beef crisis

  • Farmers are calling for urgent action from the Government to save the country's beef trade.

    The IFA is lobbying TDs and Senators in Dublin today on the beef crisis.

    They say they're finding it almost impossible to sell their stock because of poor prices, the weakness of sterling and the uncertainty surrounding Brexit.

    IFA representatives from every county will attend, seeking urgent action by the Agriculture Minister Michael Creed.

  • The Irish Farmers Association President says he's 'hopeful' fresh talks aimed at resolving the beef dispute will end the crisis.

    Discussions are expected to resume on Monday, three weeks after the orginals talks broke down.

    Farmers are calling on factories to give them a better price for their animals.

    However, Meat Industry Ireland says the price they get represents the average in a tough EU market.

    IFA President, Joe Healy, says it's important a resolution is found.

  • High Court actions taken by a number of meat factories against protesting beef farmers have been discontinued, court documents lodged last week show.

    Other factories are expected to end their pursuit of legal remedies in the coming days and weeks.

    The Irish Independent reports that two processors, Kepak and Anglo Beef Processing Ireland, have both filed a Notice of Discontinuance in their High Court proceedings against farmers after protests at their factories ended last week.

    They were two of a number of factories nationwide which sought legal action after protests disrupted meat production at their plants, leading to thousands of people being laid off work.

    The protests at factory gates were stood down last week following marathon talks at the Department of Agriculture between processors and farmers' groups.

    The agreement will see increased prices for beef farmers and reform of the sector but was due to come into effect once all protests ended.

  • Meat Industry Ireland has pulled out of today's talks aimed at resolving the dispute between farmers and meat factories over beef prices.

    The group says it has pulled out of talks until all illegal blockades outside meat factories have been lifted.

    Farmers are continuing to  protest at some 20 meat processing plants across the country - which represent 80% of processing capacity.

    Meat Industry Ireland has expressed frustration at the refusal of protesters to respond to the Agriculture  Minister's call to step back while talks resume.

    The ICSA has called on Meat Industry Ireland to reconsider its decision to abstain from the talks, saying the onus is on the processors to come to the talks and bring real offers to the table, as farmers cannot survive at current prices, which are well below the cost of production.

    Macra na Feirme has also expressed disappointment the MII has withdrawn from the talks, and says it puts the future of the entire beef sector at risk as no progress can be made in the absence of the meat industry representatives.


  • The Agriculture Minister is urging Meat Industry Ireland to reflect on their decision to withdraw from beef talks.

    Talks between all stakeholders involved were due to resume yesterday but MII pulled out because farmers continue to protest at processing plants.

    Meat Industry Ireland says the blockades are forcing some factories to close indefinitely, and says lay-offs will result.

    Minister Michael Creed expressed disappointment at the failure of both sides to meet yesterday evening, and has urged all parties to engage in a positive way for try and resolve the current impasse.

    Minister Creed says it's essential that MII engages with farmers.

    Meanwhile, farmers protesting outside Dawn Meats in Ballyhaunis today say they will stay put, despite demands from Meat Industry Ireland to step away from the factory protests.

  • The independent chairman of talks in the beef dispute is expected to appear before the Oireachtas agriculture committee later.

    It comes as unofficial protests by farmers are continuing outside up to 17 meat factories - including Dawn Meats in Ballyhaunis.

    Meat Industry Ireland says some plants are now fully blockaded, and that it's affecting beef exports. In a statement released last night, it says 17 plants are now affected, with some fully blockaded.
    It comes despite a series of High Court injunctions being in place, banning protests outside several factories.
    However, the group says it's not yet at the point where supplies of beef to Irish supermarkets are affected.

    Fine Gael TD and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee Pat Deering says the committee has been reconvened to try and resolve the issues involved....