Farm Ireland

Monday 11 December 2017

Mallow re-opens for AI

Mallow AI centre is to fully re-open as part of an overhaul of National Cattle Breeding Centre's (NCBC) new biosecurity programme. The re-vamp follows the IBR outbreak at NCBC's headquarters last February that resulted in all their top bulls being culled.

Munster AI has lodged planning permission to build a new multi-million euro collection barn that will accomodate up to 72 bulls. A total of 60 young bulls have already been accomodated in the existing buildings that were decommissioned six years ago as part of a rationalisation programme for the newly established NCBC.

Taoiseach at ICMSA event

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will attend the ICMSA annual general meeting due to be held at the Carlton Castletroy Park Hotel in Limerick on Saturday.

He will be joined by Minister Coveney and MEPs Mairead McGuinness and Liam Alyward for an examination of the impact on farmers of proposed changes to the SFP, dairy rules and rural development.

Meanwhile, ICMSA deputy president John Comer has finally declared himself in the leadership race to succeed Jackie Cahill. The Mayo man will go head-to-head with Cork-based dairy chairman Dominic Cronin.

Land limbo as road axed

Cork and Limerick farmers whose holdings which the planned M20 motorway from Patrickswell to Blarney was planned to go through have been cast into limbo after the Government shelved the route.

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Nearly 100 landowners along the selected route had been served with notice of CPO powers to acquire the land for the route and work, which was due to start this year.

The project has been deferred due to cutbacks in the capital budget but the land will now remain indefinitely restricted for any future farm developments.

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