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Ireland—Mortality Amongst Calves

Volume 92: debated on Tuesday 23 April 1901

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I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that much mortality has taken place for some time past among calves in Ireland, which has caused losses to the farming classes in Ireland, and whether he can recommend any remedy.

The Department of Agriculture is now investigating the causes of the serious mortality amongst calves, and for this purpose has secured the services of the eminent bacteriologist, Professor Nocard. The principal of the Royal Veterinary College of Ireland will assist him in his researches.

Will Irish farmers be invited to give evidence in the course of the investigation?

Will a copy of the Report, when presented, be furnished to the Irish county and district councils?

I am quite alive to the importance of this question, and will do my best to communicate the results of the investigation to all concerned.