Minister for Agriculture under increased pressure to extend slurry spreading season

The minister for Agriculture came under increased pressure in the Dáil yesterday to extend the slurry spreading season.

TDs said that calendar farming doesn’t work and that farmers risk animal and environmental welfare if they spread slurry during unseasonably wet periods.

In recent weeks, both Cavan and Monaghan County Councils have passed motions calling for Minister Creed to extend the slurry spreading season.

Monaghan Chairperson Seamus Coyle told Northern Sound News that the issue is adding to the financial and mental strain that farmers find themselves under.

Junior Agriculture Minister Andrew Doyle was taking questions on behalf of Minister Creed.

In response to a question by Independent TD Michael Healy Rae, Doyle said that farmers can seek leave to empty slurry tanks on a case-by-case basis: