ICSA Animal Health & Welfare chair Hugh Farrell has congratulated Clare man James Lynch on his appointment as the new chairman of Animal Health Ireland. “The first objective will be to end BVD testing by the end of 2022. The BVD campaign has been a major success with BVD practically eliminated on almost all farms and it is now time to cut out the cost and inconvenience of taking samples on all new-born calves,” he said.
“ICSA looks forward to working with James on delivering better animal health outcomes on farms and we are confident that his practical experience as a successful farmer combined with his experience as chair of the Dairygold board means that he is ideally placed for the role. He should be an able advocate for Irish exports, based on our attention to detail on animal health and welfare. James was involved in the early days of Irish efforts to open the Chinese market when he hosted the visit of President Xi Jinping to his farm. Ireland has very high animal health and welfare standards and this must be the driver of re-opening all export options for key products such as beef.”
Mr Farrell concluded by thanking Mike Magan for his huge commitment to AHI and wished him well for the future.