The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine is meeting with beef industry stakeholders today to discuss the current bull beef crisis.
Industry representatives from the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association, the Irish Farmers’ Association, the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association and the Irish Cooperative Organisation Society (ICOS) will address the committee on the issue. The proceedings will conclude with Ibec’s Meat Industry Ireland addressing the committee regarding their views on the challenges the industry is facing.
Committee Chairman Andrew Doyle sais: “Since the end of 2013, factory prices for bull beef have fallen dramatically, placing considerable financial pain on farm families engaged in the sector.
“As a Committee, we are keen to engage proactively with a wide range of stakeholders, including producer and processor representatives, to assess what policy steps are necessary to bolster the industry. Acutely aware of the need to explore all alternatives, the Committee will discuss with ICOS how the obstacles hindering live cattle trade on a North/South basis can be overcome.”
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