Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1379)

Éamon Ó Cuív


1379. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to ensure that the board of an organisation (details supplied) is more representative of the suckler cow breeder in view of the role of the organisation in the determining of star ratings under the beef data and genomics programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34908/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Irish Cattle Breeding Federation Society Ltd is registered with the Companies Registration Office in Dublin under Registration Number 4914R, through the Industrial and Provident Societies Acts, 1893 to 1978. The ICBF has registered offices at Highfield House, Shinagh, Bandon, Co Cork.

The Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) is a not for profit co-operative established by shareholders to improve cattle breeding in Ireland. A full list of the current ICBF shareholders can be found at the following link

The ICBF board includes representatives of farm bodies, breed societies, AI and Milk Recording Organisations, and my Department.

The management of ICBF is the responsibility of its Board, which is broadly representative of all sectors of the Irish livestock industry. Matters pertaining to corporate governance at the ICBF are determined by their own procedures and also in accordance with the rules of the Companies Registration Office. Under the relevant regulations, as Minister for Agriculture, I may make one appointment to the board at any given time. However, neither I nor my Department have any role in determining the overall composition of the board of ICBF.