Pig production Unit must be retained in Ballyhaise College – Reilly
Addressing rumours that the pig production unit at Ballyhaise College is to be closed and relocated to another location, Sinn Féin Senator Kathryn Reilly stressed the importance of the unit for County Cavan and neighbouring counties given the centrality of pig farming in the area.
Senator Reilly said:
“This area is the traditional heartland of Irish pig production. The location of this unit in Ballyhaise College was considered particularly apt given that the county has one of the highest pig densities and a long history of pig farming.
“It is no shock that Cavan and Monaghan are two of the main significant counties in terms of commercial pig farm numbers. The relocation of this unit would be a huge blow to the area and to the pig industry locally.
“A vibrant pig farming sector is vital to the maintenance of rural communities. It is vital that those who wish to train and qualify in this area do not have to travel long distances or live away from their homes and farms. This is an important industry and if the unit is taken away, it could have a knock on effect.
“The programmes provided are tailored to the needs of persons already working on pig units. As such taking away this unit from one of the most prominent pig farming areas would leave a serious gap.
“Cavan, Monaghan, and Donegal contain the main source of pigs that are sent to processors across the Border, which highlights the all-Ireland aspect of this. Actions should not be taken that could undermine this vital industry.
“I will be seeking clarity on this issue in the coming days and I hope any rumours of this nature would not be substantiated. It is imperative, that recognizing the importance of the pig farming industry to Cavan and the surrounding counties that this unit remain at Ballyhaise College.”