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ICSA Submission On The Suckler Tam Scheme

Aug 10, 2013 | Policy Submission | 0 comments

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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