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ICSA welcomes changes to TB scheme

Feb 12, 2016 | ICSA in the Media | 0 comments

Farming Examiner – 11 February, 2016

John Barron, ICSA committee chairman for TB, praised the increase of the maximum valuation for a pedigree bull under the TB market valuation scheme from €3,500 to €5,000.

He said the move makes a big difference to the farmer who has a reactor pedigree bull.

“It will also give a boost to the pedigree sector as it gives some confidence and security around higher value bulls,” said Mr Barron.

“Given the increased focus on star ratings under the BDGP, we have to be seen to have valuations which reflect the reality in the marketplace.”

However, he said farmers not being permitted to buy in stock after a TB outbreak remains a sore point.


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