Delays could force farmers to spill milk
Published 12/01/2010 | 05:00
DAIRY farmers could be forced to spill milk if freezing weather conditions continue.
Milk tankers are having trouble reaching some farms in the areas worst affected by ice and snow. However, co-ops say that while they are experiencing difficulties, so far they are managing to collect the milk, though at a slower pace.
Some co-ops have dispatched smaller vehicles to the hardest-hit farms that have become inaccessible to large bulk lorries.
ICMSA has lambasted what it called the inaction of local authorities to get to grips with the problem.
Its rural development committee chairman, John O'Donnell, said the problem could easily be solved if a concerted effort were made.
"Secondary roads are downright dangerous and I believe that agricultural contractors and farmers could supply a gritting service that would change the situation for the better within an hour," Mr O'Donnell said.
"County councils should get going in this direction, they are the body with the first and most direct responsibility for the day-to-day welfare of their isolated and rural communities, and it's up to the local councillors to get their local authorities moving towards practical solutions and out of their present excuse-mode."