‘Emer­gency’ meet­ing to dis­cuss Cork TB out­breaks

The Corkman - - NEWS - BILL BROWNE

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.

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