IFA National Sheep Committee Chairman John Lynskey said lambs are a bit tighter at the factories this week, and with sterling back at 88p/€, the influx and influence of Northern lamb imports will be less.
IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said the beef trade is steady this week with the base price for steers at €3.80/kg and heifers making €3.90/kg. He said finished supplies are definitely tightening and demand remains very strong with some reports of top prices of €3.85 and €3.95/kg.
IFA President Joe Healy said today’s speech by British Prime Minister Theresa May was disappointing and does not move forward the Brexit talks, nor does it address our concerns about the future trading relationship between the EU and the UK.
Speaking at the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore this week, IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said increased direct payments and a strong live export trade are essential to maintain our national suckler cow herd, which he described as the backbone of the €2.5bn Irish beef sector.
Speaking following the National Ploughing Championship this week, IFA National Liquid Milk Committee Chairman John Finn today said that loud claims by retailers that they care about farmers and food suppliers’ sustainability ring hollow with farmers when their produce is being ruthlessly discounted in a bid for market share.
A change in Government policy on forestry is needed to ensure the sector can reach its potential to create jobs and help Ireland to meet its climate change and renewable energy targets, while ensuring a balanced regional spread, IFA President Joe Healy has said.
IFA President Joe Healy and National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods met the EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan at the National Ploughing Championships today to outline IFA’s strong opposition to any offer on beef which would increase access in the EU/Mercosur trade negotiations.