Meat Industry Ireland

Poultry

The Poultry sector accounts for some 2% of agricultural output and supports 6,000 jobs mainly in rural areas. There are some 350 poultry farms which provide birds for processing in seven processing plants. Approximately 78 million birds are processed in Ireland annually.

Meat Industry Ireland (MII) strongly believes that substantial growth opportunities exist for the Irish poultry sector to take a share of rising global demand in the coming years. However, the real opportunity lies in the domestic market and MII believes that sales of Irish fresh chicken on the home market can be doubled in the coming years, driving a major expansion opportunity at farm level.