Calls for reopening of Munster AI centre
Major investment also sought in wake of NCBC outbreak
Published 22/02/2011 | 05:00
THE reopening of the former Munster AI facility in Mallow and a major overhaul of management protocols has been sought in the wake of the IBR outbreak at the National Cattle Breeding Centre (NCBC) in Enfield, Co Meath.
While sources within Munster AI said they aimed to retain the business scale which was offered by NCBC, some in the organisation have called for a second breeding centre to be redeveloped in Mallow.
A major capital investment programme for Enfield and Mallow, which would help improve bio-security, has also been touted.
One source, who did not wish to be named, described the Enfield facility as a "low-cost system".
The fact that 65 bulls were being kept in one hall and air space could never be allowed to happen again, the AI specialist said.
"The maximum number of bulls in any hall will have to be 15, but for those sorts of facilities to be put in place money must be spent," he insisted.
He said this could be done most effectively in the short term by reopening the facility in Mallow to take a certain proportion of the bulls.