Veterinary Ireland has launched Vet Support Ireland, a new initiative to help support vets, vet nurses and lay staff in their mental health and wellness. The announcement was made at the Veterinary Ireland annual general meeting and conference, which took place in the Mullingar Park Hotel, on Friday, November 22.
Following the November meeting of the IFA National Dairy Committee, its chairman, Tom Phelan said members are angered by co-ops’ continued lagging behind European milk prices and dairy returns. Irish farmers are being let down by their co-ops when market returns, as evidenced by the Ornua PPI and other European indicators, fully justified prices at least 2c/L above Irish milk prices.
Voting to elect the 16th president of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) will get underway in IFA branches across the country next Monday and will conclude on Friday, December 13. John Coughlan from the Buttevant branch in north Cork, Tim Cullinan from the Toomevara branch in north Tipperary and Angus Woods from the Barndarrig branch in Wicklow are all running for the position. IFA deputy president candidates are Thomas Cooney from the Laragh branch in Cavan and Brian Rushe from the Carbury/Cadamstown branch in Kildare.
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, was presented with the 2019 Marine Institute Annual Stock Book this week. The Stock Book, which is one of the principal annual publications of the Institute, provides scientific advice on commercially exploited fish stocks of interest to Ireland.