At a meeting of the IFA National Livestock Committee in the Farm Centre in Dublin today, Angus Woods from County Wicklow was elected as the new Chairman of the IFA National Livestock Committee.
Speaking following his election, Angus Woods said his main priority will be tackling the difficult income problem in livestock farming. He said “strong viable cattle prices and active competition are essential for the beef sector.”
The new IFA Livestock Chairman also emphasised the importance of direct payments to the incomes of livestock farmers and maintaining a strong CAP, with a strong budget. He said he was very clear that the incomes of livestock farmers must improve.
Angus Woods said cattle prices, currently at a base of €4.00/kg, need to increase as they are well below the costs of production for winter finishers.
A mixed livestock, sheep and tillage farmer from Ballinabarney in County Wicklow, Angus Woods is a member of the Barndarrig branch and Wicklow County Executive of the IFA. He has served on the National Livestock Committee for the last six years.
Angus Woods thanked the outgoing National Livestock Chairman Henry Burns from County Laois who he said had worked tirelessly for livestock farmers in his role as National Livestock Chairman for the last four years.