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Teagasc Training for Suckler Cow Welfare

11 September 2008

IRELAND - Teagasc is holding the first of the compulsory training events required for farmers participating in the Suckler Cow Animal Welfare Recording and Breeding Scheme next week. Under the terms of the scheme farmers are paid a subsidy of €80 per cow in return for adhering to higher animal welfare standards.

Selected farmers in counties Offaly, Kilkenny, Cavan and Laois were the first to receive official invites this week to an event in their county. Most of the training will take place in livestock marts. The official launch of the training will take place at Ballyhaise Agricultural College next Thursday, 18 September 2008. The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith TD will attend the session.

Teagasc wishes to point out that only farmers who have received an official invitation to a training event should attend. Places for each session are limited. It is very important that farmers bring the invitation along to the session. Without this invitation Teagasc cannot verify that they have attended and they will have to re-attend a future session in their county.

Teagasc beef advisory specialist Pearse Kelly said; ”This invitation should be looked upon in the same way as a farmer bringing an animal to the mart for sale. If an animal’s blue identity card is not brought to the mart the animal cannot be sold. If the official invitation is not brought to the training event the farmer cannot be verified as having attended the compulsory training session.”

In some counties there will be two Teagasc training sessions on in the same mart on the same day at different times. Farmers should only attend the session they are invited to, as places are limited at each session.

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