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New arrangements for the export of slaughter pigs to Northern Ireland

The Minister for Agriculture and Food, Mary Coughlan T.D., has announced that slap marking of slaughter pigs for export to Northern Ireland will apply for a 3-month trial period from 1 February. This change follows on from representations received by the Minister from pig farmers involved in this trade.

The new arrangements had been arrived at after lengthy discussions between her Department officials and their counterparts in Belfast. She added that the cross border trade in slaughter pigs was critical for Donegal pig farmers and was a trade that she wanted to assist in every possible way. The Minister looked forward to the operation of the new arrangements over the trial period and would be returning to the issue in due course.

12 January, 2006

Date Released: 12 January 2006