Over 3,000 fallen cattle await collection


Knackery owners and Department to meet tomorrow

Over 3,000 fallen cattle await collection

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Knackery owners and Department to meet tomorrow

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Animal Collectors’ Association (ACA) will meet tomorrow with a view to resolving the current impasse.

A spokesperson for the ACA confirmed that in the absence of any "meaningful commitment" on its issues, knackery gates will remain closed.

38 knackeries closed their gates on Tuesday, following a "breakdown" of talks with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

They claim that they cannot continue to provide this service without adequate funding from the Government.

Over 3,000 fallen animals

The ACA spokesperson noted that there are fallen sheep, goats and horses "left around the country as the farmer/owner has no knackery to collect them, so they cannot dispose of them in a safe and regulated matter".

Over 3,000 dead cattle - including 750 "high-risk bovines - await collection due to the ongoing dispute.

Some farm organisations are calling for a revision of the 125km rule, with others highlighting that animal disposal fees - which are paid by farmers - must be addressed.

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