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Chicken moves up the meat pecking order

CHICKEN is now the most popular meat in Ireland, accounting for a third of what we consume, and sales have remained steady in spite of the recession.

Irish people are among the biggest chicken eaters in Europe eating nearly 26kg a year of it, with sales worth €180m this year, a Bord Bia Poultry and Egg conference has been told.

Egg sales, meanwhile, have soared by 11pc on last year and we each eat 165 of them a year, at a total value of €85m.

However despite strong sales the sector is facing serious challenges due to high feed costs, with the ban on battery hens introduced this year also putting pressure on the sector.

Irish Independent