Irish Farmers Association (IFA) sheep chairman John Lynskey said sheep farmers are very concerned over any significant change or reduction in slaughtering capacity.

John Lynskey said the IFA has arranged a meeting with senior Kepak management regarding the review they have initiated of the Hacketstown plant in Co Carlow.

Meanwhile, ICSA Ireland sheep chairman Paul Brady has expressed concern at the news that Kepak is to undertake a review of operations at their Hacketstown plant.

“From the point of view of sheep producers, the possibility of a reduction in competition for lambs is a worrying prospect.  We need as many viable meat processors operating as possible,” he commented.

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