Updated: 12/10/16 : 12:26:20
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Farmers must not be penalised over slurry spreading

IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has called on the Department of Agriculture to treat farmers fairly this winter, and ensure that no farmer endures a Basic Payment penalty if they need to take necessary manure management steps during the winter due to animal welfare concerns.  

IFA President Joe Healy repeated this call during a recent meeting with Minister Michael Creed, calling for maximum slurry spreading flexibility, which recognises the difficult farming conditions that famers currently face.

Joe Healy added, “Minister Creed’s understanding of the situation faced by so many farmers is welcomed, however action is now required to ensure farmers are not penalised.”