Updated: 27/11/14 : 08:44:18
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3,596 Sligo farmers to benefit from over €10m - Perry

Fine Gael TD John Perry TD said today that balancing payments for farmers under the 2014 Single Farm Payment Scheme will begin on 1st December. The payments totalling €10,167,724.50  will benefit 3,596  farmers in County Sligo. These payments form part of many farmers’ budgets. The money will begin arriving in farmers’ bank accounts next week.These payments these are worth in excess of €550 million, bringing the total [...]  Read More...

Updated: 27/11/14 : 08:47:50
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Bucellosis announcement worth €6m annually for farmers

IFA Animal Health chairman Bert Stewart has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to remove the last remaining costs for farmers associated with Brucellosis. He said the announcement is in line with the changes sought by IFA and represent direct savings of in excess of €6m annually for farmers. Ceasing annual herd monitoring in the remaining 20% of herds from the 1st January will return immediate savings [...]  Read More...

Updated: 27/11/14 : 08:52:42
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Addressing AMR will require multi-faceted approach - O'Leary

Addressing a conference on antimicrobial resistance in Moorepark in Cork this week, IFA Deputy President Tim O’Leary said the use of antibiotics on farms is already heavily regulated, with products only available under veterinary prescription to farmers.Tim O’Leary said, “As farmers, we have shown that we are responsible end users of all veterinary medicines, including antibiotics.  We are prepared to invest in best practice advice [...]  Read More...

Updated: 27/11/14 : 10:04:59
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Comiskey welcomes launch of Social Farming Handbook

Fine Gael Senator for Sligo-North Leitirm Michael Comiskey has today (Wednesday) welcomed the launch of the Social Farming Handbook.Social farming is a novel social support service to improve health and support farm diversification.  It is aimed at developing linkages between the agriculture and health care sectors and promotes the idea of using farming and horticulture to involve health service users in a family farm [...]  Read More...

Updated: 27/11/14 : 10:08:00
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Additional funds for maintenance of local roads call

IFA Countryside Chairman, Tim O’Leary, has called on the Department of Transport to use the additional funds from motor tax to increase the roads repair budget and ring fence funding for the maintenance of local roads. “Over the past four years an estimated additional 75,000 cars are travelling on roads, which has increased the motor tax paid by over €17 million.  During the same period rural roads have continued to [...]  Read More...