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Norbrook Prize winner announced
Congratulations to Lauren McFarland from Omagh, who was recently
announced as this year's recipient of the Norbrook Prize, which is
awarded annually to the best veterinary medicine student in small
animal surgery. Lauren graduated recently from University College
Dublin with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (honours degree). As
well as picking up the Norbrook award, she received the Veterinary
Council Awards Freeman Memorial Medal, which is presented to the
student who, during the course, obtained the highest marks in animal
husbandry, pathology, microbiology, parasitology and pharmacology
examinations. She also received the Moredun Foundation Prize, for
performing best in the area of farm animal studies.
IFA says EU has sold
out Irish farmers
Reacting to the outcome of the trade talks with
the South American trade bloc Mercosur, IFA
President Joe Healy said EU negotiators have
colluded in a deal that has sold out Irish and
European farmers. Joe Healy said: "This is a bad
deal for Ireland and for Irish farmers, it's a bad
deal for the environment and it's a bad deal for EU
standards and consumers."
The IFA President called on the Taoiseach make
it clear to Brussels that Ireland will not ratify this
"While Commissioner Hogan has done much
good work, when he looks back on his five-year
term, he will have to consider this Commission
sell-out as a low point. The `turning a blind eye'
approach to double standards and environmental
degradation in Brazil is indefensible. It makes
an utter mockery of the pledge that this EU
Commission signed when it took up o ce in 2014
to uphold EU legislation," he said.
"Irish and European farmers adhere to the highest
standards on traceability, animal welfare, food
safety and the environment. Farmers in Brazil do
not. Yet our Government and the EU Commission
waved the white flag and disregarded what
consumers expect from their farmers."
IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods
pointed that our 3bn beef sector is much more
important to Ireland than any other EU member
state and we cannot allow our vital national
interest in beef to be ruined by Brazilian beef
Angus Woods said Ireland cannot allow the
EU Commission inflict such damage on the EU
beef market without consequences. He said
the EU Commission Joint Research Centre has
calculated the impact of trade deals on the EU
beef sector including Mercosur would cost be up
to 7bn pa.
Macra na Feirme
Macra na Feirme joined forces with AXA Insurance dac to
promote LGBTQ+ rights at this year's Pride Parade. This
marks the first year the rural youth and young farmer's
organisation will take part in Pride.
Commenting, Macra na Feirme National President
Thomas Du y said: "We are delighted to partner with AXA
Insurance in promoting equality and LGBTQ+ rights at
this year's annual Pride Parade. It is an exciting time for
Macra na Feirme and our members. We would also like
to acknowledge Massey Ferguson for supplying a tractor
which was rainbow wrapped for the occasion, and to
leading Irish trailer manufacturer, Lynch Trailers in Cork
for supplying a trailer for the day which was too rainbow
wrapped. To our knowledge, this is not just a first for Macra
na Feirme, but the first rainbow tractor and trailer to enter a
Pride Parade in the UK or Ireland."
Macra na Feirme were joined by recently elected MEP
for Midlands North-West Constituency Maria Walsh in
announcing the AXA partnership for Pride 2019. Maria is
an active member of the Three Lakes Club in Mayo and
said: "I am thrilled that Macra na Feirme are participating in
this year's Pride Parade. It sends a very important message
to LGBTQ+ young people in rural Ireland, that you are
welcome, included and celebrated in an organisation
like Macra na Feirme. I compliment and congratulate the
leadership of Macra na Feirme on taking the initiative to
participate this year, and hope that it is the first of many!".
Hugh O'Neill of AXA, Denis Duggan of Macra, Thomas Du y of Macra, Maria
Walsh MEP. T: +353 151 38996
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