A Mayo Senator is due to sit down with the Finance Minister in the next number of days to push the case for an additional funding provision for suckler farmers in the budget.

Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin says that she is concerned about the situation many suckler farmers find themselves in at present.

She says there are a huge percentage of farmers in this region that are suckler farmers and they are struggling for a number of reasons.

84% of cows in Mayo are suckler, with 93% in Roscommon/Leitrim falling under that bracket, while there is an overall figure of 81% for the west and northwest.

Senator Mulherin raised the matter at this week’s Joint Oireachtas Committee meeting and also met with IFA representatives ahead of their picket outside the meeting of the Beef Forum on Wednesday.

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