Wednesday 23 May 2018

Crying foul over 'imported' chicken litter


IT IS "alarming" the number of animals that are dying because of the spreading of chicken litter on farmland in North Cork.

That's according to Cllr Bart Donegan (FF) who was speaking at last Friday's Kanturk Area meeting.

He raised the matter of chicken litter being spread in North Cork, which he claimed was being brought in from Limerick.

He said the IFA (Irish Farmers Association) have clearly said there is no problem with "well run chicken farms" spreading its litter. However, he said it is the "stuff which is being imported" from other counties that is causing the problems.

Chairman Cllr Gerard Murphy (FG) said that all councillors were aware of the problems with regards to chicken litter and dead chickens

He said: "It's alarming the amount of animals that are dying because of it."

Cllr Timmy Collins (Ind) also said it was a serious matter.

Cllr Murphy (FG) said that a full motion on this problem should go to Cork County Council.

He raised the issue of the licencing of spreading chicken litter. "Maybe a person who is spreading it in County Cork would need a licence, that could be one avenue," he said.

The Corkman also spoke to Cllr Donegan concerning chicken litter.

He said that some farmers in Liscaroll were affected by it and had made contact with him.

He claimed that the IFA had received a letter from the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveny concerning the problem.

"Minister Coveny's outlined that a farmer who was suffering from the spreading of chicken litter should move his cattle. How is that going to help the farmer, when that is just not feasible," he said.