Northern-Ireland farmers now hit by dioxin
Farmers in Northern Ireland must destroy 7,000 cattle
and meat is being banned from supermarket shelves, as a result of the recent
cattle and pig feed contamination with dioxins.
Estimated damage to the farming business is up to five million pounds
(€6.34m). This will put a lot of farmers out of business.
Ireland pork has now been declared safe, however the news that so many cattle
are affected has come as a shock to farmers, who purchased the animal feed in
Graham Furey, who is president of the Ulster Farmers' Union,
said that the farmers were waiting on results from tests carried out by the Food
Farmers have been feeding their cattle over the last
few weeks, unsure if the meat will be able to enter the food
Furey said that the main issue
now concerned the question of compensation for the farmers if their animals have
to be put down.
Alternatives to an Executive payment include accessing
compensation from the government in the Republic or pursuing whoever is found to
be at fault for contaminating the feed.
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