From next week, the smaller of the two lairage facilities in Cherbourg will receive an extra 1,200 calves per sailing (3,600 per week).
That’s according to IFA national dairy chairman, Tom Phelan, who outlined that this will increase the total weekly capacity in Cherbourg to 16,800 per week.
Three sailings per week
“IFA’s ongoing contact with the lairage operators Pignet and Qualivia over the last 13 months, our practical support, encouragement, and the help we provided in liaising between the French and Irish veterinary authorities and the operators themselves have been instrumental in securing a total of 1,600 extra spaces (4,800 calves per week) in the last year between the two facilities (+400 in 2019 at Qualivia, and +1,200 this week at Pignets),” he said.
“Weather-permitting, three sailings a week take place with two ships between Dublin/Rosslare and Cherbourg.”
“This is a positive development which will effectively cater for peak, and minimise capacity pressure when storms prevent some sailings,” Phelan concluded.