Updated: 21/10/16 : 06:47:11Printable Version
Martin Kenny Sinn Fein TD for Sligo, Leitrim West Cavan and South Donegal has said that confirmation from the minister that farmers will not be pursued for spreading slurry after the deadline provided they inform animal welfare section of the Department of Agriculture as welcome news for farmers.
Speaking after a meeting with the minister on Wednesday night Deputy Kenny said, "Following numerous calls from distraught farmers over the last week in relation to the issue of spreading slurry I am happy to say that provided farmers contact the Animal Health and Welfare line in the Department of Agriculture and inform them that they have to spread their slurry for animal welfare purposes they will not be pursued for breaking any laws. Farmers can contact the department on 076 1064408 and provide their herd no and reason for having to spread the slurry.
"The reality is that farmers cannot put cattle into slatted houses that have full tanks from last year and they cannot leave the animals outside. Contractors who provide agri services have been extremely busy over the summer months working in very unfavorable weather conditions which is why there was such a delay in getting this work done earlier.
"This should give farmers some peace of mind."