IFA chairman says knackery dispute could see dead animals brought to Agriculture Department

The IFA animal health and welfare chairman has said farmers might have to go to the Department of Agriculture with dead animals to protest knackeries closing.

Pat Farrell’s comments come in the wake of an announcement from the Animal Collectors Association that services are to be halted as of next Wednesday, including those in the Shannonside region.

Mr Farrell says it’s worrying that negotiations between the department and the ACA have come to this standstill.

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He says the priority for the ICSA has always been for a nationwide knackery service, which should be available to farmers at a “reasonable price”.

According to Mr Farrell, nobody wants to see a repeat of the situation last autumn, where over 3000 fallen animals were left uncollected on farms for an extended period due to stoppage.

Speaking to Mary Claire Greally on today’s Let’s Talk show, he says it’s not up to farmers to sort it out.