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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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An IFA livestock delegation led by the President Joe Healy met this week with Agriculture Minister Michael Creed in Dublin to highlight the severe income and price pressure on cattle farmers.

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IFA President Joe Healy has said that urgent Government action is needed to counteract the serious damage being done to farming enterprises in the beef and mushroom sectors arising from the recent sharp decline of Sterling.

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The beef and livestock sector is the very heartbeat of rural Ireland and must be defended and secured in the face of major challenges, IFA President Joe Healy said today at the AIB Tullamore Show.

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There is no room on the EU market for additional beef imports from Brazil or South America and it would be totally unacceptable to include beef in any trade deal offer by the EU to the Mercosur trading bloc in light of the uncertainty around Brexit, IFA President Joe Healy has said.

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