Fantastic subscription team up between The Countryman’s Weekly and Countryside Alliance
There is a fantastic new subscription offer The Countryman’s Weekly is launching alongside the Countryside Alliance (please see PDF attached). This is probably most appropriate for our members in Northern Ireland. Both CMW and CA have been staunch supporters of the federation since the beginning.
Please feel free to share this with any friends or colleagues you think may benefit from it.
Click here for the PDF. The Countryman’s Weekly and CA offerCommittee Updates. (22nd January 2017)
Westmeath Working Terrier Club Working Dog Show 2017.
Planning for the Westmeath WTC show is underway and members wishing to attend should start to make arrangements as soon as possible. Demand for accommodation is high and local venues were sold out within 30 minutes of the shows announcement.
This year the Judges selected continue the high standard we have grown to expect. In the terrier ring for example names like Roberts, Cocker, Park, Cashmore and Morgan are at the top of this sport.
You can download the Show poster here moate-poster-2017-01Committee Updates. (21st December 2016)
Christmas best wishes from the Federation to everyone who works terriers. Have a great holiday and happy new year.Committee Updates. (30th November 2016)
F.A.C.E. organisation in Europe.
Another year and a fresh application for membership to F.A.C.E. Ireland has been submitted. This is important at many levels but at its core it is the coming together of very different hunting groups on this island.
F.A.C.E Ireland has direct links with their partners in F.A.C.E Europe (The European Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conversation) and contribute and benefit from this arrangement. For more information click on the link below.
We will update with any progress made in the coming weeks.Committee Updates. (29th October 2016)
Working terriers tails – Reason prevails.
Over the last couple of months the committee have worked in the background to put the case for working terriers and the need to dock the tails of certain strains for the welfare of our dogs. We now feel more upbeat that the approach that Veterinary Ireland had chosen to champion was seen as the cynical and unprofessional stance of an Animal Rights faction.
The federation have always believed that the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine (DAFM) hold a balanced approach to the welfare of all animals under its control. We feel confident that this approach will continue in the years ahead.
After the announcement from the Scottish Government to reverse the 10 year old ban on the docking of working dogs tails, the committee felt the tide turn on the influence that the animal rights groups have held for too long. Hopefully it will not be too long before the ban on hunting in the UK is repealed and animal rights groups are exposed for the extremists that they are.
There is now a consistent approach to this issue for working dogs across the 4 jurisdictions on these islands. A few details still need to be worked out by terriermen in Scotland but we know they will press forward and they will prevail.
We will keep you updated as events continue to develop.Committee Updates. (16th September 2016)
Veterinary Ireland – (argumentum ad ignorantiam )
Veterinary Ireland refer to an “Expert Group” report that they believe supports their political campaign to control animal treatment in Ireland. Take a look at the report below.
The misuse of the tag “Expert” is strange in relation to this panel. Veterinary Ireland stopped training students in the procedure for tail docking years ago. They also know absolutely nothing about working dogs as is evident from the report. It is hard to imagine what part of this process they are “expert” in. This is an argument from ignorance, it lacks basic scientific principles. It is embarrassing to the profession.
One of the main activists on this group is a Mr. Alan Rossiter. Take a look at his comments below to a news article. This makes it clear that Veterinarians “Will not dock a working dogs tail” even if it is legal and necessary for the welfare of the animal. It is obvious to rural Ireland that activists like Alan Rossiter are only beginning their campaign with dogs, Next on the agenda will be Lambs and Pigs. The Farming community are starting to come to terms with this east coast, urbanite, skinny latte drinking, vets for pets guild. These activists are bringing the profession of veterinary medicine into disrepute.
Lets be clear, they do not want to do it and we do not want them to do it. It may be time to distance the rural community from a profession that has been taken over by a small clique of animal rights extremists.Committee Updates. (11th September 2016)
Annual General Meeting – Where we stand.
The annual general meeting continues the work that was started over 4 years ago. Members attending were brought up to date with the issues and success stories of the previous year and the focus of our attention heading into 2017. There is as always a series of items which need review but this could be a very challenging year ahead.
Veterinary Ireland have displayed a lack of professionalism that defies belief. They have pulled off a “Bait and switch” on tail docking of working dogs that demonstrates their loss of contact with rural Ireland. They entered discussions apparently in good faith with all parties, that they were only targeting cosmetic tail docking of show dogs. Having achieved the concession for 90% of dogs they now change their tune.
