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Farm record bureaucracy 'adds to grief of families' in Northern Ireland

By Rachel Martin

Grieving farming families face "entirely unnecessary bureaucracy" in transferring the Department of Agriculture's records of their farms, the Ulster Farmers Union has warned.

Stockmen who die leave their families having to set up a new farm ID, herd number and flock number under current inheritance policies.

UFU deputy president Victor Chestnutt said the policy "forces bereaved families to go through the process of setting up new business IDs, herd and flock numbers".

The UFU said this created many problems for families already going through difficult times.

He added: "Many of these herd and flock numbers have been in existence for a long time.

"They are linked with industry programmes such as Farm Quality Assurance and disease eradication schemes. These rely on accurate and reliable data being transferred so that the value and the health status of the livestock on these farms can be maintained."

Mr Chestnutt said it was time for the Department to "see sense".

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