ICSA’s Hugh Farrell: wormer regs will be “devastation to a lot of farmers”

Hugh Farrell is the ICSA chair of the Animal Health & Welfare Committee

The Department of Agriculture is planning to introduce strict regulations on the sale of animal medicines in Ireland. Under the new regulations, farmers will require a veterinary prescription to purchase certain medicines, including the majority of fluke and worm treatments. The Department says these steps are necessary to curb a rising incidence of anthelmintic resistance on Irish farms, but farming groups argue that ordinary farmers will be the big losers if regulations are introduced. This week, Hugh Farrell of the The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association (ICSA) joined Micheál Geoghegan of Agridirect.ie to discuss the issue. You can listen to the full interview below.