Control ‘an unnecessary cost on farmers’
Sligo News File Online
ICSA president Patrick Kent has called for an immediate announcement on the abolition of pre-movement brucellosis testing in light of the declaration of Northern Ireland as officially brucellosis free.
“The 60 day pre-movement test is now an unnecessary cost on farmers,” he said.
“Worse, it restricts competition due to farmers being reluctant to bring heifers or cows to a mart. Instead they go direct to a factory to avoid the hassle and cost but this lack of choice puts them in a weaker position when negotiating with factories.”
Stating that the ICSA had received a commitment from the Department that pre-movement testing would be abolished as soon as the Northern Ireland position was clarified, he added “it’s now urgent that this is implemented without delay.”