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Farmers Gain More Control Over Beef Pricing

Primary producers within the beef sector can now engage with processors in negotiating the supply and sale price of their cattle was announced yesterday (4 January) by Agriculture, Food and Marine Minister Michael Creed.

He awarded contracts to Agribusiness and Food Policy Consultants; Clare Consultants — trading as Philip Farrelly and Partners; Farrelly and Scully Ltd; Livestock Internet Services; Philip Farrelly and Co and Teagasc for the provision of advisory services to producer organisations in the beef sector, reports the Irish Examiner.

Minister Creed reportedly said that the scheme will firstly facilitate the provision of advice in farm business planning and beef production planning; and secondly for the provision of advice on the establishment and recognition of a producer organisation as a legal entity which is a requirement of EU regulations.

“Producer organisations across the agricultural sector can conduct important functions on behalf of their members, such as refining supply in response to market demand, improving the branding of products and optimising production costs,” he said.

“This is a very important step in allowing primary producers to proactively engage with processors in negotiating the supply and sale price of their cattle,” said Mr Creed.

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