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IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said cattle supplies at the factories remain very scarce and both agents and procurement managers are scaremongering on price to try to frighten farmers out with stock. He said, “The reality for any farmer who has been in a factory lairage over the last two weeks is that numbers are extremely tight and factories are crying out for stock.”

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IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed that the Chinese market is opening for Irish beef.

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IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods has said the break in Mercosur talks until tomorrow is an opportunity for Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan to face down the Trade Commissioner and force a rethink on the sell-out of beef farmers.

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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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