‘Flock off with your price cuts’


“Sheep farmers are on their knees”

‘Flock off with your price cuts’

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“Sheep farmers are on their knees”

ICSA’s sheep committee is today protesting at Irish Country Meats (ICM), Camolin, Co Wexford, as “processors across the board continue to hammer sheep farmers with savage price cuts”.

Minimum of €7/kg needed

Speaking at the protest, ICSA sheep chair Sean McNamara said that there is no way sheep farmers can bear these sorts of price cuts and if they continue, “most of us will not be able to stay going.”

“Our produce has been rendered virtually worthless; we might as well be giving it away for free,” he said.

“It costs a lot of money to rear these lambs and we need to be getting a minimum of €7/kg to make it viable.”

“Right now, prices have gone well below the €6/kg mark, plus we’re getting hammered by weight limits. We’re losing money hand over fist and it’s just not sustainable,” he added.

Low-income business

“Sheep farming is a low-income business; how do they expect us to stay going and maintain standards if processors refuse to give us an adequate price?”

The ICSA sheep chair said that EID has increased costs for farmers, while “factories and marts drag their heals on installing the necessary readers.”

“We were also promised that new markets would be delivered but the reality for those on the ground is that new markets only make money for those further along the chain and never filter back to the primary producer.” he added.

Driven out of business unfairly

He outlined that the anger is palpable amongst the farmers protesting here today.

“Livelihoods are under threat and to make matters worse, they’re being driven out of business unfairly.”

“We still have any amount of lambs coming in from the north and elsewhere, purely to depress the price here.”

Mr McNamara concluded by saying, “Sheep farmers are on their knees. We are here to make it very clear that these price cuts have to be reversed for the sector to have any chance of surviving.”

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