19 October 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Michael McDonnell

Fears were mounting this week for the future of Co-operative Poultry Products Ltd, Cootehill, which is understood to be in serious financial difficulties due to increased production costs over the last 18 months.
Up on 90 processing jobs are at risk in the long-established chicken production plant at Dyan, off the Monaghan road about two miles outside Cootehill, while the livelihoods of 28 chicken growers (about one third of whom are the shareholders in the company) are also in jeopardy.
The Northern Standard has learned that no day-old chickens have been placed with the growers since Monday of last week, October 8th, by the company, which goes under the trading name of Cootehill Farms. This would make a shut-down of production inevitable within four to five weeks unless another plant were to take over the operation.
It is believed that a number of companies in the industry had expressed an interest in buying the Cootehill firm in recent months and weeks, including College Proteins in Nobber, Co Westmeath, Western Brand Chicken Ltd in Co Mayo, and Moy Park, which originated in Northern Ireland and has also facilities in England, France, and the Netherlands.
Another leading company in the wider poultry industry had visited the factory yesterday, Wednesday 17th, to explore the options in that regard.
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