A Sligo poultry farmer says the current fears over avian flu is hugely concerning for those working in the sector.

A cull is taking place today on a flock of over 3,000 turkeys at the centre of an avian-flu outbreak.

The birds, on a commercial farm in Co. Monaghan, were confirmed to have the virus at the weekend after officials from the Department of Agriculture were called in.

The Agriculture Minister is expected to tell his ministerial colleagues that the outbreak does raise fears of a possible shortage of turkeys in the run up to Christmas.

According to the Irish Independent, Minister McConalogue has also discussed the issue of possible compensation for affected farmers at today’s cabinet meeting.

Ann O’Donovan, of Ballisodare Free Range Eggs, is a supplier of free range turkeys, hens and eggs.

She told Midwest News that the current restrictions will threaten the free range status of free range turkey providers in the run up to Christmas...

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