Anger as Cork Marts 'hamper' calf export plans
Cork Co-operative Marts have interjected in a planning application by a former employee to set up a calf export business buying direct from farmers.
It comes less than a year after the marts in the south's dairy heartland decided to stop shipping live calves.
Brothers Liam and John McCarthy have lodged a planning application with Cork County Council to build lairage with the aim of exporting calves next spring.
Liam McCarthy, who worked with the marts for 17 years, believes there is a "void" there for an exporting business after Cork Marts stepped out of the market.
The brothers, who will be investing €250,000 in the calf housing and facilities for weaning and separation and a further €250,000 in working capital, are aiming to export 10,000 calves next spring if the business is up and running in time.
However, Liam McCarthy believes the move by Cork Marts to lodge an observation on their planning may "hamper" them at the "first hurdle".
"I'm eight miles from the nearest mart," said Mr McCarthy on the application for the development at Palaceanne and Murragh, Enniskeane, Co Cork.
The submission by Cork Co-op Marts, lodged on their behalf by Butler O'Neill Total Planning Solutions, raised concerns around how the surface water and run-off from the development would be dealt with.