Liffey Meats calls on farmers to end blockades at factory gates

Liffey Meats is calling on farmers to end their blockades at their factory gates.

A spokesperson said they are making the appeal on behalf of all stakeholders.

It comes as farmers in Ballyjamesduff say they’ll not stand down until there’s an increase in the base price paid for their animals.

In a statement to Northern Sound News this afternoon, the processor said it has over 500 employees anxiously waiting to return to work, many of their 10,000 farmer suppliers who want to sell their cattle and over 400 customers throughout Europe and Ireland who are waiting on their delivery of Irish beef.

They say the protests have had a “hugely negative impact” on the local and surrounding communities, as well as businesses and suppliers.

The company has factories in Ballyjamesduff, Ballinasloe in Galway and Hackettstown in Carlow.

Speaking with regards to the deal struck last weekend, the spokesperson said it was “disappointing” to see no movement with blockades, and it called on farmers to give the agreement a chance to work and get the business moving again.

The company concluded by saying some of their customers are actively looking to Europe for alternative beef suppliers, and that lost business will be difficult to win back.