83% of farmers followers believe that the 4-Movement Rule should be removed – that’s according to a poll conducted by this publication.
The rule in question dictates that any animal brought to slaughter with more than 4 movements or changes of ownership on its card will not qualify for the 'Quality Payment System' bonus.
When asked, what is the maximum number of residences an animal should have to qualify for an in-spec bonus, we received the following responses:
- 2 – 10%;
- 3 – 5%;
- 4 – 10%;
- 5 – 11%;
- 6 – 64%.
Over 10,000 farmers have signed the Irish Family-Farm Rights Group’s petition against the 4-Movement Rule.
Last week, Donie Shine – National Chairman of IFRG – said that proper attention must be paid to all those “actually responsible” for its implementation.
A statement released by the group last week outlined: “Various bi-lateral meetings had between significant beef industry stakeholders and the 'Farm Rights Group has revealed that there are two other parties, besides the IFA and MII, who also have an interest in promoting and maintaining the Four Movements' Rule.”
Shine said that the Group is currently contacting these parties with a view to ascertaining the reasons behind their interest.