Livestock Farmers 'Cannot Survive' Current Beef Market - IFA

Livestock farmers cannot survive with unviable beef prices and severe specification cuts, Irish Farmers Association Eddie Downey said.

Speaking at an IFA Livestock Meeting in Navan, Mr Downey said: "With beef prices in our main markets in the UK and across the EU stable and recovering, the current attack on prices by the factories cannot be justified. The anger and frustration of farmers over the way their incomes have been decimated is very real and farmers feel betrayed by the unacceptable behaviour of retailers and processors this year."

Mr Downey went on to call on the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney, Bord Bia and the meat processors to "fight back" against specification cuts, which he said are "extremely damaging to the Irish beef sector and our top quality grass based beef production systems."

Mr Downey's statement can be read in full on the IFA website.


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