New TB rules to cause 'mayhem' this autumn
New TB rules are predicted to cause 'mayhem' during the autumn weanling trade when farmers attempt to buy and sell stock.
Despite the confirmation last week that neighbouring herds next to a reactor herd would be individually risk assessed before they too were subjected to restrictions, farmers in the west say that the rules are unworkable.
Roscommon farmer, Joe Gilfillan, who is treasurer of the Charolais society, says that many farmers still don't realise the significance of the rule changes.
"There was a farmer at the sale in Elphin on Saturday who only discovered that he was locked up when he went to pay for the animal he had just purchased," said Mr Gilfillan.
However, the farmer was subsequently able to proceed with his purchase once contact had been made with a Department of Agriculture official, who sanctioned a 'temporary lifting' of the restrictions to facilitate the transaction.
Mr Gilfillan said that they got a huge turnout at Charolais club meetings on the issue and that farmers were very angry with the IFA's role in the issue.
"Many farmers were ready to rescind their IFA membership because they are convinced that the organisation were asleep at the wheel on this," he said.