Wick­low farm­ers play the wait­ing game

Bray People - - Pork Crisis -

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.’

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