Fears movement restrictions could damage calf trade


IFA President Joe Healy said the IFA has strongly outlined farmer concerns over the imposition of unnecessary restrictions on the farm-to-farm movements put forward by the Department of Agriculture.

  “Ahead of the peak sale time for calves, these restrictions by the Department could damage the trade in a year when we need to see the doubling of numbers exported. We should be removing obstacles, not adding them,” he said.

  IFA has previously raised objections with the Department of Agriculture and has said that the changes to the farm-to-farm movement of animals fails to recognise the practical reality of the marketplace.

  IFA National Animal Health Chairman Pat Farrell said: “While the majority of calves sold are over ten days of age, the Department must facilitate the movement of young calves to farms where a replacement calf is needed for a suckler cow.

  “In relation to the shortening of the validity period of farm-to-farm compliance certificate and the requirement to identify the destination herd, this will impact on the functioning of the market, especially for farmers who are reliant on the paper-based system,” he said.

  IFA has again called on Agriculture Minister Michael Creed and the Department to reconsider the matter.