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Following a meeting regarding farmer concerns over Quality Assurance audits, IFA President Eddie Downey said Bord Bia has agreed that photographic evidence will only be taken with the explicit permission of the farmer in advance, and as a means of sorting problems without the need for another farm visit.

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IFA National Livestock Chairman Henry Burns has said the cattle trade remains strong with factories paying a base of €4.30 for steers and €4.40 for heifers and top-ups to both base prices ranging from 3c to 5c/kg extra in places to get numbers.

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IFA National Sheep Committee Chairman John Lynskey has called on the lamb factories to stop the price cuts and stabilise the lamb market. He said the severe price cuts of the last two weeks are inflicting acute income damage on the sheep sector. He added that sheep farmers are angry that the factories moved so hard and so quickly with price cuts of 40c-50c/kg in the last week.

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