The ongoing blockade of the Dawn Meats facility in Ballyhaunis is continuing to prevent local sheep farmers from being able to sell their animals - according to the company.
Dawn Meats claims the protestors are preventing vehicles from delivering sheep through the factory gates, and says the disruption is causing hardship to West of Ireland sheep farmers as their animals are now going to be out of market specification on weight and fat score when sold.
In a statement to Midwest News, a spokesperson for Dawn Meats said it's disappointing that the protests are preventing West of Ireland sheep farmers from being able to sell their lambs.
The statement says the actions of farmers blocking the gates are directly impacting on the livelihoods of their fellow farmers, and the hundreds of employees of the plant who have been forced out of work by the blockades.
Dawn Meats has been forced to issue temporary lay-off notices to over 500 staff as the protests have shut down production.