‘Vegan agenda’ and cuts adding to doomed outlook for beef farmers

first_imgThe Chair of the Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers’ Association in Donegal has issued a blunt warning to beef farmers who are facing a ‘doomed industry’.Price cuts, financial difficulties, veganism and global warming fears have all contributed to the crisis in Irish beef production, according to Malcolm Thompson, Chair of the Donegal ICSA.The Tirconaill Tribune reports that Mr Thompson is warning producers this winter to ‘get out before you lose your shirt because this industry is doomed.’ His warning for a drastic cut in numbers is based on the 33.5% increase in dairy cows in the county since 2010 and he says it is now a fact these numbers cannot be sustained as a profit-making model. In the past eight months alone it is estimated that factory prices for bullocks and heifers have fallen by €140 a head which has totally wrecked the income margins in the beef industry. Mr. Thompson said that with the industry facing a population of 1.5 million bull calves including 750,000 in the dairy sector, farmers fear that falling prices will cripple the industry and add to the debt mountain in the industry.Here in Donegal there are 20,568 dairy cows: up from 15,412 in 2010. Meanwhile the suckler cow numbers are 38,607 on 3,724 farm units. There are currently over 7.2 million cattle in Ireland and farm sources say these figures are not sustainable, even in the short term.  Mr. Thompson said that last year the worst of the dairy bull calves sold for as little as €5-10/ a head. With more calves likely to be on offer in early spring he believes that further cuts are inevitable.He also says the new fears about global warming are adding to the decline in beef consumption and the vegan agenda and the agenda of groups like ‘Extinction Rebellion’ have set an agenda that is ‘outrageous and dangerous’.Mr. Thompson says: “The bar has been set far too high for our level of emissions given our very small footprint on the planet. And government measures like carbon taxes are counterproductive to the situation because that is not the way to tackle the problem.“Why should the consumer be saddled with saving the planet when the polluters are causing the problems?“None of this agenda makes any sense, but then again someone has to pay the bureaucrats in  “Brussels that are dreaming up these plans and I do have real fears about where the EU is going as a real  project of positive progress.“Donegal farmers must take account of their losses because they have a heavy metal disease with far too much expensive machinery in their yards and not being used.”He said it no longer possible for any beef farmer to make a living and he believes that less than 2% of those involved are clearing their bank debts even when all EU subsidies are included.Mr Thompson continued: “At the same time the decline in farming is leading to rural depopulation and that is not good for the countryside. We need a new energy and a new way of finding new enterprises that will earn money. We must look at the organic route where the farmer controls their own destiny; cheese making, niche markets for produce and growing silage for the dairymen are a few of the alternative methods that should be considered.” He said that alternatives have to be found to save the sector: “There is no way that we can make money at €3.50 a kilogram and things are going to downhill because we have far too many beef cattle.“Perhaps the EU should be subsidising these farmers over a five year period to half their cattle stock. Perhaps the starting point could be a payment of €400 per cow being reduced from the herd.“At the same time the subsidy could be used for farmers to focus their skills on other ways of earning a living. “‘Vegan agenda’ and cuts adding to doomed outlook for beef farmers was last modified: October 31st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:beef farmersIrish Cattle & Sheep Farmers’ Associationlast_img read more

Sharks, Hurricanes share a trait that’s rare in NHL: fun

first_imgRALEIGH, N.C. — A shaved beard, a Wookie defenseman and a race to the glass. Together, the Sharks and the Carolina Hurricanes are breaking the NHL free of its chains.They call the NFL the “No Fun League”. The nickname could just as easily describe the NHL. For years, the NHL snuffed out the personality of its players, elevating the concept of team over individuals. It’s an idea that’s dripping with virtue, but too often produces cardboard characters and canned answers. Boring stuff for fans.Bu …last_img read more

Heroes’ welcome for Team South Africa

first_img14 August 2012 There was a hive of activity and a warm display of South African national pride at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International on Tuesday morning as crowds waving flags and blowing vuvuzelas welcomed the country’s Olympic heroes back from the London Games. In true South African style, the supporters broke out in song, singing the national anthem as they met the athletes, who stood in a line with their hands over their chests. Placards displaying messages such as “Welcome back home Team SA”, “Well done incredible rowers” and “Welcome back heroes” could be seen among the hundreds gathered at the airport. Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula Mbalula said there were no words to describe the joy that swept over the nation when Team SA members won medals at the highly contested Games. “Today, we are united … because of your deeds; you’ve inspired a nation and for what you’ve done, you will remain in the archives of history.” Mbalula said Olympic silver medallist Caster Semenya represented what a young African woman could achieve with determination and support. “[Semenya] represents a symbol of a courageous young woman … who toils out of difficulties to become a symbol of success and greatness.” The Limpopo-born runner said although she was somewhat disappointed with her achievement, she tried her best. “I am a little disappointed. At least we’ve won silver and I am now focusing on 2013’s world championship in Moscow,” said Semenya, who also promised South Africans that she would continue to make them proud. South Africa’s two silver medals came from flag bearer Semenya and swimmer Chad Le Clos (who also won gold), while canoeist Bridgitte Hartley won bronze. The three gold medals came from swimming sensations Cameron van der Burgh and Le Clos, and the rowing team comprising Sizwe Ndlovu, Matthew Brittain, James Thompson and John Smith. “When Cameron van der Burgh won the gold medal … South Africans reverberated with joy and blew their vuvuzela to the ears,” Mbalula said. “Even those who were far away could hear that South Africa had arrived.” Le Clos snatched the gold medal from United States swimming legend Michael Phelps in the 200m butterfly, before winning silver behind Phelps in the 100m butterfly. South African stalwart Winnie Madikezela-Mandela was among the South Africans who came to the airport to give the Olympic team a warm welcome. Popular Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana supporter Mukwevho said: “I am here to give our heroes a warm welcome because I’m satisfied with their performance. With their performance, I am quite certain that we will do better in the upcoming Olympic Games.” His views were echoed by another well-known football supporter, Sadam Maake. “These athletes made us proud and as a result of their performance, we are well-known the world over, so they deserve a heroes’ welcome.” The team’s chef de Mission, Patience Shikwambane, said: “We’ve done very well as Team SA at the London Olympics compared to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where we were ranked 71 and now we are leaders in Africa. “To the athletes, you are world champions and you must not start to walk tall. You need to stay humble … You are what you are because of the support you received from the nation, family and friends. To the medallists, we salute you. You’ve made us proud.” SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) president Gideon Sam, who had set a target of 12 medals for Team SA, gave the Olympians hearty congratulations. “I am 100 percent satisfied with the performance and what we’ve achieved. We set the target precisely because we wanted to work towards something. “We tried our best, and in the coming weeks I will give the medallists a programme in preparation for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.” The government also joined in congratulating Team SA. “We join the multitudes of sport enthusiasts in congratulating our athletes for their best performance and grit at the games,” said government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi. “Team SA has emerged as shining stars and are now exemplary to those who want to achieve greatness. Government hopes that these achievements will inspire our local youth to follow in their steps and realise South Africa’s dream.” The medallists were also thanked with monetary rewards. Le Clos received R600 000 for winning gold and silver, while his coach Graham Hill, who was not present to receive the dummy cheque, got R150 000. Van der Burgh got R400 000 and his coach received R100 000. The four members of the rowing team each received R100 000, while Semenya pocketed R200 000 and her coach Maria Mutola got R50 000. Hartley took home R80 000. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

