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Government could be sacrificing farm viability for oil industry – Naughten

In Agriculture, Environment, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has claimed the Government could be sacrificing family farm viability to support the oil industry by continuing to issue oil exploration licences. “While there has been much talk by Government on the need for agriculture to change to meet the climate challenge, it seems that it is not prepared to act on its own advice when it …

Minister admits grading machines can be more accurate – Naughten

In Agriculture, News by Denis Naughten

Yet getting it wrong on over 4 out of 10 cattle is ok?   The Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed TD has written to Denis Naughten pointing out that the figures on the accuracy of beef grading machines at Departmental inspections can be as high as 94.8% for fat cover, a full 10% higher than first disclosed. Denis Naughten has …

Naughten tells Dáil grading machines getting it wrong on over 4 out of 10 cattle

In Agriculture, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has called for the replacement of outdated beef grading machines after he told Dáil Éireann that “on 38 occasions the grading machines were getting the grades wrong for more than four out of every ten animals that were being graded”. He pointed out that the legal tolerance limit set for beef grading machines currently in use in …

Naughten urges submissions to Dáil review of Beef sector

In Agriculture, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD is encouraging farmers and farm representatives to respond to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine invitation for written submissions on the future of the beef sector.   “The objective of the Committee’s consideration of this topic is to identify the policy adjustments which are required to ensure that the beef sector continues to …

Beef famers could be losing €140/head on defective grading – Naughten

In Agriculture, News by Denis Naughten

Beef farmers could be losing €140 plus per animal due to defective grading machines in meat plants across the country claims Roscommon Galway TD Denis Naughten. Over the last two years, 21 mechanical beef grading machines were found not to be grading correctly and the Department of Agriculture instructed that they be replaced with manual grading of carcasses. However there …

We need a ‘Kerrygold’ brand for our beef – Naughten

In Agriculture, News by Denis Naughten

https://youtu.be/NHa03JIha6s Bord Bia plan for promoting Suckler Beef welcome development   Speaking on the emergency Brexit law in the Dáil last week, Denis Naughten called for the establishment of a distinctive Irish brand for “certified grass-fed, extensively reared suckler beef” from Ireland that could command a premium price on key world markets. Denis Naughten highlighted the need to explore the …

Naughten welcomes meeting to progress cattle exports

In Agriculture, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten has welcomed the meeting today between the Department of Agriculture and the Live Calf Exporters to provide a practical solution to the lack of sufficient export facilities for calves at the Port of Cherbourg, France.   This meeting has happened on foot of my request to the Taoiseach to intervene in this situation 10 days ago.   “At …

Naughten seeks Taoiseach’s intervention to assist cattle exports

In Agriculture, News, Video by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten has called on the Taoiseach to ensure an urgent meeting of key players is convened to provide a practical solution to the lack of sufficient export facilities for calves at the Port of Cherbourg, France. Speaking in Dáil Éireann, this afternoon (Tuesday) Denis Naughten said: “If we don’t take dairy calves out of our beef production system then …

21 beef grading machines shut down on unannounced inspections – Naughten

In Agriculture, News by Denis Naughten

In the last two years Department of Agriculture inspectors found 21 beef grading machines to be working outside the rules set out for their operation and not providing accurate grading of animals, Denis Naughten TD has disclosed following a Dáil reply. “In 2018, following unannounced inspections, eight grading machines were found to be working outside of the allowed tolerance and …

Naughten welcomes FBD move to cover farmers clearing roads during severe weather

In Agriculture, East Galway, East-Roscommon, Infrastructure, Local Issues, Mid-Roscommon, News, North-Roscommon, South Roscommon, West-Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has welcomed the statement by FBD Insurance that its agricultural motor product provides insurance protection cover for farmers who respond to local emergency situations. This includes clearing snow from local road networks and entrances to private dwellings as seen during Storm Emma. “This is a welcome development and comes on top of an assurance I secured …