Farmer dies in slurry-related accident

A farmer has died after he was involved in an accident involving slurry on his farm in Co. Tyrone.

The incident happened near Coagh in the county on Friday last, October 14.

It comes after a 30-year-old farmer was taken to hospital last week where he was treated for breathing difficulties after he was overcome by slurry fumes.

The farmer, from Co. Fermanagh, was later released from hospital. Five of his cattle, three cows and two calves, died in the incident while several other animals had to be rescued from the shed by members of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service.

Last month, the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland issued a warning to farmers about the dangers around mixing slurry.

Farmers in Northern Ireland were told two weeks ago that they could spread slurry, in exceptional circumstances, past the slurry spreading deadline of October 15.

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) said that such cases will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

Cases are to be considered by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) and must be evidence based showing that the farmer had taken all reasonable steps to manage the situation and was left with no alternative.

While certain farmers in the North are to be granted a special dispensation to spread slurry after the closed period, their counterparts south of the border were not granted an extension to the deadline.