At first glance, it may look that this deal between Kepak and 2 Sisters is of little direct interest to Irish farmers as it is taking place outside the island of Ireland. However, this deal could be transformative for Kepak and propels them alongside ABP and Dawn Meats in terms of reach and scale.

Between them, ABP, Dawn Meats and Kepak now control 60% of the entire combined cattle kill in the UK and Ireland. This would see the three Irish companies processing around 2.7m cattle in total per year.