Comiskey calls for urgent action on sheep crisis

IFA Sheep Chairman Kevin Comiskey has called for urgent action as the crisis in the sheep sector deepens with prices well below last year’s levels.

He said prices this year are still 70c/kg behind last year with input costs on sheep farms showing no signs of reducing.

The Sheep Chairman said “the time for talking was over”.

“With prices running almost €16/lamb behind last year’s levels, sheep farmers are facing into a critical situation if urgent action is not taken by the Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue,” he said.

“Two weeks ago, the Minister told us he had instructed his officials to look at what supports could be provided. It’s now time for the Minister to come forward with his proposals.

“The time for talking is over. We must hear now from the Minister what his intentions are and how he proposes to support sheep farmers at this critical time”.