Their arguments are un-scientific and the committee are in the process of countering and exposing their flaws. Take a look at the policy statement here. (Click to download)
We will keep clubs updated in the months ahead.Committee Updates. (12th August 2016)
Annual General Meeting – Saturday 20th August 2016.
WEBtext Notification and details of the upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) have been sent to club representatives.
The venue is the Maldron Hotel, Portlaoise just off the M7.
The meeting begins at 12:00 Closing session at 2:00.
New officers will be elected and developments occurring over the last year will be discussed in detail.Committee Updates. (7th August 2016)
Under the “About Us – Events” tabs, see a selection of photographs from the show this year, the event goes from strength to strength and this years stands offered advice on Countryside insurance, micro-chipping for working dogs and membership benefits of the Federation.
The All-Ireland digging competition was held in Moate and it brought some of the best teams together for this fantastic title. Kevin and Pat put enormous effort into this day, the work that happens in the background so that everything runs smoothly should not be underestimated.
The judges Darren Cashmore (Terriers) and Jed Donagh (Lurchers) were excellent and selected from a very diverse range of dogs, we appreciate the difficult job they did and deserve our respect and gratitude.
Our sponsors were again outstanding, from the main companies who understand working dogs to individual contributions from genuine hunting people. Thank you for making the prizes second to none and making this event so memorable.
Take a look at the FACEBOOK page of the Westmeath WTC (Click the link on the right) and enjoy the videos and comments of the digging competition and entertainment that was enjoyed into the early hours of the following day.
We delayed posting this update so that the Westmeath WTC Facebook page could be the focus for comments and feedback, congratulations to the Club members for a very successful day.Committee Updates. (9th July 2016)
IFAcountryside insurance for members.
IFAcountryside have confirmed that they will have a stand at the show in Moate on Sunday the 17th. Anyone looking for top class insurance will be able to join on the day. Well done to Owen for the hard work in securing this opportunity for our members.
Countryside insurance provides peace of mind for the landowner/farmer and the hunter. It is a large part of the future of terrierwork in Ireland. Below see how to select the I.W.T.F. page on the IFAcountryside website and just some of the benefits available when you are insured.
Committee Updates. (4th July 2016)
Hypocricy of the ANTI hunting groups.
For some time we have been monitoring the chaos that has overtaken the leadership of the Anti hunting organisations. We gave our own view on the slippery slope that these organisations would take as they attracted power hungry people to lead them, refer to “Terriermans Countryside” here for our view some years ago.
We take no comfort from the turmoil that frontline members of these organisations are suffering, we have always felt that we have more in common with the hard working members who deal with animals in the real world than with the power hungry and hypocritical leadership. Below see a flavour of these leaders.
USPCA fire Stephen Philpott.
It turns out that the £80,000 salary was not enough for Mr Philpott. The USPCA discovered “Management issues” and sacked Stephen after an “Internal investigation”. Let us hope that the door does hit him on the way out.
Read more here Stephen Philpott USPCA 2016 01
You really could not make this up, the lead campaigner against culling Badgers calls in a hunter to cull deer on his land. He claimed that he inherited the culling as a tradition to protect his trees.
Read more here Brian May Deer Cull 2016 01
Jeremy Cooper new boss U-Turns at the RSPCA.
Jeremy has taken over a charity in decline after multiple bosses and accounting staff left abruptly. He has made several conflicting statements in his first months in charge. His future does not look too bright.
Read more here RSPCA 2016 01
Bill Oddie (Celebrity Conservationist) hires “a Man” to cull rats on his Property.
This is just embarrassing for poor old Mr Oddie. His followers attacked him after he admitted doing a little “Pest Control” on a plague of rats in his back garden.
Read more here. Bill Oddie Aug 2014 01
We will continue to keep an eye on these ANTI-Hunting groups, more updates to follow.Committee Updates. (30th June 2016)
Westmeath W.T.C. Show 2016
Just a couple of weeks to go before the highlight of the summer in our calendar.
Advanced planning for the show on the 17th of July in Moate, County Westmeath is ongoing and we are delighted to welcome terriermen from all over these islands. Of course none of this would happen without the work of Kevin, Pat and their families from the Westmeath Working Terrier Club. The Westmeath Show was up and running long before the I.W.T.F. was formed and the federation are privileged that the club donate the proceedings to the defence of terrierwork and our way of life. Below see just a selection of prizes on the day.
