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IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said the beef trade is steady this week with the base price for steers at €3.80/kg and heifers making €3.90/kg. He said finished supplies are definitely tightening and demand remains very strong with some reports of top prices of €3.85 and €3.95/kg.

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Speaking at the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore this week, IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said increased direct payments and a strong live export trade are essential to maintain our national suckler cow herd, which he described as the backbone of the €2.5bn Irish beef sector.

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IFA President Joe Healy and National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods met the EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan at the National Ploughing Championships today to outline IFA’s strong opposition to any offer on beef which would increase access in the EU/Mercosur trade negotiations.

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IFA President Joe Healy and National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods met with the EU Chief negotiator for Mercosur and senior officials in Commissioner Malmstrom’s Cabinet in Brussels last week to outline Ireland’s strong opposition to any offer on beef which would increase access in the EU/Mercosur trade negotiations.

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IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said the positive change in sterling from 92p back to 88p must be reflected in stronger cattle prices back to farmers.

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