Ireland: Delay in issuing of blue cards clogging up busiest months

Cow Milk
Regulation & Compliances
Published Feb 24, 2024

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The Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association (ICMSA) has expressed concern over the delay in issuing calf 'blue cards' due to slow genotyping turnaround times, which is adding to farmers' workloads during their busiest period. While the ICMSA welcomed the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation's decision to make changes to address the delays, it raised concerns about the time taken for postage of samples to labs. The association's deputy president, Eamon Carroll, has called for the calf's passport to be issued within five days of registering the calf, instead of the current 10 days.
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The delay in the issuing of calf ‘blue cards’ as a result of slow turnaround times on genotyping is “clogging-up” farmers’ workloads during what, for many of them, is the busiest period of the year. That’s according to the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association (ICMSA), whose deputy president, Eamon Carroll, expressed concern about the turnaround time. While he welcomed the decision by the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF), which collects and processes the genetic samples of calves, to make changes to offset the delays, Carrol said that, in addition to the time spent in the lab, farmers are still concerned about the postage time in getting the samples to the labs. “February is probably the busiest month on dairy farms, followed by March, and farmers, depending on their system of production, need to move calves as soon as they are fit for sale. “Delays in issuing blue cards are simply not acceptable and is heaping work on already flat-out farmers,” Carroll added. The ...
Source: AgriLand
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