Pig Farmers protest outside Department of Agriculture

Pig farmers from the North West joined others from across the Country earlier this morning outside of the  Department of Agriculture this morning for an Irish Farmers’ Association demonstration seeking a Government bailout for the sector.


Pig farmers are seeking a €100 million package, half of which they have committed to pay back over a 14 year period.

Around 300 farmers have been losing on average €56,000 per month each since last September, due to increasing feed and energy costs and poor prices for pig meat.


Minister for Agriculture and Donegal TD Minister McConalogue says the government is working at national and EU level to support the sector through this current serious challenge.


Frank Brady is the Ulster Regional Chair of the IFA, he says Pig farmers need support.