ICSA is opposing the imposition of pre or post movement testing in relation to TB restricted farmers buying in cattle for further feeding until we have certainty that the Department will pay for these tests.
These rules are being dreamed up by those who do not understand livestock farming, and the fact is that these rules will create a lot more animal welfare issues. Farmers need to be able to sell animals at a time which is appropriate to their farming system. If you interfere with this, there are unintended consequences.
“The reality is that the EU is taking a very ideological position on red meat that is not supported by incontrovertible evidence. A balanced diet with a focus on reducing or eliminating ultra-processed foods is still likely to be a better strategy. It is worrisome that the EU appears to be supporting highly processed plant burgers over real meat. Apart from the fact that it is not based on robust evidence, it is distorting fair competition and actually undermining highly nutritious food produced by EU livestock farmers.”
SHEEP FARMERS MUST HOLD THE LINE AT A MINIMUM OF €7.00/kg @ICSAIreland sheep chair Sean McNamara said “Factories are doing everything in their power to chip away at prices so we must do everything in our power to resist them.” https://icsaireland.ie/sheep-farmers-must-hold-the-line-at-a-minimum-of-e7-00-kg/ #ICSA #FightingForFarmers