RACE TO THE BOTTOM HAS TO STOP AND BEEF PRICES MUST RISE

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Speaking at the Beef Taskforce meeting in Dublin today, the IFA President Joe Healy told the main retailers that the unsustainable discounting of top-quality beef was a race to the bottom that has to stop.

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IFA President, Joe Healy has written to Minister Jim Daly to request an urgent meeting on the status of the Nursing Home Support Scheme (Amendment) Bill.

“The Government approved the proposal to introduce a three-year cap on productive assets where a family member commits to working the asset in July 2018. However, 18 months later we are still waiting for the Bill to be drafted,” said the IFA President.

He said the Bill must be published as a matter of urgency and introduced in the Oireachtas during this session.

Caroline Farrell, Farm Family & Social Affairs Chair said that farm families have been waiting too long for this amendment and with each passing month the viability of family farms is being undermined.

“The Government must give a commitment to back date the proposed three-year cap to July 2018 when it was approved by the Government and agree to pay back contributions to the cost of care to all farmers that satisfy the three-year cap as of that date.”

She said that farm families must not be financially penalised as a result of delays in the legislative drafting process.

Prices reported as quoted or paid to IFA Members

  • Strong factory demand.
  • Prices rising.
  • Steer base €3.60 – 3.65/kg.
  • Heifers €3.60 – 3.65/kg.
  • Young Bulls O/R/U €3.30-3.60/kg.
  • Cows €2.80/3.40/kg.
  • In-spec bonus 20c/kg for under 30 months and 8c/kg for 30 to 36 months.
  • 12c/kg bonus for under 30 month steers and heifers grading O- and those with a fat class of 4+ that meet all other in spec criteria.
FACTORY BASE QUOTES C/KG
Steers Heifers Cows
Dawn Slane 360 360 280 – 330
Kepak Athleague 360 360 280 – 330
Moyvalley Meats 360 360 280 – 330
Euro Farm Foods 360 360 280 – 330
ABP Clones 360 360
Liffey Meats 360 360 280 – 330
Slaney Foods 360 360 280 – 330
Kepak Kilbeggan 360 360 280 – 330
Dawn Ballyhaunis 360 360 280 – 330
Ashbourne Meats 360 360 280 – 330
Meadowmeats Rathdowney 360 360 280 – 330
Foyle Meats                                     *incl 10c China approved +10c 320-380kgs 360* 365*
Charleville Foods 360 360 280 – 330
Kepak Watergrasshill 360 360 280 – 330
ABP Bandon 360 360 280 – 330
ABP Cahir 360 360 280 – 330
ABP Waterford 360 360 280 – 330
Dawn Grannagh 360 360 280 – 330
ABP Nenagh 360 360 280 – 330
Farmers should insist on payment on the day for their cattle

Brendan Golden has been elected as the new Chairman of the IFA National Livestock Committee at a meeting in Portlaoise this week.

He will take over from outgoing Chairman Angus Woods at the Annual General Meeting on Monday, Jan 27th.

Brendan Golden is suckler beef farmer from Killala Co Mayo, finishing mainly steer and young bull beef. He also sells some finished cows and heifer weanlings. He farms 70 suckler cows on 80 ha of owned and rented land alongside his wife Ann and three sons.

Speaking after his election, Brendan Golden said the challenges in the beef and livestock sector are immense. He said never was it more important for Irish beef farmers to adopt the principles of Unity, Strength and Delivery to improve the income situation of farmers on the ground.

Brendan Golden’s key priorities for beef and livestock farmers include;

  • An immediate lift in cattle prices to restore viability and increase farm incomes
  • Restoring and maintaining strong direct payments in CAP 2020 and through Farm Schemes.
  • Protecting the beef sector against Brexit and other trade deals.
  • Defending EU production standards and grass-based systems on environmental, food safety and traceability grounds.
  • Maximising market access for beef and live exports.
  • Supporting and maintaining the national suckler cow herd.

Brendan Golden said the Minister for Agriculture and the EU Commissioner for Agriculture must be prepared to stand up and fearlessly defend the Irish and European beef farmer and the family farm model.

Brendan Golden and the National Livestock Committee thanked the outgoing Chairman Angus Woods for strong and honest leadership of beef farmers over the last four years at national and European level.

The election was conducted by the IFA National Returning officer Richard Kennedy.

Overview

This season’s growing conditions have been better for some crops than others. It was certainly a more favourable season than last year’s drought-stricken conditions. The looming uncertainty of Brexit and trading environment made it very difficult to plan for the future.

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