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IFA Farm Forestry Chairman Vincent Nally said that immediate action is required by the Government to address the crisis in the forest sector.

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Following a meeting with the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed today, IFA President Joe Healy said the Minister has to immediately call in the processors and retailers and tell them that the beef price to farmers has to improve.

“We had a clear message for the Minister: it’s time for him to stand up for farmers. The beef price index, for which the Minister himself took plenty of credit, shows the 21c/kg gap that has opened up between our price and the price in our main markets.”

“Farmers are at their wits end and they need the Minister on the pitch immediately before ‘price- setting Friday,” he said.

Prices reported as quoted or paid to IFA Members

  • Prices up 10c/kg – in spec cattle numbers tight.
  • Steer base €3.55/kg.
  • Heifers €3.55/3.60/kg.
  • Young Bulls O/R/U €3.20-3.55/kg.
  • Cows €2.60/3.20/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 355 355 260 – 320
Kepak Athleague 355 355 260 – 320
Moyvalley Meats 355 355 260 – 320
Euro Farm Foods 355 355 260 – 320
ABP Clones 355 355
Liffey Meats 355 355 260 – 320
Slaney Foods 355 355 260 – 320
Kepak Kilbeggan 355 355 260 – 320
Dawn Ballyhaunis 355 355 260 – 320
Ashbourne Meats 355 355 260 – 320
Meadowmeats Rathdowney 355 355 260 – 320
Foyle Meats                               *incl 10c China approved +10c 320-380kgs 355* 360*
Charleville Foods 355 355 260 – 320
Kepak Watergrasshill 355 355 260 – 320
ABP Bandon 355 355 260 – 320
ABP Cahir 355 355 260 – 320
ABP Waterford 355 355 260 – 320
Dawn Grannagh 355 355 260 – 320
ABP Nenagh 355 355 260 – 320
Farmers should insist on payment on the day for their cattle

 

IFA President Joe Healy has accused Dunnes Stores of being part of a race to the bottom with their discounting policy which has a direct and negative impact on the prices farmers get for their produce.

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The return of wet weather conditions means that unfortunately liftings have failed to progress over the last week. Many growers indicate that 10% of their crops remain to be harvested. For some individual cases 30-40% of crops remain to be harvested mainly in the Dublin/Louth region.

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