The Irish Natura and Hill Farmers' Association is calling for an “immediate resolution to the problems” caused by the closure of knackeries earlier this week.
“Farmers with fallen stock are left in limbo dealing with the sight and stench of decomposing animals and desperately need a resolution to deal with the problem.” National President Colm O’Donnell stated.
“If a resolution with the knackeries can’t be achieved today (Friday), then farmers need to be allowed bury the stock with guidelines and support on this provided by the local DVOs.”
This decision, he continued, “needs to be taken today as failure to act on this will leave the moving of fallen animals difficult if not impossible and only adding to an already stressful situation".
The INHFA leader said that the current situation with the knackeries should have been addressed “a long time ago” and not let develop to a point where farmers are “left dealing with decomposing bodies and unable to act”.
O’Donnell emphasised the need for an “immediate deal” that “should not add any more costs onto farmers".