Rubber slats should be included as TAMS welfare measure


The provision of rubber slats should be included as a qualifying measure under TAMS, according to Galway East TD Paul Connaughton, who said that such a measure would allow many small farmers across the west of Ireland to provide rubber slats for cattle, which would result in less lameness and better productivity.
‘I believe that the inclusion of rubber slats as an animal welfare measure under TAMS would make excellent sense. It would incentivise the provision of such slats, which have proven animal welfare benefits, which in turn results in better productivity for the farmer.
‘I know from speaking to industry representatives that large retailers in Britain now specify that the beef they buy must be from cattle housed on rubber, as opposed to concrete, slats. The inclusion of such a measure in TAMS would allow farmers in the west of Ireland to put plans in place for the provision of such slats and to reap the rewards in terms of animal welfare and productivity.
‘This is an issue that I have taken up with Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney and I will be urging him in coming weeks to include the provision of rubber slats under the TAMS scheme. Not alone would this benefit the cattle housed in sheds, but it would also benefit farm productivity and would aid job creation in many local businesses, such as Easy Fix in Ballinasloe, who provide rubber slats to farmers across the region.’