Concern that ‘too much subtle pressure being put on valuers to avoid giving the real value of a high calibre cow or heifer.’
Sligo News File.
ICSA Animal Health & Welfare chairman Hugh Farrell has called on the Department to allow valuers to do their job when it comes to the live valuation system for TB reactors.
“When it comes to breeding stock, or animals with show potential, there has to be flexibility in the system to allow valuers to give an honest and true assessment of what an animal is worth. In these cases, average price ranges from thousands of animals sold in marts each week is meaningless.
“ICSA is concerned that too much subtle pressure is being put on valuers to avoid giving the real value of a high calibre cow or heifer. As it stands, the odds are stacked against a farmer who has TB reactors. While the farmer can appeal the valuation, so too can the Department. The panel is selected by the Department in the first case, but we hear stories of valuers being afraid that they will be removed from the panel if they are deemed too favourable to farmers.
“While everybody accepts that valuations should be accurate, it is manifestly the case that some animals, particularly breeding animals, can be worth several hundred euros in excess of the typical price. Penny pinching over this is a pointless exercise in the context of the overall budget because we are only talking about a very small minority of animals. However, where a farmer has spent years breeding livestock and has invested in having the best of stock, it is very upsetting and frustrating to see the Department second guessing experienced valuers. Moreover, the sense that valuers are looking over their shoulders all the time is out there and this is not acceptable.
“Unless there is a strong body of evidence that a valuer is continuously getting it wrong, the Department should accept that at times, there will be stock that are much more valuable than any paper exercise in average values.
“We also need to ensure that compensation for reactors adequately reflects the impact of the loss of the cow. In cases, the cow will be a reactor before the calf is ready for weaning and at the same time, the calf will not be saleable. This will result in a loss of value in the calf which needs to be reflected in the price paid for the cow.”
The EU parliament fell silent when Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan the MEP for Roscommon and surrounding counties rose to speak. The target of his some would say insulting speech last week was Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary.
“Mr. Orban,” said Ming, “I am no fan of the EU, but I have to say you completely and utterly disgust me.
“You talk in pejorative terms about how you don’t want your country to turn into a country of migrants.
“Well, you’ll really hate me then and my children because both my children’s parents; their four grandparents, nine out of ten of their uncles, six out of six of their aunts and if they, in the countries that they went to, had to face what you’re doing to immigrants, well it wouldn’t be a good thing. Signs put out on doors of people that help them,
punishing educational institutes who support them.
My wife is a Kelly, one of the most common immigrant names. Yet still, we have a Kelly in here who describes you as having courage and how he respects you.
“I don’t the Flanagan’s and the Kelly’s and the immigrants of this world would respect you.
“I’d say it again; don’t like the European Union, but as far as I am concerned you are dirt.”