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Macra na Feirme Backs Irish Cattle Breeding Federation Funding

02 August 2017

Macra na Feirme backs the recent agreement of ICBF funding from tag supplying companies. 

Today, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed announced that an agreement has been reached for a 38 cent contribution on the sale of cattle tags, from approved tag suppliers, toward the funding of ICBF. Speaking on the matter Macra na Feirme national president James Healy said, ‘For many young farmers, they have never operated in a farming enterprise without having access to key ICBF data when making vital breeding decisions, today’s announcement will therefore offer them much reassurance. ICBF has and will continue to play a pivotal role not only in the dairy and beef industry, but also in Ireland’s attempts to meet climate change targets. Data produced by ICBF complements farm profitability, improves milk processing, benefits cattle confirmation and furthers climate change mitigation efforts. A secure source of funding is crucial and today’s announcement will ensure the contribution ICBF has made to agricultural sector will continue for years to come’.