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    CountryWide Saturday 24 January 2015

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    WHEN IS PORK IRISH AND WHEN IS IT ...SOMETHING ELSE

    Recently, we saw a well known ham proclaiming "Made in Co Wicklow"- what does that mean? Louise Denvir went and asked shoppers what they made of all the labelling of pork. Following on from this Damien talked to Joe O’Connor, commercial Director of  Truly Irish, and to John Hickey, the Chief Executive of Craft Butchers of Ireland. What came out is that new labelling is coming down the tracks to make it clear where actual meat is coming from, not just where it is processed. While Ireland produces lots of pork, there are good reasons why some pork meat is imported at certain times of year for certain types of processed meats.

    Truly Irish
    Unit 1,Block D,
    Desmond Business Park,Newcastle West,Co.Limerick
    Telephone: 069 78339 / 78334
    Web:www.trulyirish.ie

    Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland
    Research Office 1, Ashtown Food Research Centre, Teagasc, Ashtown, Dublin 15 | Tel: 01-8682820
    Mail:info@craftbutchers.ie
    Web: www.craftbutchers.ie/

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    NO POISON HERE PLEASE WE'RE RATS

     

    Eanna Ni Lamhna is one of Ireland's best known naturalists, a former Chair of An Taisce and regular on Mooney Goes Wild. Amongst other things she is press officer for CRRU -The campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use, and the latest in poison free ways to dispose of your unwanted rodents is the Smart Trap. Let your mobile phone tell you if you've caught something! The use of rodenticides (rat poison) has big knock on effects on birds of prey, stoats and other natural predators.

    CRRU Web: www.thinkwildlife.org

    And for your Smart Trap - check out  contact@traptec.eu 

    Tel:01 459 9143 

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    FACTOR THIS IN

    Peadar in action on TG4

    Peadar O'Scanaill is one of the judges on tg4's Clann Feirm Factor, and one of the country's foremost vets. A busy time of year for vets as well, with calving underway, lambing about to kick off in earnest and the stallions about to do their stuff. So, a tough judge to impress (in the first official language)

    The Rath, Ashbourne, Co MeathTel : 018 351900 

    Veterinary Ireland : www.veterinaryireland.ie

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    AND THEN THERE WERE 5

    The latest farming organisation to be formed was born out of the Hill Farmers for Action group, formed last year to fight for a better a deal on commonages and access to GLAS. Damien headed to meet Sligo sheep farmer, Colm O'Donnell, who is caretaker leader of the as yet un-named grouping, bringing the total number of national farmer organisations to 5.

    Mr O'Donnell recently  resigned his position as the IFA's national rural development chairman, as part of preparations for set up of the new group.

    Colm O'Donnell reads aloud a letter to An Taoiseach on behalf of hill sheep farmers who staged a protest outside Enda Kenny's constituency office in Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photo: Michael McLaughlin

    Full contact details for the organisation will be with us in the coming week. 

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    DO YOU WANT YOUR CHIPS FRIED OR MODIFIED?

    After many years of talking about GMO ( Genetically Modified Organisms) the responsibility is to pass from the EU centrally back to national Governments. Suzanne Campbell headed down to Teagasc in Oak Park,Carlow to see their GMO blight resistant potato, which may be with us soon. At present only GM maize is legally grown in Europe, under the regulations, but all that may change very soon.

    Teagasc, Oak Park, Carlow,
    Tel: 059 917 0200
    Email:info@teagasc.ie
    Web: www.teagasc.ie

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