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Speaking at a high level COPA beef event in Brussels this evening attended by EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan and Agriculture Ministers from across the EU, IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said there needs to be a much stronger and more robust defence of the European beef sector and family farm model of quality beef production with higher standards. “The beef sector is under constant attack from many areas and must fight back. This has to start with our political leaders”.

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IFA President Joe Healy said Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s first visit to France today to meet President Emmanuel Macron is an opportunity to discuss the Mercosur negotiations and strongly support the tough stance taken by President Macron.

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Speaking following the decision today by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) to clear the acquisition of Dunbia by Dawn Meats, IFA President Joe Healy said the CCPC must take their head out of the sand and address the serious lack of competition in the Irish beef sector.

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With reports from Brussels that the EU Commission have agreed a new substantial offer on beef for the Mercosur trade negotiations, IFA President Joe Healy said it is a major mistake for the EU Commission to make this offer at this time given the huge uncertainty over Brexit and the ongoing scandals in Brazil over their failure to meet EU standards.

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With leaks from Brussels that the EU Commission is about to make an offer on beef in the Mercosur trade talks, IFA President Joe Healy said Irish beef farmers are depending on EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan and Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to strongly oppose any offer on beef in the negotiations.

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