Beef Prices

  • Beef farmers are again protesting in Dublin today, with large parts of the city centre closed.

    The group of independent farmers say many won't survive into the new year if beef prices remain below the cost of production.

    They want an emergency meeting of the beef task force and an immediate increase in prices.

     

     

  • One of the country's largest retail distribution centres is being blockaded by farmers in a protest over beef prices.

    The Irish Farmers' Association has begun a 12 hour protest outside the Aldi nationwide warehouse in Naas, blocking access to delivery trucks.

    They're demanding better prices for beef, claiming prices in Ireland are well below UK and EU levels.

    IFA Connacht Regional Chairman Padraic Joyce says the price differences have left farmers very angry which has resulted in huge numbers turning out in Nass this morning.

  • Farmers are continuing their campaign for higher beef prices with a protest in Kildare this morning.

    The Irish Farmers' Association has blockaded the Musgraves Central Distribution Centre in Kilcock.

    It follows a similar demonstration in Dublin yesterday, as well as two in Cork and Kildare last week.

    Galway based IFA President Joe Healy says beef farmers should not accept the current beef price on offer from the factories.

  • Protesters at the Kepak meat factory in Athleague Co Roscommon have blockaded a truck leaving the factory.

    RTÉ News reports they obtained video footage that shows some protesters with their heads and faces covered, while one person is seen wearing a balaclava.

    The incident occurred this morning as three refrigerated lorries were leaving the facility.

    Protesters stopped the third lorry leaving the plant.

    Gardaí arrived at the scene earlier this afternoon and spoke to the protesters.

    A High Court order granted earlier this week prohibits such activity taking place outside meat plants.

  • The Government is being urged to be more pro-active in its efforts to resolve the stand-off between farmers and retailers over the price of beef.

     

    It comes as UK retailers were invited  to attend the next meeting of of the Beef Taskforce with their Irish counterparts.

     

    The meeting is due to take place on January 9.

     

    At a meeting earlier this month, leading farming groups said there was an urgent need for the base price paid for cattle by retailers to rise.

     

    Independent TD Mattie McGrath rejected the Government's claim that they can't intervene in the market saying they do in the US and France.

     

    He said farmers can't sustain another year like 2019:

  • Beef farmers from across the region are among the IFA members continuing to blockade Aldi's main distribution centre in Naas, Co. Kildare this evening.

    The German retailer says it received no request for engagement from the Irish Farmers' Association, before around 50 members began blocking trucks from accessing its facility this morning.

    The 12-hour picket is being staged to demand immediate beef price increases, to bring them in line with the UK and EU.

    The Galway-based IFA President, Joe Healy says further blockades of retail distribution centres could take place before Christmas unless beef prices are increased immediately.

  • The IFA has written to the Competition Authority seeking an urgent meeting, to clarify the authority's position on cattle prices being discussed at beef talks.

    Galway-based IFA President Joe Healy says the Beef Plan movement were advised that they would have to accept a pre-condition that prices could not be discussed, before entering into the recent talks.

    Those talks ended last week with a deal, which has since been rejected by the Beef Plan movement, and unofficial farmer protests are underway at several meat plants across the country in an effort to ensure better cattle prices.

    The IFA President says it's unclear why such a pre-condition applied, and he's looking for an explanation from the Competition Authority before re-entering any talks.

    Mr Healy believes that talks being held, without price being on the table, is a waste of time and makes a mockery of beef farmers....

  • Members of the Irish Farmers Association will meet with the Agriculture Minister later today.

    It's part of farmers' ongoing campaign to secure a better price for their animals from meat processors.

    IFA members have been blockading supermarket distribution centres over the past week to highlight their frustration, with last night's protest outside Dunnes Stores in Cornelscourt in Dublin lasting until the early hours.

  • A Mayo Fianna Fail TD has accused the Agriculture Minister of abandoning beef farmers as they struggle in the face of plummeting prices.

    Dara Calleary says that since July of this year prices are down by 33% and believes that despite this the Government have turned a blind eye to the hardship many farmers are suffering.

    Deputy Calleary feels farmers are finding it incredibly difficult to remain viable and is urging Minister Creed to take action and examine what supports could be made available to the farmers in most need of assistance.

  • A Mayo Senator is calling for an investigation into the prices being paid by meat factories to farmers for beef. Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway Walsh has called for an investigation into whether or not a cartel is in operation by a small number of factories.

    She raised the matter at the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture earlier this week.

     Representatives of three farming organisations were present – the IFA, the ICMSA and the INHFA.

    The Senator believes that the low prices being paid by factories to farmers at present means that many farmers in this region can no longer afford to continue in beef production.

  • Mayo Senator Rose-Conway Walsh is adding her voice to calls for the immediate reconvening of the Joint Oireachtas Agriculture Committee.

    The Sinn Fein Senator says it's blatantly obvious that the current pricing model for beef is not working for farmers, and says the situation cannot be allowed to continue.

    Sinn Fein has launched a new Mandatory Beef Price Transparency Bill, which she says would provide much-needed transparency to Irish farmers regarding beef prices, through the establishment of a beef market observatory which would report on cattle prices on a daily basis.

    Senator Conway-Walsh says it's unacceptable that the substantive issue of pricing was not discussed at the last round of talks, and says it's important that Minister Michael Creed reconvenes talks between the stakeholders in the beef sector as a matter of urgency.

     

  • A farmers protest is continuing for a second day in Dublin - disrupting traffic for morning commuters in the city.

    The independent group of farmers organising the protest had insisted they meet with the Agriculture Minister Michael Creed.

    Without prior notification, Minister Creed came out to talk to farmers for about 10 minutes earlier this morning - he said he understood their concerns and was trying to get the beef taskforce back up and running.

    However, the organisers insisted they were staying put until the Minister met with an appointed delegation.

    It's understood that meeting is now taking place in the lobby of the Dept of Agriculture, and the farmers have handed a letter to Minister Creed with their demands.

    Getting injunctions against two farmers lifted following the recent beef protests, and better prices for beef are among the main issues.

  • Farmers are warning they may return to Dublin to protest in the coming days.

    Tractors blocked traffic at St. Stephen's Green for several hours yesterday, in their campaign over beef prices.

    The demonstration was called off at about eight o'clock last night, but a spokesperson says there may be further disruption in the near future if their concerns aren't addressed.

    They're calling on the Minister for Agriculture to convene an emergency meeting of the beef taskforce to talk specifically about prices.

    The new president of the Irish Farmers' Association says getting a fair price for beef is his number one priority.

    Tipperary farmer Tim Cullinan defeated John Coughlan and Angus Woods in the race to succeed Galway farmer Joe Healy as President.

    The results were announced in Dublin yesterday evening, and Tim Cullinan says his focus is on beef and restructuring the association, once he takes over next month: