beef talks

  • The Agriculture Minister is urging "continued constructive dialogue" between those involved in the ongoing beef sector dispute.

    Michael Creed's comments come after progress was made following discussions yesterday.

    Developments were made on market transparency and the introduction of a price index, according to the Irish Farmer's Association.

    Despite twelve hours of talks at the Department of Agriculture, further talks are expected on Thursday or next Monday.

    Pat O'Toole from the Irish Farmers Journal says it is in farmers interests to see things through so a deal can be reached.

  • The Agriculture Minister is set to intervene in talks today in a bid to end the long-running dispute between farmers and factories over animal prices.

    It's after the latest round of discussions between the Beef Plan Movement, Meat Industry Ireland and farming organisations ended last night without agreement, amid reports they were on the verge of collapse.


    IFA president Joe Healy says the 30-month age limit's been a particular sticking point in these talks.

    The  meeting is scheduled with Minister Creed in Backweston, in Celbridge at 10am this morning. 

    In a statement to Midwest News, Joe Healy said with Brexit just 72 days away, strong EU and Government support is urgently required for beef farmers who are in the middle of a severe income crisis. 

    On CAP,he says, it was agreed on the need for a fully funded CAP and to protect its share of the EU Budget, and ensure that the current level of direct payments to Irish beef farmers is protected.

    On imports, Joe Healy said IFA made a major issue on the damage to the EU beef market and prices from sub-standard beef imports from outside the EU. He said it was agreed “it should be ensured that imports which do not meet the same stringent standards as EU producers are banned”.

     IFA secured a strong position for additional funding for targeted direct support for suckler cows.

     It was agreed Bord Bia will develop a beef market price index model.

     It was also agreed that an independent grocery regulator is required.

  • Roscommon-Galway TD Eugene Murphy says it's essential that the talks between the Beef Sector stakeholders produce results for Irish farmers.

    The Fianna Fail TD says it was the determined action farmers supporting the Beef Plan  movement protests over the last two weeks that forced the meat factories to the negotiating table, and he says it's essential now that progress is made for farmers.

    Deputy Murphy welcomed progress on some issues at Monday's meeting at the Department of Agriculture, but says more needs to be done.

  • Talks in the ongoing beef dispute have "successfully concluded", according to the Agriculture Minister.

    Minister Michael Creed said that, after long and detailed negotiations, progress was made on "important initiatives aimed at improving transparency along the supply chain."

    Groups representing farmers and the meat industry agreed on a number of sticking points such as a review of the grid and a review of the criteria for the quality payment system bonus.

    Commitments were also agreed on promotional initiatives for the beef sector and market transparency initiatives.

    However, the Irish Farmer's Association says farmers will be disappointed that there is no increase on the main issue of beef prices.

    Galway-based IFA President Joe Healy said the fact that the talks took place on the pre-condition that price would not be discussed was ignoring the elephant in the room.

    With Brexit just 71 days away, he said strong EU and Government support is urgently required for beef farmers who are in the middle of a severe income crisis.