South African app connects job seekers with employment opportunities

first_imgBountly is a local recruitment website designed to service job creation, through incorporating social media elements and the current peer-to-peer economy trend revolutionised by companies such as Uber and Airbnb.Bountly is a South African online platform aimed at helping to solve the unemployment crisis in South Africa by enabling job seekers to establish a trustworthy authority for themselves in the local freelancer marketplace. (Image: Bountly)A beta version of the site was launched in January 2018, focused primarily on job opportunities in the Western Cape. But the site creators hope to provide connections for job seekers in other major centres in the next six months.Bountly connects job seekers, students and people looking for a second income with part-time employment. The vacancies cover a wide variety of jobs, including office administration, dog walking, maintenance work and manufacturing. The site allows interested parties to register and create a CV profile online. Visitors can register to search for potential employees or to place job ads.Job seekers can apply for jobs on the site, or await new opportunities that fit their skillsets.  Registered users are notified about potential job openings, safely connected with the job offering and when the job is completed, are paid through the site’s secure payment portal.Both applicants and work providers can be star-rated, which builds their individual credibility and performance ranking, much like the way Uber rates both drivers and passengers. The ultimate aim for the website designers is to create a vast network of connections countrywide.The website is a collaboration between software engineer Michael Whelehan, public relations expert Carly Jack and entrepreneur Simon Telian.“We want to [be able to] give people equal opportunity, and [give them] a marketplace to create an authority in their chosen profession,” Whelehan told The South African news website.Bountly wants to become the leading South African solution to reliable online recruitment, an area often prone to inconsistent gatekeeping and exploitation of job seekers. The website is free to use for registered users and no services or money is exchanged until all parties and opportunities are verified.“We want to create trust in the workplace, while giving our users the competitive edge,” says Telian, a veteran of several successful entrepreneurial endeavours in South Africa, Germany and Switzerland.While the focus of the website is on temporary, small-scale employment opportunities, the team believe that proper management of a thriving but under-utilised informal job market in South Africa is one of the country’s greatest assets in helping to solve the employment challenges.“Bountly targets the grey area, the undefined and task-related work roles, of which there is an abundance in South Africa,” Jack told The South African.For more information, visit the Bountly website and connect with those behind the idea on LinkedIn and Facebook.Source: The South African website, BountlyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Agriculture Department raids Shetkari Sanghatana leader’s house

first_imgA day after a Shetkari Sanghatana (SS) leader in Akola district of Maharashtra planted illegal Genetically Modified (GM) seeds, the officers from Agriculture Department on Tuesday searched his house and collected the seed samples to be sent to the testing. Hundreds of farmers on Monday had joined in what they termed as the ‘civil disobedience’ movement, to protest central government’s indecisiveness in approving the next generation of GM cotton, as farmer leader Lalit Patil-Bahale sowed seeds of the illegal herbicide tolerant (HT) Bt cotton and Bt Brinjal, in his field in Akoli Jahangir in Akola’s Akot tehsil.The open defiance of law was organised by SS, a farmers’ organisation which has been an advocate of open market in the field of agriculture.“Today, the officials from the Agriculture department visited my house and seized samples of seeds which were sown yesterday. I had openly announced that we will be breaking the law and was ready for any type of repercussions,” said Mr Patil-Bahale.He said that the officials told him that samples will be sent for tests to determine whether it was really a banned HTBt cotton seed. “If they had decided to wait to test on cotton crop, then they would have had to wait for two months. It seems they were in a hurry,” he said. Akola district collector Jitendra Papalkar told The Hindu that the farmers’ body has committed an illegal act. “We have sent a team of agriculture officers and will be seeking the report from them, following which necessary action would be taken,” he said.Breaking law by planting unapproved GM seed may attract imprisonment of up to five years and monetary fine worth ₹1 lakh.The anti-GM crop activists too had termed the action by SS as one similar to bio-terrorism, risking the lives of future generations.last_img read more