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1st June, 2020

COVID-19 will place a value on food security in the future from our beef and dairy farms.

The current outbreak panning into a pandemic globally associated with COVID-19 has shown the implications of failure to place monetary value on excellence in supply chain in food production in Ireland.

  • In the UK it has been shown that food security has resulted in a situation where by supply chain has a three day window in terms of adequate food supply to the situation of hunger.
  • The current COVID-19 transfer is a virus from the animal kingdom to the human kingdom, it is associated with unsatisfactory food production systems from the animal kingdom. The consumer needs to be made aware of the importance of preventative health management programs implied in food production systems in Ireland.

However from a production perspective there are limitations in terms of the scale of operation at farm level to achieve the standards required to maintain herd health status to a desired standard.