Collection of dead, worn-out farm animals hit by dispute

Farmers across the north west will not be able to have dead animals collected from next Wednesday.

It’s after knackery owners who are members of the Animal Collectors’ Association voted unanimously to stop collections.

It’s because of the deadlock in talks that have been going on the last eight months with the Department of Agriculture on a new fallen animal scheme.

Without a support package from the department, knackeries say it will be no longer viable for them to stay in operation.

It’s understood that from next Wednesday, knackeries will be open initially for the delivery of animals, but animals will not be collected from farmers’ yards.

West Sligo Councillor Michael Clarke has been telling me the background to the dispute.