12% Fewer Cattle Replacements Tags Sold In 2018.
There were almost 12 percent fewer cattle replacements tags sold in 2018 compared with 2016, according to official figures obtained from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA). While there were 219,816 replacement tags sold in 2016 and 214,724 sold in 2017, this decreased to 193,903 in 2018 – a 26,000 reduction. These figures can mean a substantial cost saving for the industry – the Ulster Farmers Union (UFU) has calculated the average cost of replacing lost tags at £3.25 plus VAT. The figures also illustrate a reduction in the frustration and labour involved in herding out animals for re-tagging.
Farmer evidence for this reduction, points to improved retention of ear tags due to superior design, and more robust tags that have become available in recent years. For example, the market leader, the Caisley tag, is made from a new polymer plastic and boasts a 99% retention rate illustrating that this market leading retention has contributed greatly to the decreased sales.
Caisley tags first became the 'tag of choice' in 2016 when their ultra efficient BVD tag hit the market and enabled many farmers to identify BVD infected calves accurately shortly after birth, thus preventing them from remaining on the farm and infecting other animals. The simple design, easy to use applicator and automatically sealed sample vial provides easy and accurate detection of infected animals.
This success led to increased interest in cattle identification tags and experience has highlighted their 99% retention rate as a major factor in their popularity. A cleanly punched hole in the ear tissue allows free and frictionless tag rotation throughout the animals lifetime and reduces the need for so many replacements. Indeed it is this success that has prompted the manufacturers of Caisley tags to award an exclusive contract for their products to a Northern Ireland distributor, after a comprehensive supplier evaluation which included an analysis of customer service, production efficiency and routes to market.
Farmer comments regarding this contract have indicated that it provides an additional bonus in the availability of the tags and the service provided with them. Tags can be printed while you wait at various centres throughout Northern Ireland. In addition farmers can phone their requirements and have a next day delivery to the farm, mart or whatever venue they choose. The tags are supplied in a single strip of four for each animal, which speeds up tagging and removes the risk of inserting non matching tags.
One farmer commented “ While the cost of replacing tags is annoying when you have already paid for them, the inconvenience of having to segregate one or two animals from the herd for this single task is time consuming and frustrating. If you complete a task you do not expect to have to repeat it at a later date. When you count the time and help needed to segregate an animal and secure it for re-tagging, especially if it happens to be on an out farm or rented ground, it is both frustrating and costly, never mind the additional paperwork involved.”
Another farmer interviewed said “If you can plan and allocate a time for re-tagging, it relieves some of the stress, but if the animal concerned is due to go to the mart for sale, or to the meat plant, and even more important you have a quality assurance inspection coming up, then the pressure is on and the job has to be done, whether it suits your time schedule or the help available. A robustly designed tag with a very high retention rate can save both time and money.”
5 reasons to love milk today on #worldmilkday
1. Load up
Milk is a great source of vitamins B2, B5 and B12. Milk helps to give our body energy, reduce tiredness and encourages a healthy immune system.
2. Brain food
Milk gives you brains! Well, what we mean is that milk is rich in Iodine and this helps brain function. Your memory is better and so too is your concentration levels.
3. Under Pressure
Milk is a good source of Potassium which helps to maintain healthy blood pressure.
4. Do you even lift Bro?
Protein-rich milk is important to all of us, not just Arnie wannabes! It helps to provide our muscles with the protein needed to keep our muscles functioning. Plus remember that old saying "milk strengthens your bones?" well, that's absolutely true, phosphorous found in milk helps our skeletal system providing our bones with everything they need for optimum health.
5. Get rich
Milk is nutrient rich and consuming milk is the most efficient and beneficial way to get the right nutrients our body needs. If you were to split the nutrients up and try to consume them as supplements on their own they would be less effective (and way more hassle and expensive) than just having some milk!
So, who would have known how amazing and essential milk is? We at Countryside Services are super proud to be supporting our local Dairy Farmers.
Let's raise a glass (of milk) to the hard working Farmers of Northern Ireland!
DAERA announced today (14th February 2018) that 2,996 applications have been received from farmers and growers to Tranche 2 of Tier 1 of Farm Business Improvement Scheme–Capital (FBIS-C), which closed for applications on Friday 2 February 2018.
All the applications received are now being assessed against the scheme’s eligibility requirements. Eligible applications will be ranked according to the scheme’s selection criteria and Letters of Offer will be issued to the highest scoring applications, subject to confirmation of budget availability.
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Farm Business Improvement Scheme Tier 1 Tranche 2 will reopen for applications on 4th January 2018 and will close at 4pm on 2nd February 2018.
Further details to be announced on the 11th December so keep an eye out both here and on our Facebook page for more updates!
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The BVD PI Removal Incentivisation Scheme which will be delivered in partnership between AHWNI and the LMC opened for claims on 8 February 2017. The Incentivisation Scheme aims to encourage farmers to dispose of BVD infected calves as soon as possible. Read More
The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs is giving farmers and growers more time to submit Tier 2 applications for the Farm Business Improvement Scheme – Capital.
Recognising that Tier 2 applications will be for larger-scale transformational projects that require some time and commitment to complete, the closing date for Tier 2 applications has been extended to 4.00pm on 10 March 2017.
Countryside Services are responsible for the delivery of a range of service contracts targeting support to rural businesses including the FBIS.
FBIS is a package of measures aimed at improving the competitiveness and sustainability of the farming sector. FBIS is an important part of the Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014 to 2020 and is being rolled out in a phased way. The first phase of the FBIS is already underway with the launch of Business Development Groups and Farm Family Key Skills, which will make advice and support available to help farmers clearly identify their needs and make the right decisions about developing their business. The FBIS Capital Scheme opened on 31 October 2016.
Countryside Livestock ID will be attending the 2016 Farm Machinery Show in the Ecclesville Centre, Fintona on 26th, 27th & 28th January.
You will find the Countryside team on stand 508 with the latest in BVD tags and information on the new compulsory phase of the NI BVD Eradication Programme which is intended to start on 1st March 2016.
Karen Rainey has recently joined Countryside Services to offer a management accounting service to small and medium sized businesses. She has over 16 year’s experience in the Agri-Food industry, having spent 15 years with Moy Park and a further year with Monaghan Mushrooms. Karen is CIMA qualified and has extensive experience in measuring business performance. Within her skill set is detailed product and service costing, the provision of regular management accounts, supporting decision-making, budgeting, forecasting, overhead and cost reduction projects, monitoring profitability as well as establishing processes and systems.
Up to now, management accounting has been a vital tool used by larger organisations but the same techniques can be applied to any business in order to achieve growth or improve the quality of information available to smaller businesses. Karen has a professional approach dedicated to developing your business potential.
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