Flooding claims 55,000 Moy Park chickens
Officials in Northern Ireland assessing damage to agricultural operations
About 55,000 chickens being raised for Moy Park were among the losses in this week’s flooding in Northern Ireland’s Tyrone County.
Moy Park, the largest company in Northern Ireland and one of Europe’s leading poultry producers, said two of its farming partners experienced both losses and damages to their buildings. Moy Park is working closely with the farmers to help them recover from the losses from the flood, which followed a heavy rainfall on August 22.
Noel Lavery, permanent secretary of Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), stated that the agency has been working hard to assist agricultural producers who have experienced losses.
“We have had reports of livestock losses and damage to farmland and properties, with the Glenelly Valley and the Northwest particularly affected. Since the early hours of Wednesday morning, our animal welfare, environmental officer and CAFRE [College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise] advisors have been working with farmers, industry representatives and other government agencies to help alleviate the impact,” said Lavery.
However, Lavery added that it has been difficult to access some sites because many areas remain under water and roads are closed. Because of that, it has been tough for the government to thoroughly assess how much damage has been done.
Tyrone farmers lose 55,000 chickens in flash floods
Two Co Tyrone farmers were among those counting the cost of Tuesday night’s torrential downpours, after tens of thousands of chickens were killed in flash floods.