Wicklow farmers play the waiting game
PIG FARMERS across the region are this week playing the waiting game as a way forward following the pig meat scare is determined.
One such farmer, Brian Dowley who runs a pig farm on the Wicklow/Carlow border at Liscolman says that while his herd is clean and never ingested the contaminated feed he still cannot move any stock.
‘What has been decided is catastrophic for pig farmers. It will be very difficult to sell stock while the processing and slaughtering systems are at a standstill. If slaughtering is not carried out in the next week I face welfare problems as there will be overcrowding, says Mr. Dowley.
According to Mr. Dowley who sells an average of 200 pigs per week the situation is out of his hands until a way forward has been determined by the processers, slaughterers and the Government.
‘Ireland Inc. will be badly affected as a result of this. What has happened should never happen and the person responsible could have the book thrown at them.’
‘More rigid monitoring will have to be introduced in the wake of this. Whether it will be enough remains to be seen. There is not much I can do if slaughtering does not start in the next number of days and then I have a serious animal welfare issue on my hands. For now producers will have to wait it out.’