15 Mar 2019
CAPACITY FOR 600 ADDITIONAL CALVES IN CHERBOURG CAN BE DELIVERED WITHIN DAYS – IFACattle
IFA President Joe Healy was on the ground in Cherbourg, Normandy, France, this week visiting the Pignet Lairage, where an additional 600 calves could be delivered within days with some co-operation from the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed and the French authorities.
He said Minister Creed must request the French authorities to approve an extension which would to add this extra capacity in Cherbourg. With the additional 400 places announced late last week, it could increase capacity by 3,000 per week over three sailings, to 15,000 calves per week.
Minister Creed must also allow the use, permitted in previous years, of the facility at Abbeville which can act as an overflow lairage in light of the backlog caused by the exceptional bad sailing weather. This can accommodate 5,000 calves.
“The Minister told everyone that the ferry companies would sail in alternate days, but he was wrong and now we have a capacity problem in Cherbourg,” he said
Over 400 places came on stream in Cherbourg late last week, and IFA says another lairage could potentially create another 600 places if approved by the French authorities. Minister Creed must engage with the French authorities to make this happen.