Suckler welfare scheme to extend into 2010 at €40 per animal

THE suckler welfare scheme will continue in 2010 at the rate of €40 per animal, Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Minister Brendan Smith has confirmed.

He also announced that payment will issue early in the new year in respect of the 2009 scheme.

Mr Smith reminded all farmers in the scheme of the need to continue to use the animal events system to register calf births from January 1 onwards.

He also urged them to meet the various requirements under the scheme in order to ensure they will qualify for payment in due course.

“This scheme has been very successful in its first two years. The high standard of animal husbandry on participating farms is showing through when weanlings are being sold,” he said.

Mr Smith praised the quantity of breeding information being collected on farms around the country. He said this information is a combination of ancestry, bulls used, performance data and weanling quality.

It is being submitted to the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation and is making a huge contribution to improvement of the suckler herd.

“The real payoff will be in the long term and it is vitally important that we keep up the flow of data to the ICBF and at the same time maintain the high standard of animal welfare for 2010,” he said.

Mr Smith also urged farmers to take the opportunity of using better genetics in their herd by making use of ICBF services.


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