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Farmers Go to Court for NI Beef Dioxin Battle

22 January 2009

NORTHERN IRELAND, UK - Farmers hit by the dioxin feed disaster in Northern Ireland are expected to go out of business unless they can gain compensation for their losses.

With restrictions imposed on eight farms to stop their meat entering the food chain, some of those affected want the Government to pay them the value of their animals, reported the Belfast Telegraph earlier today.

According to the news organisation, the Stormont Executive has agreed to introduce a cull and disposal scheme to remove the animals. But it will only pay for the slaughter and rendering of the cattle, at a cost of up to £4million.

The owners of five herds are seeking to judicially review the joint ministerial position in a bid to receive pay-outs to cope with what their barrister described as “dire circumstances”.

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