Farmers don’t rule out more Roscommon Kepak protests over low sheep prices


The Chairman of the ICSA sheep committee says protests will be mounted again at the gates of the Kepak plant in Athleague if prices drop significantly again.

A protest was mounted for two days at the Athleague plant last week due to the price of €4.80 a kilo being offered for sheep which was the lowest in the country on that day.The blockade was lifted to allow for a meeting to take place between the two sides on last Thursday and Sean McNamara says while they didn’t get the €5.20 a kilo which they wanted, the price has steadied at the €5 euro mark.


Mr McNamara says even with the €5 euro being paid it only means that farmers are barely breaking even, and any big drop in prices will see protests back on the gates at Athleague.