23 November 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

PLANS to establish a single representative body to highlight and pursue the interests of people working in all aspects of the poultry sector took a first major step on Friday night last at a public meeting organised by Marion Harkin MEP for the North and West region WRITES MICHAEL McDONNELL.
Up 100 people involved in the poultry industry, which has long been a major sector in the Monaghan and Cavan areas, including broiler chicken growers, egg layers, egg packagers, free-range producers and others in the sector attended the meeting at the Errigal Hotel, Cootehill —where it was agreed that a strong, single organisation is to be established to represent all concerned, from primary producers to processing plants.
The meeting was arranged in the wake of last month’s closure of Co-operative Poultry Products, Cootehill, where up on 90 jobs were lost, with the factory citing increased costs over the last 18 months, particularly in relation to chicken meal, as well as the high levels of imports as major factors in what had happened.
 The Cootehill plant had been in operation for over 50 years, and was one of only four major production plants still operating in the Republic of Ireland, and its closure has sounded alarm bells across …

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