One county council received 60 environment complaints last month, including alleged dumping of dead animals.
Documents released to Shannonside FM show that in the space of two days in November, Roscommon County Council received three complaints of dumped dead animals – a sheep in Kilteevan bog, near Roscommon town, a pony at Harristown, Castlerea, and another animal dumped at Derryhippo bog, Castlecoote.
The reports come as knackeries will face increasing checks in the coming months in regard to taking procession of untagged animals.
It comes on the back of concerns expressed by the BVD Implementation Group (BVDIG) on the reporting of deaths by knackery operators.
The BVDIG was convened in June 2011 to take forward planning and implementation of an industry-led national BVD eradication programme. It comprises representatives of the industry organisations.
In a letter from the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to the Group, which has been seen by FarmIreland, the Minister outlines that while the Department has found the operators to be substantially compliant in the past, he said if specific cases are brought to its attention, they will be investigated.
The Minister highlighted that it is an offense for a knackery operator or anyone else to take possession of an untagged animal.
“Knackery operators will be reminded of the responsibilities in this regard and, in the context of the concerns expressed by the BVDIG, knackeries will face increasing checks by DAFM in the period ahead,” the Minister said.
The Department has approved 39 knackeries for the proper disposal of fallen animals.
The Minister recently announced increased supports for the early removal of PI (persistently infected) calves under the national Bovine Viral Disease (BVD) Eradication Programme in 2017.