'They treat them like pets sometimes' - Death of livestock the leading cause of depression among farmers
The lead cause of depression among farmers in Ireland is the death of livestock, according to information gathered by Teagasc.
Barry Caslin said psychologists have found that the loss of animals and livestock is the biggest cause of depression amongst farmers in Ireland.
“If an animal falls ill, or has an accident, they feel as though it’s their fault,” he said.
John Fleury, a cattle dealer from Birr, Co. Offaly spoke about the loss of some of his livestock a number of years back.
“I lost a pedigree stock bull, it was devastating, I would never have sold him, not for a million euro.
“But that’s part of life, part of farming, we grow up with,” he said.
Speaking on how the loss of animals can affect the spirits of a farm, Mr Fleury said it’s hard but you have to move on, leave it outside the door.
Kevin Diffely from Co. Leitrim agreed with Teagasc’s findings.