‘Emergency’ meeting to discuss Cork TB outbreaks
A SURGE in the number serious and high-profile outbreaks of TB across Cork county has prompted the calling on an ‘emergency’ meeting to discuss the worrying development.
The meeting, which will take place this evening (Thursday) at 7.30pm in the Castle Hotel, Macroom, will be jointly hosted by the West Cork and north & East Cork branches of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA).
It will be addressed by Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Marine officials Colm Forde and Eoin Ryan, who will provide an expert update to farmers concerned by the outbreaks and the response produce following an outbreak.
Mitcheltown’s Maurice Walsh, chair of the North and East Cork ICMSA will chair the meeting jointly with his West Cork counterpart Tom Wilson.
Mr Walsh has urged farmers to attend the meeting and start 2019 “on a positive and engaged note.”
He said the meeting had been called at short notice in response to the widespread anxiety felt within the farming community across Cork as the recent outbreaks shown no sign of abating.
Mr Walsh said it was important that farmers attended the meeting to “ask questions and get them answered.”
“Farmers are tearing their hair out. Nobody know what is happening and why it is happening and we want to what the Government is doing about it,” said Mr Walsh.
All enquiries regarding the meeting can be made to ICMSA area development officer Barry O’Keeffe on 087 162 2049.