Controversy causes resentment in the ring
Published 26/11/2015 | 02:30
When you step into the ring at a mart almost anywhere in Ireland, you're usually entering one of the most conservative spheres in Irish society.
But not yesterday. And not in Milford, Co Donegal, as hundreds of farmers jostled for position for the latest cattle sales.
They were there to buy and sell, trying to scrape a living out of an industry with more ups and downs than the rides at Tayto Park.
There was hardly room to wink at the auctioneer, never mind tap the side of your head, but there was a good deal of frowning too - at the pay scandal gripping the Irish Farmers' Association.
Many farmers are furious at the pots of gold at the end of the IFA executive rainbow.
And many of them are no longer willing to fund it after what most of them refer to as 'The Controversy'.
Around 1pc of mart transactions go directly to the IFA.
"I've cancelled that," said John McDaid, who keeps cattle on his 100-acre farm outside Ramelton.