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- IFA Animal Health Chairman Pat Farrell has said the unacceptable increase in the number of empty samples reported in the BVD programme last year appears to be continuing in the 2018 programme and the impact on farmers must be addressed through a system developed by Animal Health Ireland (AHI) with tag suppliers and testing laboratories. Pat Farrell said the number of empties recorded in 2017 was 23,705 compared to 13,915 in the previous year - an increase of almost 10,000 samples.
- Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Food, Jackie Cahill has warned that Ireland’s beef exporting industry faces a very difficult number of months as a major ferry has been pulled from service for refurbishment. They estimate that between Mid-February and the end of April, at least 140,000 calves need to be exported from Irish farms to ensure equilibrium in the market, and to protect the future price of beef.
- Creed Announces Extension for Submission of Sheep Welfare Scheme Applications. The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today announced an extension of the closing date for the receipt of continuation forms / new entrant application forms for year 2 of Sheep Welfare Scheme. Online and paper forms will now be accepted up until Friday 9 February.
- The Irish Natura and Hill Farmers Association (INHFA) have called on the Minister for Agriculture to reconvene the fodder action group to sort out the many inconsistencies revealed in the recently announced fodder aid scheme. "We have written to the Minister and the chairman of the stakeholders committee to request an immediate meeting to address the many problems within the scheme", stated INHFA President Colm O'Donnell.
- Following the recent announcement by Eir to withdraw from the bidding process for the National Broadband Plan, Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice has called on the Government to honour their commitment in delivering high speed broadband to the 540,000 homes and business that have been waiting patiently for years now. The decision by Eir to exit the bidding process stated Fitzmaurice “is not a shock and while it would be better to have more than one bidder, the reality is we still have company committed, so we now need to finalise the deal and get this moving.” he said.
- Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy, has said that the Government’s ideological obsession with privatisation lies at the root of the current chaos in the National Broadband Plan. Sinn Féin say they have repeatedly warned the Government about the fundamental flaws in the procurement system it was following and its determination to hand over control of this project to private interests.
- Crime Levels in rural areas in Northern Ireland have witnessed decreases on last years number. The level of crime is reportedly down by just over 11%.
Rest of the World:
- At least two people have been killed in protests by potato farmers in Peru. The protest was as a result of demonstrators demanding the government make good on promises to buy excess potatoes after price drops.(news.trust.org).
- Five calves have been killed in a devastating farm fire in Wales. The fire broke out just before 2.30am yesterday, with emergency fire services called to the scene. There were livestock, hay and fertilizer involved in the fire. The five cattle killed were heifers and a teenager is today being questioned in relation to the incident. (newsnorthwales.co.uk).
- Arla has continued their recent investment, with the announcement that they will invest over £33m inthe Aylesbury Dairy. The money will be used to make lactose-free products, as well as creating alternative packaging (Mix 96).
- The University of Central Florida team have announced that they have discovered links to eating dairy and beef, to arthritis. They discovered that bacteria commonly found in milk and beef is linked to rheumatoid arthritis. (the cattle site.com)