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    Protest Against Live Animal Exports

    Protest Against Live Animal Exports

    Another live shipment of 3,000 weanlings were exported to Libya last week. This follows a similar shipment of young bulls to North Africa in February. Ireland also exports calves to destinations in Europe including Spain and Italy. While farmers welcome this competition in the cattle trade, the national animal rights association don’t. They call the live export trade shocking and disgusting and they blame the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney and protested outside his department on Tuesday for allowing the re-opening of the live trade with Libya. We asked the department of agriculture to provide a spokesman but they declined. ...

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/countrywide/programmes/2013/0420/383481-countrywide-saturday-20-april-2013/?clipid=1057898
    The Importance of Beef & Sheep Farming to the Irish Economy

    The Importance of Beef & Sheep Farming to the Irish Economy

    Did you know that there are 6.6 million cattle and 4.8 million sheep in Ireland. Beef and sheep holdings account for two out of every three farms in the country. This prompted the IFA to commission Alan Renwick Professor of Agriculture and Food economics in UCD to put together a report on the importance of beef and sheep farming to the Irish economy. What he found is that they employ 100,000 full time jobs, they operate in areas where no other farming type would be viable. Overall it’s a five billion euro sector with a strong multiplier effect. This means ...

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/countrywide/programmes/2013/0420/383481-countrywide-saturday-20-april-2013/?clipid=1057912

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