Meat Industry Ireland has confirmed that beef processing recommenced at some sites today (Monday, September 23rd) and will be “fully operational later this week”.
Sheep processing has also recommended in west of Ireland plants, according to MII.
“Over 100,000 cattle that would, in normal circumstances, have been processed by now, have been backed up due to the disruption over recent weeks.”
“Beef processors are engaging with their customer base after this damaging period to seek to rebuild business over the period ahead.”
It noted that thsi will take some time as many customers have made their purchasing plans without Irish beef and committed to supply arrangements with alternative suppliers for at least the next number of weeks.
It stressed that there will be a need for additional marketing and promotional activity to support Irish beef in the period ahead and said that it will discuss this with the Department of Agriculture and Bord Bia.
MII has also outlined that some processors are facing difficulties sourcing adequate staff for their plants; some personnel will not be returning to work in the beef sector, as they have gained employment in other sectors.