The digging COMPETITION has some serious interest this year, Kieran Young has allowed us to host the All Ireland Digging Championship. Thanks to Kieran, this is the prize for the All Ireland winner. Please note that a working dog show is just that, rosettes are handed out based on the judges individual preferences for a type of dog. It is just a bit of fun in the summer months, meeting friends, exchanging ideas and a bit of craic later that evening.
Working dogs are ONLY tested in the countryside doing what they were bred for, that is where the champions are found.
We are looking forward to meeting all of you on the day.Committee Update. ( 7th June 2016)
A great day out for Field Sport enthusiasts
THE IRISH GAME FAIR
Ireland’s largest game and country fair
Shanes Castle, Antrim, 25th & 26th June 2016
10.00am – 6.00pm each day
The federation would like to take the opportunity to wish our friends on the Irish Game Fairs committee every success with the Fair on the last weekend in June. A great day for the family and a positive way of supporting Irish field sports.
Last years Five Nations Working Terrier winner and runner up were owned by John Hendricks (on left holding the winning Black smooth terrier) with his friend Jim O’Meara (holding the Cork white line terrier). Both men are members of the I.W.T.F. since the beginning.
These terriers are proven working dogs.
Schedule for the Annual General Meeting.
The AGM is approaching and the closing date for nominations is the 1st of July. The coming year will present an opportunity to consolidate what we have achieved over the last 4 years. We would encourage members to go forward for these positions. The Northern Clubs in particular should nominate members onto the committee to drive the issues affecting them directly in that jurisdiction. Please encourage fellow members to consider these posts.Committee Updates. (26th May 2016)
DWTC – Tom Barry’s working dog show, 8th May 2016.
Tom Barry’s show in Banbridge Northern Ireland is the perfect start to the true working dog shows this summer.
Picture shows a Dublin Working Terrier Club member Jed winning the Tony Lee perpetual shield for the second time with his smashing Wheaten dog, a great dog in the field and the ring.
In the history of strong dogs in Ireland Tony Lee was a genuine terrierman. It is good to see his name being honoured.Committee Updates. (20th March 2016)
Final Report of the review of Animal Welfare Legislation Northern Ireland
On the 29th February the Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill and Justice Minister David Ford together launched the Report of the Review of the Implementation of Animal Welfare Legislation in The Stormont Hotel in Belfast.
The Irish Working Terrier Federation as one of the stakeholders who had previously been invited to discussion sessions and respondended to the consultation on the Interim report attended this launch.
The Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 2011 (the 2011 Act) replaced the Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 1972, which had allowed intervention and prosecution only after cruelty or unnecessary suffering had occurred.
The report makes 68 recommendations aimed at enhancing communication between the enforcement bodies, improving processes and highlighting the Animal Welfare Service to the public.
However, at its heart, it advocates tougher sentencing for the more serious offences and new powers for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to challenge sentences for undue leniency.
The Federation welcome this report and take animal welfare very seriously. We promote and expect the highest of standards of animal welfare in all our rural activities.
However, there are still those who would wish to bring our legitimate country sports into disrepute by playing the animal welfare card. We will remain vigilant and will not accept any attempt to ban our rural pursuits.Well done to committee members Mark and Tom for bringing some balance to this review with other pro hunting organisations in attendance
Photographed at the launch were Ashley Graham, CAI, and Tom Barry, Irish Working Terrier Federation
Regarding Hunting the 2011 Act specifically exempts from its provisions the coursing or hunting of any animal, other than a protected animal, except under certain circumstances such as the animal being released in an injured state or into a confined space from which it has no reasonable chance of escape. Therefore DARD has no powers to regulate, or ban, hunting or coursing with dogs.
DOE has responsibility for the Wildlife (NI) Order 1985, although again, that does not include powers to ban hunting.
Any ban on hunting would require additional powers to be taken in primary legislation.
Read the full report here (Click to download), also check out the organisations attending in Appendix D page 130.Committee Updates. (19th March 2016)
What are Kennel Clubs about?
In previous articles, newcomers to the world of working terriers and the I.W.T.F. site might wonder why terriermen and women are against Kennel Clubs and Kennel club shows. Considering that we support working dog shows the public might question the difference. There are two distinct worlds of dogs, dogs bred for work where the only standard to judge against is “How does the dog perform?” and then there is the world of dog shows as organised by the Kennel Clubs around the world. Here the standard that is used is “How does the dog look?”.
When breeders are selecting for looks, important qualities of the dog (intelligence, courage, stamina etc..) can be ignored and what eventually happens is that the health of the dog is also sidelined. Breeders of all animals have understood for hundreds of years that breeding close relatives (father-daughter for example) can “lock in” any attribute. This is called inbreeding and things like coat colour, or coat type can be selected, Inbreeding of closely related dogs can also compound any underlying medical issues.
