Farm Ireland

Friday 27 April 2018

Tullamore Show hit by TB scare

The Tullamore Show will be unaffected by a TB outbreak in the Butterfield Estate herd, show organisers have confirmed.

Show secretary Freda Kinnarney said a low risk breakdown did occur early in the year but it did not involve the show site.

"The Department of Agriculture is happy that the measures taken would not interfere with the show going ahead," said Ms Kinnarney.

A spokesperson for the Department of Agriculture confirmed the TB outbreak.

"While there was an outbreak of TB on the farm, it is a large farm and the cattle were not on the show site. We are happy that the risk mitigation efforts put in place are sufficient to allow the show to take place," the spokesperson said.

IFA seeks 70pc SFP advance in October

IFA PRESIDENT John Bryan has called for an advance of 70pc of the single farm payment (SFP) to be made in October, similar to last year.

In a letter to Agriculture Minister Brendan Smith, Mr Bryan said the income situation on Irish farms over the past two years had been extremely difficult.

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"Farm incomes over 2008 and 2009 collapsed by up to 40pc. The impact of this at farm level has been extremely severe resulting in ongoing income, cash flow and financial difficulties," Mr Bryan wrote.

"As a result, farm families have encountered income hardship and both bank borrowings and particularly credit levels have built up."

Mr Bryan said an advance of 70pc in mid-October would help alleviate and ease the income, cash flow and financial difficulties on many farms.

Dept to re-evaluate seed test methods

THE Department of Agriculture is to review its programme for testing seed varieties after the removal of a genetically modified (GM) maize crop from field trials.

Less than one-third of seed varieties submitted for crop evaluation are sampled for GM presence, the Department confirmed.

In the case of seed imported for commercial planting, the figure is much lower, at 20pc.

But a GM-free certificate must accompany all seed imported into Ireland for either crop evaluation or marketing.

The Department had to remove the maize crop from field trials in early July after it tested positive for GM presence.

The conventional maize variety PR39T83 was received for crop evaluation purposes and was planted in small-scale field trials.

Initial preliminary positive results for GM presence were received on June 3, which were later confirmed on June 30.

Irish Independent