.

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