For example dwarfism can be selected and future generations of pups can be guaranteed to be born as dwarfs. Many Kennel Club dog breeds were created this way, Dandie Dinmont and Sealyham terriers, Dachshund and Basset hounds etc..,
Working terrier breeds like the Patterdale, Jack Russell and Fell terriers when selected for performance and work avoid such problems. They can be crossbred across many different strains and this diversity in their gene pool gives them a hybrid vigour (a core healthy system).
This is why people who work terriers are against the Kennel Club in Britain pulling dogs like the Jack Russell Terrier into their system of closed inbreeding. Hopefully the JRT clubs in America will support the JRT Club of Great Britain in its fight to keep these dogs safe. Take a look at Patrick Burns (terrierman.com – click the banner below) for more information on this battle.
The Federation were delighted to participate in the Terrier special feature in the March issue of the Countrymans weekly newspaper. Terriers are an essential part of pest control and it is important that we educate the general public of the necessity of their role.
Read the feature below and support printed media like CMW , The Field and others which promote our way of life.
Article in “The Field” magazine regarding JRT’s.
The Jack Russell Terrier (JRT) embodies all of the attributes we have come to associate with working terriers and the variety of types within the strain has kept it useful to terriermen for over 2 centuries. Because of this it is disheartening to hear that the Kennel Club (KC) in Britain has set its sight on pulling this healthy dog into its world of deformity and sickness.
For people new to the world of working terriers this might seem an innocent endeavour. Nothing could be further from the truth, The Kennel Club has done so much damage to working dogs in particular and all dogs in general that in decades to come this will be seen as the shameful act it really is. Having decimated the existing terrier breeds (over half of which are on the endangered list) they now wish to complete the task by damaging this working dog as well.
Read the arguments in the article below, there seems to be no limit to the destruction that the KC is willing to impose on dogs even with the science stacked against them. It is good to have “The Field” championing working dogs in this way.
Bookings for the Westmeath W.T.C. Show 2016.
All accommodation for the show on the 17th of July is completely booked up in Moate. Anyone staying on the Sunday night, the nearest place is the Creggan Court in Athlone. Book now for the terrier event of 2016 and support the Westmeath W.T.C. and the I.W.T.F.’s work. This is far more than just a great working dog show, it is the chance to strengthen the network of people supporting terrierwork and hunting in Ireland. The gathering afterwards and the craic into the early hours is really something to look forward to, like minded people enjoying the performance of working dogs.
Check them out carefully, they may not be totally on our side. These politicians learned what the party Whip means and possibly even where the term came from!
Connaughton, Paul J..
Durkan, Bernard J..
Kitt, Michael P..
Mac Lochlainn, Pádraig.
McDonald, Mary Lou.
Mitchell O’Connor, Mary.
Ó Caoláin, Caoimhghín.
Ó Cuív, Éamon.
Ó Fearghaíl, Seán.
Ó Ríordáin, Aodhán.
Ó Snodaigh, Aengus.
Phelan, John Paul.
The 13 TDs who voted to ban hunting: These are the usual suspects that will do anything to get another 2 minutes in front of a camera. The media love them…..they are the Donal Trump of Irish politics, loud, ignorant and dangerous because they would impose their views by force, we think of them as political mouth pieces of the Irish Taliban Anti Hunting groups.
Boyd Barrett, Richard.
Broughan, Thomas P..
Donnelly, Stephen S..
Early bookings for the Westmeath W.T.C. Show 2016.
The committee would recommend that everyone interested in attending the Westmeath show and the events afterwards this year should book early. Accommodation is at a premium in and around Moate even at this early date. A WEBtext has been issued to all club representatives. We will post further updates in the coming weeks.
Wishing all working terrier owners a Happy Christmas.
As we approach the end of the year it is time to reflect on success so far and challenges ahead. The progress to date has exceeded our targets when the I.W.T.F. was formed over 3 years ago. We have formed alliances with many friends along the way and also been surprised by others. The challenges ahead while daunting for farming and hunting in general, we will face them head on and succeed, as we are stronger when we stick together. The committee feel that terrierwork is in good hands with our members today. We wish you a very Merry Christmas, happy New Year and enjoy your hunting over the holiday break.
We Are, Making a Difference.
