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IFA President Joe Healy has called on the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to intervene at the highest levels in Brussels to stop a bad EU-Mercosur trade deal, which would do untold damage to our €3bn beef and livestock sector.

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IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said the proposal from the Department of Agriculture to change the equations in the classification machines at meat plants, which determine the conformation and fat score of cattle, rewards factories over farmers and is totally unacceptable.

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Prices reported as quoted or paid to IFA Members

  • Steer base €3.90/3.95/kg.
  • Heifers €4.00/4.05/kg.
  • Young Bulls O/R/U €3.50-3.60/3.70-3.80/3.80-3.90/kg.
  • Cows €3.10/3.60/kg.
  • In-spec bonus 12c/kg above base price.
  FACTORY BASE QUOTES C/KG
  Steers Heifers Cows
Dunbia 390 400 310 – 360
Kepak Athleague 390 400 310 – 360
Moyvalley Meats 390 400 310 – 360
Euro Farm Foods 390 400 310 – 360
ABP Clones 390 400  
Slaney Foods 390 400 310 – 360
Kepak Kilbeggan 390 400 310 – 360
Liffey Meats 390 400 310 – 360
Kildare Chilling 390 400 310 – 360
Dawn Ballyhaunis 390 400 310 – 360
Ashbourne Meats 390 400 310 – 360
Meadowmeats Rathdowney 390 400 310 – 360
Foyle Meats                               *+15c 300-380kgs 385* 390* 310 – 360
Charleville Foods 390 400 310 – 360
Kepak Watergrasshill 390 400 310 – 360
ABP Bandon 390 400 310 – 360
ABP Cahir 390 400 310 – 360
ABP Waterford 390 400 310 – 360
Dawn Grannagh 390 400 310 – 360
ABP Nenagh 390 400 310 – 360
Farmers should insist on payment on the day for their cattle

 

At IFA’s first regional information meeting in Claremorris for livestock farmers on the €100m beef fund, there was backing for the six key principles that the IFA Livestock Committee and National Council set out for the distribution of the fund.

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IFA President Joe Healy said the National Farm Survey results published today expose the fragility of farm incomes and should serve as a ‘wake up’ call at EU and Government level.

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