Farmers are facing significantly more onerous farm audits from 2024 onwards as Bord Bia overhauls its quality assurance schemes.

The Irish Farmers Journal is reporting that the new animal welfare checks are to be carried out during audits, where cattle will be inspected on farm for flightiness, coat condition and behaviour.

A new digital sustainability platform, developed with Teagasc and the ICBF (Irish Cattle Breeding Federation), will see farmers having to draw up a sustainability action plan every 18 months listing measures they can take to reduce emissions.

The inspection changes are expected to be signed off by stakeholders, including farm organisations, at the end of this year.

Catriona Morrissey is the News Editor with the Farmers Journal and she’s been telling Midwest News more about the impact of the new Bord Bia audits on farms…



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