ICSA Sheep chair Sean McNamara has called for all sheep farmers to attend ICSA’s sheep sector crisis meeting tonight (Tuesday 21 March) in Carrick-on-Shannon.
Mr McNamara says, “The value of sheepmeat exports increased by 17% to total €476m during 2022 but individual sheep farmers cannot make a viable living. Their profits certainly haven’t gone up by 17%, in fact they have gone down by 81% to a margin of €7 per ewe, all while the cost of production has risen significantly.
He argues that if there is to be a future for the sector it needs to be an equitable one, one where primary producers can make a viable living – and not just profits for processors and retailers.”
ICSA’s sheep sector crisis meeting is taking place in place this evening in The Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon and will start at 8pm.
Oliver Crowe, C.C Agricultural Consultants and Sean McNamara, ICSA Sheep chair will speak at the meeting tonight and Sean has been telling Midwest Radio News Editor Teresa O'Malley more about why tonight's meeting is taking place....