ICSA TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING IN WICKLOW ON COTROL OF DEER POPULATION TO REDUCE TB LEVELS

20 FEBRUARY 2017

ICSA is holding a public meeting to discuss the high levels of TB reactors in Co Wicklow and how this ties in with the expanding deer population. Tom Stephenson, ICSA national executive representative in Wicklow, has described the problem as having reached a tipping point.

The public meeting will take place this Thursday 23 February in The Glen Lounge, the Glen of Imaal, Co Wicklow at 8pm.

Guest speakers on the night include:

Andrew Doyle TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture

 Seamus Sherlock, ICSA rural development chairman

 Liam Kelly, District Superintendent at the Regional Veterinary Office, Naas

 Jim Ruttle, Wicklow County Council

 John Doyle, J P & M Doyle Auctioneers

Mr Stephenson said “The number of TB reactors in the Glen of Imaal way exceeds the national average and is causing a lot of damage with farmers unable to sell cattle and being locked down for years. There is no doubt that it is the deer causing the problem and we need assistance quickly. As the deer population increases, the more havoc they are causing on our farms. The situation is totally out of control and has reached a tipping point.”

All those affected by the issue are invited to attend.

For further information Tom Stephenson can be contacted at 087 8375446.

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