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Ferris supports opposition to sale of Teagasc cattle

1 February, 2005

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Agriculture, Martin Ferris TD, has come out in support of a protest to be held this afternoon at the Teagasc dairy research facility at Ballinamore, County Leitrim. The protest is against plans to remove the valuable dairy cattle there to be sold for slaughter and is part of the closing down of the facility. Former employees and local farmers have received information that the cattle are to be removed this afternoon.

Deputy Ferris said: "I fully support the action group in Leitrim which is calling for the Teagasc dairy farm to be kept open. It would appear that Teagasc are planning to remove the valuable dairy herd there to be sold for slaughter at only a fraction of their value. I reiterate my call for the Ballinamore farm to be kept as a working research facility and will be raising the issue in the Dáil tomorrow". ENDS

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