Cullinan elected IFA treasurer

Former North Tipperary Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) chairman Tim Cullinan has been elected as IFA national treasurer at today’s 63rd IFA Annual General Meeting in the Irish Farm Centre, Dublin.

Cullinan, who was recently succeeded as county chairperson by Imelda Walsh, will take the reins from outgoing treasurer Jer Bergin from Co. Laois.

Meanwhile, Billy Cotter, who was recently succeeded as chairperson for North Cork IFA, has been elected as a council representative.

The announcements were made at today’s AGM, where IFA president Joe Healy outlined the key challenges facing Irish farmers over the coming year.

“2018 will be a defining year for farming,” the president said in his opening address.

“Never before have such major challenges as Brexit, the CAP Budget, Mercosur and climate change converged in a single year. IFA will be there to represent the interests of all farmers,” Healy assured.

Farrell elected Animal Health chair

Last week, the IFA’s National Animal Health Committee elected Pat Farrell from Co. Kildare as chairman – succeeding Bert Stewart in the role.

Farrell – a suckler farmer – previously served as IFA Environment Committee chairman and as Kildare county chairman.

Speaking about his priorities for the role, Pat said he will work with the committee to:
  • Re-establish the independence of the TB Live Valuation Scheme and ensure guideline prices accurately reflect the market value animals;
  • Review the TB Eradication programme including all compensation schemes and controls to ensure the cost burden for farmers is reduced and the target of eradication is achieved;
  • Ensure the Wildlife Control Programme is effectively implemented in all counties and continue to pursue the development of a National Deer Management Programme;
  • Ensure the objective of BVD eradication by 2020 is achieved and ensure on-farm testing is discontinued at the earliest opportunity;
  • Identify and have implemented, a sustainable and credible national Johne’s control programme that meets the objectives of farmers and co-ops;
  • Pursue a favourable outcome in the new EU Veterinary Medicine Regulations for Irish farmers;
  • Continue to engage with the Department of Agriculture towards developing appropriate use guidelines for antibiotic use on farms;
  • Engage with all relevant parties to ensure farmers continue to have a competitive and efficient veterinary service in all regions of the country; and,
  • Pursue the retention of the existing RVL infrastructure and enhancement of services to farmers.