VIDEO: 70 heifers leave Shannon bound for Romania

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

LIMERICK charity Bóthar has airlifted 70 heifers to Romania in a bid to lift families out of poverty.

The lift took place from Shannon Airport at the weekend and Cappamore farmer Shane Blackwell was among those who donated in-calf heifers for the consignment, which has an estimated value of over €100,000.

The Holstein Friesian heifers were delivered to Roscrea Mart on Saturday where they were gathered before being moved to and airlifted from Shannon overnight on Sunday.

The farmers were met at Roscrea by Bóthar CEO Deirdre M Ryan plus CEO of one of the best known charities in the US, Heifer International, which counts Bill Clinton, Ellen de Generes and Meryl Streep among its supporters.

Bóthar is currently supporting 64 programmes in over 20 countries - most of which are poverty stricken - and airlifted some 365 heifers and 200 dairy goats last year alone to places like Romania and Kosovo.

The development aid charity has worked with Heifer International for over 20 years and CEO Pierre Ferrari paid tribute to Irish farmers and the Irish people for their “incredible sense of giving”.

“You have remained one of the top nations in the world in terms of giving,” he said. “Bóthar has been a great conduit for that giving over the years and has done remarkable work across the developing world. We have been proud to partner with them on projects since their very first airlift.”