The Irish Country Sports and Country Life Magazine
In the Autumn edition, editor Derek Fanning has written a very positive article putting a strong case for the I.W.T.F. and terrier work in general. This magazine is at the forefront of defending field sports in Ireland and we are proud to consider its professional team as our allies. Mr. Titterington, Fanning and Pringle are gentlemen who have the best interests of hunters at heart.
The IRISH COURSING CLUB introduces MICRO DOG ID
The federation congratulate the ICC on completion of the application process for establishing a database for microchipped dogs.
MICROCHIPPING of all pups born from June 1, 2015 has commenced since September 1, 2015 and all dogs born prior to June 1, 2015 must be micro chipped by March 31, 2016. The Irish Coursing Club T/A Micro Dog ID is a Department of Agriculture-approved database providing a full microchipping service to all dog owners as per the Microchipping of Dogs Regulations 2015.
The ICC understand the needs of the hunting field and the committee recommend that all working terrier owners should use this database as their first choice.
ICC control stewards are authorised implanters as per the Regulations and will perform this function in conjunction with tattooing.
The authorised implanter will be provided micro-chip details for each pup and an ISO Standard 11784 compliant micro-chip by the Au- thorised Database. On completion of the implantation of each pup, the breeder is provided an application form to be forwarded to the Da- tabase, whereby a “Certificate of Registration” is issued.
The information to be entered on a dog identification database is (to be held for 20 years):
- the unique identifier of the microchip inserted in the dog,
- the date of insertion of microchip, the date of birth of the dog,
- description of the dog which may include breed, colour and markings,
- the sex of the dog,
- the address of the premises where the dog is normally kept,
- the name, address and contact details of the owner
- and, if different, person having possession or control of the dog,
- the identity (including a unique identifying code assigned by the Database operator) of the person who microchips and registers a dog,
- details (cause, date and place) of the death of the dog,
- and details of the loss of a dog.On completion of the microchipping procedure, the breeder is provided a certificate of registration application form as per the Microchip- ping of Dogs Regulations 2015. The breeder or the new owner (purchaser of pup) will submit this form to the Database with a fee as out- lined on this form and a certificate of registration will issue to the owner and all relevant details logged on the Database. The certificate of registration form will also contain a naming form for each pup.Microchipping: What you need to know Microchipping backgroundTHE “Microchipping of Dogs Regulations 2015” is now in force in the ROI. They have been in the offing for the last number of years and open to consultation for input by all stakeholders during the drafting phase. Microchipping has been occurring in pet dogs for well over 20 years, so it is not new. There are numerous databases holding information on millions of dogs throughout the world. It is now a requirement under law in the ROI that all dogs, including greyhounds must be microchipped and this is consistent with other greyhound racing jurisdictions such as the NI (2011), UK (2009) and Australia (2011). It is also necessary to have your dog chipped in the event of travelling outside the country.What is a microchip?A microchip is the size of a grain of rice that contains computer circuitry that holds unique information. It has a sterile non-active bio-compatible casing and the antennae are made of coiled copper wire. The chip itself is passive and has no power source at all and is on- ly energised by a scanner. Because of this they have a very short range, in that they need to be close to the scanner to become energised and to be read. Once the scanner energises the antennae, the power passes to the circuit which creates the signal, which is sent back to the scanner via the same antennae (different types of microchips activate at different frequencies).Where to implant the dogThe microchip is placed in a specific position subcutaneously (under the skin), dorsal midline between the shoulder blades at an angle of 30 to 45 degrees and is completed in a matter of seconds.How to scan a dogTo scan correctly, the scanner must be close enough to energise and read the chip. You must move slowly enough to give the chip time to energise and you must cover the area where the chip should be along with the surrounding area.MICROCHIPPING SERVICE
- Download the following information sheet which includes contact numbers for the control stewards in your area.
Irish Game & Country Fair this weekend
On the 29th and 30th August 2015 at Birr Castle, Birr, Co Offaly,
Now coming into its ninth year under the management of the Great Game Fairs of Ireland team the fair has rapidly grown and is now recognised as the ROI’s national game fair.
Irish Working Terrier Federation at the Fair
The federation will have a stand on both days at the game fair this year
The Irish Game Fair at Birr Castle is the perfect forum for the I.W.T.F. to meet and engage with our members and supporters. We will be exhibiting with other country sports and angling organisations in the ‘Woodcock & Salmon ‘ Pavilion, on Saturday and will move to the terrier ring on Sunday.
Members should use the opportunity to renew or obtain insurance from the IFAcountryside stand, there is no better way to cement the working relationship we have with the farming community.