Farmers and IFA members are disgusted by the recent announcement that sheep farmers will be charged 20/25c per sheep of a clipping charge. Subsequently the IFA have pulled out of talks which have seen a dead end.
John Lynskey, Chairman of IFA sheep committee, has come out in protest describing it as “wrong”, the action that has been taken by two of Ireland largest lamb factories. Once again we see factories taking advantage of farmers under the clean livestock policy.
Despite most of the sheep more than likely coming under the category 1 clean livestock policy categorisation, requiring no additional intervention by the processor there will be an across board penalty for farmers. Mr Lynskey has repeated to the Minister Michael Creed and Department to revoke the unfair and unjustified charge.
A slaughter plant killing 3000 sheep a day will charge farmers approximately €2,400-3,000 a week. To put it into perspective a farmers with 500 lambs will receive €100 less than before because of the clipping charge.
Talks between the IFA and the Department with Meat Industry Ireland have failed to find a resolution and as a result the IFA have pulled out of the discussion as the other parties have ignored the discussions on the clean livestock policy.
The clean livestock policy agreement is yet to be finalised but talks still continue. Mr Lynskey has described the events as “jumping the gun” but unfortunately we are the peril of the factories.
This week Kepak have introduced a 20c charge for clipping. Irish Country Meats for several years have applied a charge from October 1st to end of hogget season in order to meet hygiene targets.