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IFA National Livestock Chairman Henry Burns said there is a real opportunity now for Ireland to open the live export market to Turkey and he called on the Minister for Agriculture to prioritise the negotiations in agreeing the access arrangements with the Turkish authorities. He said IFA has been working on live exports to Turkey for some time and this needs to be intensified at Ministerial level.

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Analysis of the 2015 slaughter data by the IFA shows that carcase weight and age are the major specifications factors impacting on price returns to farmers and knocking them out of receiving in-spec bonuses under the Quality Payment System (QPS).

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Following the IFA Rally outside Slaney Meats in Bunclody, Co Wexford yesterday, IFA National Livestock Chairman Henry Burns has acknowledged today’s move by the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney that he will write to the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) about the ABP investment in Slaney Meats.

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IFA National Livestock Chairman Henry Burns said IFA has called a Livestock Rally for Slaney Meats in Bunclody, Co Wexford for Sunday, Feb 7th at 2pm to highlight the price and competition issues in the beef sector, and around the proposed takeover of the company.

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IFA National Livestock Committee Chairman Henry Burns said IFA has always supported the producer group concept, but Minister Coveney has to address the fundamental issues on price and weights.

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