ICSA: Mart price commitments must be fulfilled

The Chairman of the Beef Committee at the ICSA, Edmund Graham, has pointed out that a declaration made by the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation that the commercial beef value of all calves would be on display on mart boards was made in December 2021, but this is still not happening.

He insists that the Minister for Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue, now takes steps to ensure that this commitment is complied with.

The Commercial Beef Value is a tool for non-breeding beef farmers which provides very useful information on the genetic merits of the animals, he explained.


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IFA advises farmers to think about water quality

Responding to the Environmental Protection Agency’s report, Water Quality in Ireland 2016-2021, the IFA has asked members to take steps to try to help improve the figures in the study.

The highlight matters are that 43% of Irish rivers contain high nitrate concentrations while almost one-third of both rivers and lakes have high levels of phosphorus. These elements in particular lead to increased presence of nutrients in estuaries around the entire island.

Over half of the surface water (non-seawater, at 54%) was found to be of ecological status described as good or better, although the unsatisfactory levels remain high. Water quality is harmed by nutrients, lowered levels of oxygen and higher pH degrees.


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