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Irish Farmers Clash with Minister Over Live Exports Statement

20 July 2015

IRELAND – Irish sheep farmers “urgently need” to see progress on live export options, an Irish farming leader has said in reaction to latest ministry statements.

Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association chairman, John Brooks, has criticised agriculture minister Simon Coveney for recent comments made on exports.

"We cannot say that we are fully supportive of live exports without considering the huge deterrent of the 30-day residency requirement," said Mr. Brooks. "ICSA would like to see the Department moving to end or reduce this restriction to give farmers more options for disposing of stock."

He said the minister referred to securing new export markets in China but that “delivering a questionnaire to the Chinese can hardly be described as progress”.

“Serious problems” remain in the sheep industry, despite the minister’s “clear attempt” to put a positive spin on current difficulties facing farmers, he concluded.

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