Unnecessary Costs In Livestock Production

Having been berated about the price of lamb and how people need to pay more for it, if us Peasants are to continue in business producing these lambs, I thought I would start a thread about what could or should be done to reduce the costs that many of us have.

Many of these costs are out of our hands and needs the politicians to look at some of the legislation we have, especially since we are no longer in the EU and Trade Deals are being done with our competitors.

Firstly why are we still forced to send off deadstock to official disposal points, the carcasses are often travelling hundreds of miles, using expensive fuel and then are burnt using more fuel. I had an Australian sheep farmer who came to see me (he had 17,000 merinos and buried all deadstock they found, including cattle.

Why are we still being penalised for sheep that have cut two teeth? This was supposed to have been changed to a date of 1st June, however it is still irrelevant then.

We were supposed to have a new Movement system (LIS) which as part of the trade off for using it was that it would allow paperless movements for sheep and cattle and also relax the 6 day stand still for other stock that are separate on the same holding. It is apparently in place but I am not sure if it is working!

Why do we still have an Annual Inventory on 1st December? If it worked on line as it should then there would be accurate statistics by January as to how many sheep there are. Useful to know for everyone.

Those of us in TB1 areas that are many miles away from Hotspot areas and have not had any outbreaks, but are just within a magical County boundary is illogical.

I am sure there are others but before we ask for more money for our product should we not try harder to get some of these costs removed.


n Ireland
They're optional.

If you don't want to rear or adopt them you can sell them, give them away or just kill them.
Even selling , or giving away, your still stuck with them for a day or two at least, trying to get them to suck shepardness ,, I suggested killing them one other time on here, I nearly was kicked of the forum ,

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...