Reacting to the Fallen Animal Collection Scheme announced by the Department of Agriculture today, IFA Animal Health Chairman Pat Farrell said it doesn’t address the key issues for farmers with fallen animals.
“The scheme fails to reduce the costs of disposal for farmers and its voluntary nature doesn’t provide a guaranteed collection service for all farmers,” he said.
Pat Farrell said the Department of Agriculture has protected the interests of the three rendering plants and licensed knackeries at the expense of farmers.
The IFA Chairman set out two key principles for the Department of Agriculture to address: a reduction in collection charges and guarantee of collection.
“The Department of Agriculture has not addressed these issues. The scheme must be revisited as a matter of urgency,” he said.