Comiskey hits out at lack of sheep support

IFA National Sheep Chair Kevin Comiskey has heavily criticised both meat factories and Government for what he describes as “a lack of meaningful support to sheep farmers”.

He said the crises in the sheep sector is deepening as prices continue to lag behind last year’s levels with an estimated €10.5 million wiped of farmers’ incomes in 2023 to date when compared to the price differential from last year.

“Farmers cannot continue to sustain this level of cuts. Confidence in the sector is extremely low and farmers are exiting the sector due to the lack of support,” the IFA National Sheep Chair said.

“Factories and the Government are acutely aware of the loss-making situation sheep farmers are in but refuse to support them”.