Kepak Athleague

  • A visit by a Chinese delegation to a meat plant in Co Roscommon, which was cancelled on Monday, will go ahead following negotiations between the meat plant and protesting farmers.

    The visit could see Kepak Athleague being approved for Chinese exports.

    It's reported that Monday's visit to the Athleague plant was cancelled after protesters refused to allow animals into the factory to be slaughtered in preparation for the Chinese inspection.

    Negotiations between senior management at Kepak and protesters took place yesterday, assisted by local Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice, who told Midwest news that the Chinese delegation have arrived at the plant this morning....

  • Protesters at the Kepak meat factory in Athleague Co Roscommon have blockaded a truck leaving the factory.

    RTÉ News reports they obtained video footage that shows some protesters with their heads and faces covered, while one person is seen wearing a balaclava.

    The incident occurred this morning as three refrigerated lorries were leaving the facility.

    Protesters stopped the third lorry leaving the plant.

    Gardaí arrived at the scene earlier this afternoon and spoke to the protesters.

    A High Court order granted earlier this week prohibits such activity taking place outside meat plants.

  • It has been announced that the Irish Natura and Hill Farmers’ Association has reached an agreement to supply 400 light lambs per week to Kepak Athleague.

    The INHFA confirmed this news at their recent AGM.

    The organisation have emphasised that this is a partnership effort between the farmers, Kepak and Bord Bia.

    Gerry Loftus of the INHFA says that for the last 10 years or more, there has been no light lamb quoted for by any factory.

    The INHFA will be supplying 400 light lambs a week to Kepak, from a carcass weight of 10kg to 15kg,starting on August 1.

  • Dawn Meats, Ballyhaunis and Kepak in Athleague are among 14 additional beef plants that have been approved for exporting beef to China.

    The list of approved Irish meat plants was published today by the General Administration of Customs in China.

    It follows an inspection trip by several inspectors from China in recent months - which coincided with protests outside some of the plants by beef farmers.

    Agriculture Minister Michael Creed says this brings to 21 the number of Irish factories now approved to export beef to China to meet the growing demand for premium quality, safe and sustainably produced beef.

    China is now Ireland's 5th biggest market for agri-food exports.