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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Transition period for vet prescription rules extended

The DAFM has announced an extension of the transition period for the new vet prescription rules, which were due to come into effect on December 1st, 2022.

The rules relate to the implementation of a requirement for a veterinary prescription to dispense anti-parasitic medicines and mandatory electronic prescriptions.

According to a DAFM spokesperson, the extension is in place for the current deferral for the requirement for a veterinary prescription for antiparasitic products and the introduction of the new electronic National Veterinary Prescription System (NVPS) until the legislative process in the Oireachtas regarding the Veterinary Medicinal Products Medicated Feed and Fertilisers Regulation Bill has been completed.

The DAFM confirmed that it will announce an implementation date once the legislative process is finalised.

Sale of creosote banned from spring 2023

In other new regulations concerning the marketing and sale of creosote products and creosote-treated timber are on the horizon, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has confirmed.

April 30th, 2023, will be the last date for placing on the market and sale of timber treated with creosote, except for railway sleepers and telecommunication poles.

Stocks of creosote-treated timber not sold by this date may be subject to destruction as hazardous waste or subject to re-export outside of the EU, the DAFM has stated.

However, there is a period of grace before this:

  • December 31st, 2022– Final sell-out at retail level of containers of creosote products. By this date, stores, merchants and importers must ensure that all stocks of creosote product are sold to professional end-users or else returned to their supplier;
  • February 28th, 2023– Final date for professional users to use creosote products for the treatment of fencing;
  • April 30th, 2023– As outlined.

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