ICBF to convene stakeholder forum on new indices

Following a meeting of the IFA National Livestock Committee, Chairperson Brendan Golden said a robust and frank discussion was held with ICBF Chief Executive Sean Coughlan at which members raised the genuine concerns of suckler farmers and pedigree breeders following the issuing of revised terminal and replacement indices.

“Members recognised the importance of having access to independent scientifically verifiable information to inform breeding decisions on farms,” outlined Mr Golden. “To be of benefit, this system must have the confidence of suckler farmers and pedigree breeders”.

The IFA Livestock Chairperson said that having heard the issues and concerns, ICBF CEO Sean Coughlan committed to convening an industry stakeholder forum to address them.

Brendan Golden continued, “It’s crucial the star rating system and associated indices have the confidence of suckler farmers and pedigree breeders by reflecting the realities of production systems on the ground. ICBF must move to convene the forum as a matter of urgency”.

The IFA Livestock Chairperson has also called on the Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue to play his part in alleviating the concerns of suckler farmers in relation to SCEP eligibility.