Denis Naughten has welcomed the meeting today between the Department of Agriculture and the Live Calf Exporters to provide a practical solution to the lack of sufficient export facilities for calves at the Port of Cherbourg, France.
This meeting has happened on foot of my request to the Taoiseach to intervene in this situation 10 days ago.
“At the time I pointed out to the Taoiseach that if we don’t take dairy calves out of our beef production system then this will decimate the livelihoods of our beef farmers. But to facilitate the export of these calves we need extra lairage capacity in Cherbourg”
“The meeting today with Department of Agriculture needs to bring about a mechanism to ensure that there are no blockages to the export of these calves” conclude Denis Naughten.
See attached correspondence from Minister Creed.