South Tipperary has more abattoirs than its surrounding counties combined, it was stated at this week’s meeting of the County Council.
Councillors were approving a plan by the Food Safety Authority to formalise cooperation between neighbouring counties by food inspection services.
The cooperation has been going on for some time between South Tipperary, Waterford and Kilkenny County Councils, the meeting was told, and this new agreement is just to formalise that.
As the agreement was being made with these councils it was also decided to enter into a cooperation agreement with North Tipperary County Council also.
There are three full-time veterinary officers employed in South Tipperary and they carry out ante and post mortem examinations in abattoirs, of which the county has more than 20 - more than the neighbouring counties combined the meeting was told. This include a poultry facility in Cappawhite and a deer facility in Skeheenarinky.
The officers also carry out work under the Control of Horses Act and the Control of Dogs Act.
The cooperation agreement was approved by the council.