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Farmers to engage in 'crisis talks' with Monaghan meat processor

May 10, 2022 14:05 By News Northern Sound
Farmers to engage in 'crisis talks' with Monaghan meat processor Farmers to engage in 'crisis talks' with Monaghan meat processor
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The IFA is protesting outside a number of locations today, in a call for price increases.

A Cavan farmer who has worked in the pig industry for 40 years says things have never looked as "dire."

Michael Caffrey from Moutnugent is protesting alongside other farmers today at the gates of Connolly's Pork and Bacon, Scotstown.

Local farmers are calling for a 30 cent per kilo increase in pig meat by the end of the month.

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This would bring the price to €2 per kg, which according to a Teagasc report is 25 cent below the break-even mark.

However, Mr Caffrey claims it is "vitally important" that pig farmers get their share, as morale within the industry is at an all time low, with the rising cost of living putting farmers under more pressure than ever before.

While protestors are due to meet with the Monaghan meat processor today for make or break talks.

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IFA Regional Chair Frank Brady, says Connolly's Pork and Bacon have "welcomed" the protest, which has stopped produce leaving or entering the factory today.

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