The Irish Farmers? Association (IFA) and the Wild Deer Association of Ireland (WDAI) are at odds over the roll-out of a national deer management strategy.

The IFA contends that Ireland?s deer population is expanding and instances of deer-related damage to grass, crops, fences and forests are on the rise. It is urging the Irish Government to implement a management policy that was piloted in County Wicklow on a national basis. However, the WDAI, whose members are mostly landowners and hunters, believes that deer numbers are in decline and has called for a nation-wide census before any strategy is put into practice.