Claim that increase in number of animals taken to knackeries is due to fodder crisis

A Leitrim representative says there’s been a 30% increase in the number of animals being taken to knackeries in the region.

Fianna Fail Councillor Paddy O’Rourke claims this high figure is directly related to the fodder crisis.

He’s accused the Department of Agriculture of not listening to the issues that were brought to the attention of Junior Minister Andrew Doyle when he came to the county and met with farmers last November.

Councillor O’Rourke says the minister was warned as far back as then of the problems ahead with fodder.

He maintains the backlog at knackeries in the region is having a direct impact on the local economy: