Chicken growers begin negotiations with Manor Farm
The stalemate between poultry farmers and a top processor continues this week, despite an improved offer from the Manor Farm chicken company.
The Shercock-based company headed up by the Carton brothers, Vincent and Justin, increased their offer by 1c per bird to 40c.
However, suppliers point to the 44-49c/bird being paid by other Irish processors.
According to the chairman of the Manor Farm growers, Patrick McCormack, negotiations are likely to continue for three weeks under a dispute resolution process that all parties have now entered.
"I'd be surprised if any grower handed in their notice to cease supplying Manor Farm before the end of this process," he said.
One of Manor Farm's main competitors, Western Brand, is looking to expand its grower base following a number of profitable years for the Ballyhaunis business.
Employing close to 500, Eugene Lannon's firm recorded pre-profits of over €7m in 2013, after director's fees and pensions of over €573,000 was paid to Mr Lannon and company secretary Claire Lannon.
The company is reported to be investing €12m in an upgrade of its Mayo processing facilities.