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- The Irish Natura and Hill Farmers Association (INHFA) are calling for an extra 10 euros per ewe for hill flocks ahead of the Teagasc National Hill Sheep conference due to take place in Westport, Co.Mayo on Wednesday 21st February. Speaking in advance of the conference, INHFA Vice President Brendan Joyce said that "with savings of €5 million of the €25 million welfare package in year one of the scheme and a similar level of saving lightly in year two, the Government must now increase the available budget and target it towards the hill sheep sector. This budget cannot be lost to the Sheep sector and must be delivered as promised.”Concluding the INHFA vice president said" hill flock owners need as much support as possible to sustain hill farming in the absence of a market for light hill lamb and in particular with independent farm income reports showing the hill sheep farming sectors to be one of the worst performing sectors financially speaking in Irish agriculture".
- Escapee farmed salmon were detected in the Delphi, Erriff, Kylemore/Dawros, Newport and Bunowen rivers in counties Galway and Mayo. IFI has not been advised of any reports, by salmon farm owners, of escapes, coinciding with the detections, to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), the licensing authority for aquaculture. The reporting of escapes to DAFM are a condition of aquaculture licences. The new report by Inland Fisheries Ireland says that ‘up to five hundred escaped farmed salmon may have entered western salmon rivers during the August/September period 2017’.
- ICSA rural development chairman Seamus Sherlock has said he is appalled at the decision by Permanent TSB to place €4.5bn of its loans on the market. Commenting on the move Mr Sherlock said, “Selling off these loans at a fraction of their value means the vultures will be circling around in no time, looking to make big money at the expense of hard pressed families.” “The volume of the loans being off-loaded is extremely alarming. The outlook for those who find themselves in the position of having their loans sold off can only be described as grim. Any protection they had will be grossly undermined by being forced to deal with new loan masters whose only interest is to profit from them.”. Continuing Mr Sherlock said, “There is also a real danger of other banks following suit. I would implore upon any of the other banks who may be thinking of doing the same to reconsider. We cannot allow countless homes and family farms to be put up for grabs in a free for all. Negotiating any reasonable solution with private equity firms is notoriously difficult when all they are interested in are quick sales with people who find themselves in precarious situations.”
- Study finds that US agriculture using five times more antibiotics than UK farmers. That is according to an investigation by the Alliance to Save our Antibiotics. It found that antibiotic use in the US is 9 to 16 times higher per livestock unit for beef cattle, three times higher for chickens, twice as high for pigs and five times higher for turkeys than it is in the UK (sustainweb.org)
- Morrisons have acquired Chippindale Foods, one of the UK’s leading supplier of free range eggs. They say the deal will enable them to become more competitive on everyday products. The news comes in alignment with Morrisons announcement that they will only sell eggs from uncaged poultry by 2025. (farminguk.com)