FF Backs Calls For Beef Industry Regulator

Fianna Fáil has backed calls by the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association for the appointment of a regulator for the beef industry.

The farmers association claim that the appointment of a regultor would create a more equitable balance of power between the farmer and the processor.

"The beef sector is an integral part of the Irish Agri-Food industry and is worth €2bn a year to the economy. However, over the past 12 months we have witnessed a collapse in bull beef prices with factories shifting the goal posts on producers", Fianna Fáil’s Agriculture spokesperson Éamon Ó Cuív said.

Adding: "Beef producers are being penalised by processors who are changing specifications of age and weight and refusing to slaughter cattle. This has caused prices to plummet.

"If the government is serious about achieving the Food Harvest 2020 targets for the beef industry and protecting the national herd it needs to establish a beef regulator to balance the powers of processors and retailers."


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