At least 120 butcher businesses will be forced to shut up shop at the end of November, head of development with Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland Dave Lang has told the Irish Farmers Journal.

The crisis has been sparked by a long-running funding dispute between the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) and local authorities, which oversee the management and payment of the local authority veterinary inspection service (LAVS), which certifies small-scale abattoirs.