One would be forgiven for thinking that the dairy sector is the only agri sector growing and prospering in Ireland. However, we see that broiler and duck production is growing, and growing quite significantly. Most recent statistics for the Republic to the end of September 2018 show Irish poultry production has continued to rise, increasing by 1.8m birds compared to the year previously. The same holds through for chicken meat and egg production in Northern Ireland.

The growth in new entrants and the growth in existing businesses in the poultry sector is clearly seen. In the border regions of Cavan and Monaghan there are almost 75 new planning applications in the poultry space alone with most of them (about 60%) in the poultry meat sector, but a large proportion in egg production also.