17 Aug 2016
GOODMAN WILL NOT DICTATE HOW IFA REPRESENTS FARMERS – HEALY
IFA President Joe Healy said farmers will not be dictated to by Larry Goodman on how IFA does its business. Farmers who are angry over the level of Goodman control of the beef sector will not tolerate his interference in how they are represented.
Joe Healy said he has written to Larry Goodman today, instructing him to suspend the collection of the levy on behalf of IFA, with immediate effect.
He said, “ABP will not dictate how IFA represents farmers or how farmers decide to support their Association”.
The IFA President said when he met the Managing Director of ABP Ireland, Finbarr McDonnell, and the Group Chief Executive, Frank Stephenson, yesterday, the only issues they raised with the IFA delegation were the Association’s concerns about the Slaney deal on competition grounds and their collection of the IFA levy.
In recent weeks, IFA submitted a report carried out by a leading competition economist to DG Competition in Brussels which concludes that the ABP proposed deal with Slaney ‘is likely to weaken competition even further’ in the purchase of cattle in a market already characterised by weak competition. Joe Healy said the anger of farmers over the lack of competition in the beef trade and the proposed ABP link with Slaney Meats was strongly highlighted at an IFA protest outside the Bunclody plant in February.
“ABP will not dictate to IFA and the Association will not be compromised on any issue in its representation of farmers. That’s why I have instructed Larry Goodman to suspend their collection of the IFA levy immediately.”
The IFA President made it clear that ABP Group is no longer authorised to collect any levy on behalf of IFA. Farmers who have concerns about monies deducted by the Group from today should contact the company directly.