Articles tagged Damien O'Connor

Damien O’Connor says some farmers are continuing to risk biosecurity in the wake of the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. He also backs the idea of an EQC-style levy on farmers. Thomas Coughlan reports

The Government plans to eradicate mycoplasma bovis over 10 years, but will start by allowing mass stock movements from Friday that rely on a discredited tracking system, Thomas Coughlan reports.

Ahead of today’s crucial Cabinet decision about the Mycoplasma bovis response, David Williams argues that MPI has a huge job ahead – to regain farmers’ trust.

It’s far from clear that the Government’s dairy industry review announced this week will really get to grips with the sector’s opportunities and challenges, let alone recommend legislative and policy change that will help it with its next great phase of development.