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IFA President Joe Healy said the serious issues around weak competition in the beef sector, highlighted in the PMCA report commissioned by IFA into the ABP/Slaney deal, have not gone away and must be addressed if livestock farmers are to achieve a sustainable income from their production of top-quality Irish beef.

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IFA President Joe Healy said the serious issues around competition in the beef sector, highlighted in the PMCA report commissioned by IFA into the ABP/Slaney deal, have not gone away and must be addressed to have a sustainable and profitable beef sector for Irish livestock farmers.

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IFA President Joe Healy has called on Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to immediately intervene with the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) to insist that they seek the referral of the ABP/Slaney case from DG Competition in Brussels back to Ireland for investigation so that serious issues around competition in the sale of cattle are fully investigated.

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IFA National Livestock Chairman Henry Burns said cattle and sheep farmers have serious concerns on competition and the concentration of the kill with the proposed investment by the ABP Group in Slaney Meats and Irish Country Meats. He said ABP have confirmed that they are set to take a 50% stake in Slaney Foods, which involves the purchase of the Allen family stake in the business.

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