The ICSA protest outside Kepak in Athleague was called off yesterday evening following discussions with Kepak management. ICSA sheep chairman Sean McNamara who led the delegation said that there had been a robust exchange of views and that further talks were planned for Thursday.
“Both sides agreed that current prices were unsatisfactory from a farmer’s perspective. ICSA is insisting that the continuous severe cuts on sheep price cannot continue and that sheep farmers cannot be expected to lose money. We also had a strong exchange of views on weight limits which at 20.5kg are totally unreasonable at this time of year, in our view.”
The protest is off now pending talks on Thursday. However, Mr McNamara added that if prices continue to fall there are no guarantees that there won't be further protests at various meat plants in the coming weeks.