Tipperary farm leader calls for action on veterinary medicines regulations

Tipperary farm leader calls for action on veterinary medicines regulations

Tipperary ICMSA president Pat McCormack has called for action on veterinary medicines regulations

The president of ICMSA has called on Minister McConalogue to intervene and “radically revise” the implementation of the new veterinary medicine regulations scheduled to be introduced next January.

Tipperary Town farmer Pat McCormack said that farmer concerns around the cost, efficiency and administrative workload of the new regulations are growing daily and are very well justified.

“We have to say that this looks very like another case of bureaucrats - who have no practical experience of looking after animal health - telling both the farmers who own the animals, and the vets who treat the animals, what they’re doing wrong,” he said.

Mr McCormack said that he wanted to be fair to the civil servants who drew up these regulations and and that they obviously meant well. But the net effect of these new regulations will make it more difficult for farmers to access and assess veterinary medicines in a timely and cost-efficient manner.

“Surely, we should be working towards that end,” said Mr McCormack.

He said that there was a bigger problem and it was time that the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine understood it.

“The answer to every problem or perceived problem is not to load more form-filling and bureaucracy on the farmers who already have the least time to do it. The answer to every perceived problem can’t be to just pass along a financial cost and a bureaucratic obligation to the same group already buckling under financial costs and bureaucratic obligations.

“The Minister must demand that that stops being the default answer to every problem that the Department wants to address. The new regulations will not improve the situation, they are not even neutral; they’ll actually make it worse and the Minister must immediately intervene and ensure that common sense prevails," said Mr McCormack.

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