Dáil Éireann - Volume 346 - 14 December, 1983

Written Answers. - Slurry Removal Danger.

57. Mr. Molony asked the Minister for Agriculture whether he is satisfied that farmers have been properly alerted to the dangers inherent in the removal of slurry from slatted or other livestock houses to both livestock and humans; whether is is aware of the very serious losses incurred by a farmer in County Tipperary this summer; and whether he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Agriculture (Mr. Deasy): I am aware of the incident on a farm in County Tipperary during the summer when a number of cattle died while slurry [2075] was being removed from the house in which they were kept.

I am satisfied that the widespread publicity in recent months about the risks inherent in the handling of slurry in slatted houses has alerted farmers to the dangers involved for both humans and livestock. The field staff of my Department and ACOT advisory personnel will, however, continue to bring these dangers to the notice of farmers and to advise them on the proper precautions to be taken in order to avoid mishaps when slurry is being handled.