Rumours rife of a super-dairy for Co Wexford
Is a super-dairy being planned for Wexford?
Rumours are rife in the county that investors are looking to develop a 2,000-cow dairy unit in the southeast.
To add to the talk, Wexford Co Council confirmed last week that discussions had taken place with their planning authorities regarding such a venture.
Asked if Wexford Co Council had received a planning application for a dairy unit of more than 800 cows, a council official said that a planning application had not been lodged but informal discussions had taken place.
"There have been no applications for such a development in Wexford to date. Whilst this type of development has been discussed with the council, no detailed proposals have been tabled and no site was identified," the council official said.
Much of the talk has centred on the well-known ploughmen, Willie John and Martin Kehoe, but the family dismissed the rumours.
Willie John Kehoe said he had heard the rumours but insisted they were "not founded on anything".
He admitted that the family, who run a contracting and feed business at Foulksmills near New Ross, had been approached regarding a large-scale dairy unit but he said that had been some time ago and nothing had happened since.