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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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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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