ICSA Submission on the Proposed Dog Microchipping Programme

ICSA-Dog-Microchipping-Subm  Minister Coveney recently made a call for submissions on Dog Microchipping as part of the passing of the Animal Helath and Welfare Bill into law; he specifically plans to introduce a regulation which will require the microchipping of all dogs in the country.

ICSA has been calling for such compulsory microchipping for many years, and has strongly welcomed the Minister’s proposal as a solution to many of the current problems relating to Ireland’s dog population such as straying, rehoming, theft, livestock worrying, animal cruelty and dangerous dogs. This submission makes a number of recommendations relating to the implementation of microchipping, including:

  • Equal chipping rates for all dogs, regardless of purpose
  • Restriction of chipping practice to registered vets, dog wardens and staff of approved dog shelters
  • Minimising of costs
  • Education regarding requirement of addition of chip data to a database
  • Clarity regarding protocol during change of ownership

ICSA aim to play an active role in any publicity campaign during the microchipping rollout.

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ICSA Submission on the Suckler TAM Scheme

ICSA-Suckler-TAMS-Submissio  The Department of Agriculture sought views from the main farming stakeholders on the potential content of a new Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme for the suckler sector. The Suckler Committee reached a consensus that the most appropriate use of funding for a Suckler TAM Scheme would be to prioritise improving farm safety and welfare through modernised animal handling facilities. 

In this submission, ICSA called for funding for a suite of TAM measures that could deliver improved farm safety and animal health & welfare, namely:

  • Crush equipment with optional head scoop for safer inspection and dosing of animals
  • Smaller dedicated crates for calf dehorning
  • Crush extensions for increased safety at rear of animal
  • Mobile crush units for use in field situations
  • Wired or wireless cameras for installation in calving sheds
  • Calf-weighing equipment
  • Badger-proof feed troughs
  • Tipping water troughs

Through these measures, ICSA believes that we can advance the competitiveness of the suckler sector, whilst improving the overall health and genetic resources of the national herd.

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ICSA Submission on the Second Review of the Nitrates Action Programme

ICSA Nitrates Submission Th  ICSA has made its submission to the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government and Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in response to the Second Review of the Nitrates Action Programme consultation call.

The submission highlights the problems for farmers brought about by ‘calendar farming’ aspects of the Good Agricultural Practive Regulations, which ICSA has been repeatedly vocal about in recent years.

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