Farmer concerns about grain, driver testing

The IFA Grain Chairman Mark Browne has called today on feed compounders to label feed with the exact percentage of ingredients, and whether it’s Irish or imported.

The farming official says compounders have switched back to using high-quality Irish grain this year, something he described as a welcome move as the price of imported GM maize increased.

He went on to add that under statutory rules, all compound feed should, at a minimum, include a list of all the main constituents. The name of each feed material should be displayed in descending order by weight, and that these labelling requirements are also an integral condition of the Bord Bia livestock and feed assurance schemes.


Driver testing

As further covid restrictions are eased today The IFA Farm Business Chair Rose Mary McDonagh has called on the Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan to urgently increase the testing capacity for the Driver Theory Test.

The call comes as the Road Safety Authority (RSA) has announced that it is capable of providing only 4,000 online tests per month using an online ProProctor platform.

The RSA has reported a backlog of over 100,000 of people waiting to take the Driver Theory Test.

Rose Mary McDonagh has expressed serious concern that the online platform is not compatible with mobile phones, tablets or Mac.

In order to use the platform, a candidate must have access to a PC with Windows 8 or above and have an adequate internet connection.