Dáil Éireann - Volume 537 - 12 June, 2001

Written Answers. - Purchase for Destruction Scheme.

247. Mr. Stanton asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Rural Development the number of cattle killed each week under the slaughter for destruction scheme to date; the total number slaughtered to date; when the scheme is due to come to an end; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17097/01]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (Mr. Walsh): The number of cattle slaughtered in each week under the EU purchase for destruction scheme is as follows:[1292]

Week Commencing

Number

8 January 2001

4,158

15 January 2001

11,816

22 January 2001

10,888

29 January 2001

14,570

5 February 2001

18,850

12 February 2001

19,867

19 February 2001

20,142

26 February 2001

18,448

5 March 2001

16,150

12 March 2001

14,511

19 March 2001

9,771

26 March 2001

10,066

2 April 2001

11,080

9 April 2001

9,085

16 April 2001

9,064

23 April 2001

10,975

30 April 2001

8,750

7 May 2001

7,657

14 May 2001

6,719

21 May 2001

6,368

28 May 2001

5,961

Total

244,896

By virtue of the EU regulation governing the PFD scheme, the scheme ends on 30 June 2001. Intervention for steers and a special purchase scheme for cows, bulls and heifers aged over 30 months will be available to support market prices from July.