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IRELAND’S BEST-SELLING NEWSPAPER Tuesday, January 12, 2021 C €2.20 (£1.50 in Northern Ireland) P24-27 Tuesday, January 12, 2021 E-mail: farming@ independe be sitting ducks for the virus,” he said. FARMER “Farmers S are “sitting that decide ducks” not to for Covid-19 takeitare only infection contribut because ing to the of the level downfall of underlyin of their own g life-s health issues tyle.” in the farming commun ity, a rural-based However , GP has Dr Casey warned. added that farmers are And “really concerns practical are also rising people” and in the he expects farming they commun will lead the ity about way in terms continued of vaccine Departm ent of uptake. Agricultu Professor re farm Sam inspectio McConke ns, with y, farm aninfect leadious ers claiming diseases some specialist at inspector the s are Royal breaching College of the Covid Surgeons health , said that and safety while guideline manyfarm s on erswere masks and vulnerabl social e to Covid- distancin 19 due to g. their age profile, Dr Derek the farming Casey, commun who runs ity has some a practice advantag in in es Waterford the battle , told the against the Farming virus. has seen “Farmers more ‘Covid work positives’ outside, and in the last they are often five days than fairly fit and in the are previous used to five months. physical work,” he He said said. “Farmers the surge also underline understan s the impord infection . tance of They an understan efficient d the roll-out importan of the Covid-19 ce of not mixvaccine, ing sick animals particular ly among with healthya the farming nimals. comThey munity. understan d that need for physical distancin g. ” “A lot Some 77pc of my patients of farmers here in are Cappoqu prepared in to take the arefarme Covid-19 rs. They areofan vaccine older when the generatio vaccinati n, on most of them programm have e begins in high blood the wider pressure, commun a lot ity, will have according heart trouble to a recent and some Red C poll. have diabetes. The IFAand ICMSAa re both urging their “A lot of these members , farmers particular are ly elderly walking farmers, to around take taking the vaccine six or seven as soon different as it medicatio becomes ns. For available. them not to takeavac cine means theywou ld As the Mother and Baby Homes report is published this week, we tell the harrowin of g stories survivors who were boarded out to farms from Church-run institutio ns in the 1950s and ’60s. Special report: pages 7-13 Recommende­d retail price of the Irish Independen­t in ROI is €2.20 (£1.50 in Northern Ireland) Irish Independen­t Vol. 130 No. 10 PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW Commen t Property Forestry logjam 2020 Price is now bordering Survey: Values on a national hold despite fiasco decline in sales Darragh volumes Jim McCullou gh, P5 O’Brien, Farmers are ‘sitting ducks’ for Covid- 19, warns medic And farm leaders demand a halt to inspection s as farmers claim inspectors are flouting guidelines Ciaran Moran Ringside Arewebre eding the wrong type of cattle for the market? Martin Coughlan , Pages 16- 17 ANewYe ar’s pick-up 2021 motoring options for farmers Pages 22- 23 Farmed out Independ ent he Read more: page 4