Glanbia is planning to close the plant in the Co Waterford village of Kilmeaden and split production between one of its own facilities in Ballyragget, Co Kilkenny, and a Dairygold Co-op plant in Mitchelstown, Co Cork.
Farmers in Co Waterford have revolted against the idea. A protest meeting of milk suppliers, plant staff and local politicians has been held to plan a resistance campaign.
Said one dairy farmer: “How can we continue to call it Kilmeaden cheese if it’s being made in Kilkenny and Cork?”
Glanbia blames increasing cost pressures on dairy production for the decision.