As part of its Farm to Fork strategy, the European Commission is inviting public feedback on farm animal welfare legislation, including live transport and calf welfare.

“Citizens, experts and stakeholders are invited to give their feedback, by 29 July, on the roadmap to help defining the further details of the Fitness Check,” a Commission statement reads.

The strategy also outlines a cut to pesticide use and a push for more organic farms across the EU.

Roughly 200,000 dairy-bred calves are exported from Ireland every year, mainly over the spring calving period. Large numbers of bulls are exported to countries including Turkey, and many farmers feel that this export trade and the transport of calves to Europe helps to keep beef prices competitive on the island.

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