Farmers urged to check meat factories for English, Scottish and Welsh sheep imports
Calls have been made for openness and transparency around which meat factories are importing live sheep or sheepmeat carcasses from the UK at a time when Irish sheepmeat price is on the floor.
ICSA sheep chairman John Brooks says “we know that big numbers of live sheep come in from Northern Ireland all the time but ICSA has reason to believe that the boot is really being put in by factories bringing additional sheep from Scotland, England or Wales.”
ICSA is calling on all factories to confirm or deny whether they use sheep from outside the island of Ireland.
ICSA also wants the Department to provide precise breakdowns on how many sheep come from Scotland, England and Wales.
Brooks says farmers will be furious if lamb price is being suppressed by unnecessary imports.
“This really exposes the risks attached to Meat Industry Ireland’s proposals that farmers should produce one million extra lambs.
“How could farmers possibly agree with any increase in production here when it is clear that surplus lambs are depressing prices by some 80c/kg compared to this time last year?”
Brooks went on to call on farmers to monitor what’s going on in factories.