IFA Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said supplies of finished cattle remain extremely tight. Factory agents are very active on the ground and in marts in attempts to secure numbers of suitably-finished cattle for immediate slaughter. Farmers should strongly resist lower-quoted prices.
In a meeting with the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed last Thursday before the UK voted, Angus Woods had called for the Beef Forum to be reconvened. In light of the result on Friday last, it is a matter of urgency that the Minister immediately convenes the Beef Forum.
Angus Woods said there are a number of issues that need to be addressed, including clear direction and certainty for beef farmers in relation to our most important export market, both in the short term and the long term.