North West poultry producers stage protest

A number of poultry producers in the north west gathered in Cavan this morning to highlight income losses.


The producers and members of the IFA Poultry Committee convened at the main retailers in the town: Tesco, Aldi, Lidl, Dunnes and SuperValu.


IFA Poultry Chairman Andy Boylan says poultry growers are caught in a classic cost-price squeeze, adding that retailers cannot rely on producers to keep going in this situation.


He says there have been increases in the cost of gas, energy, labour and animal feed.


Vice Chairman of the Poultry Committee Brendan Soden said while the EU average price for eggs had increased by more than 13%, Ireland was one of only two EU states where the price had decreased by 8.4% in the past 12 months as feed costs increased by 36% on last year.


This morning’s protest in Cavan will begin at 11 o’clock.


Andy Boylan says the poultry sector is facing a number of problems.