Michael Creed

  • Agreement's been reached between Meat Industry Ireland representatives and Farm Organisations in the beef dispute.

     

    In a statement, the Agriculture Minister, Michael Creed says the talks have ended this afternoon.

     

    They've agreed on a two strand agreement for the reform of the Irish Beef Sector.

     

    The deal involves a number of interventions, to provide immediate benefit for beef producers, as well as a range of strategic steps to address structural imbalances in the sector.

     

    The Minister says a number of actions in the area of market transparency, beef promotion and strengthening the position of the farmer in the supply chain were agreed upon.

     

    The agreement includes...

     

    An increase of 66% in the current in-spec bonus for steers and heifers from 12c/kg to 20c/kg;

     

    The introduction of a new bonus of 8c/kg for steers and heifers aged between 30 to 36 months,  which meet all non-age related existing in-spec criteria, and which up to now have not received any bonus;

     

    The introduction of a number of new bonuses and reforms.

     

    An independent Beef Market taskforce will also be established.

     

    The agreement will come into effect once blockades end outside all meat factories.

  • Beef slaughtering operations remain suspended at major meat plants this evening, ahead of talks tomorrow aimed at resolving the ongoing dispute with farmers.

    Meat Industry Ireland, which pulled out of planned discussions last Monday, says it WILL attend the meeting at the Department of Agriculture in Dublin.

    Minister Michael Creed is appealing to all sides to enter the talks in good faith, claiming now is the time for people to take a step back from entrenched positions.

    The row over beef prices has seen production stopped at many factories due to blockades by farmers.

  • There's a call on the Agriculture Minister to use all resources available at today's talks to resolve the beef dispute.

    The Beef Plan Movement is making the call as it prepares to enter face to face negotiations with Meat Industry Ireland.

    Many factories have stopped production due to picketing by farmers who are unhappy over prices for their meat.

  • The Irish Natura and Hill Farmers’ Association recently received further recognition for its work on behalf of its members.

    At the farm organisation’s recent annual general meeting (AGM) in the Sligo Southern Hotel, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, extended an invitation to the INHFA to participate in a number of committees.

    Addressing those gathered at the AGM, Minister Creed said: “I am pleased to extend an invitation to the INHFA to participate now in the Farmers Charter Monitoring Committee, in the Rural Development Monitoring Committee and in the Direct Payments Advisory Committee.

    Gerry Loftus of the INHFA says this is a huge step forward for the organisation.

  • The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine has confirmed access to the Japanese market for Irish sheep meat.

    Minister Michael Creed said the deal was ‘agreed in principle’ during a Trade Mission to Tokyo last month and that an export certificate as proposed by my Department will take effect from next Friday 19 July.

    According to CSO trade statistics, total agri-food exports to Japan in 2018 amounted to €115 million, double the level of exports in 2016.

    Minister Creed said that the trade deal was a ‘strong endorsement of Irish food safety and quality credentials’ and thanked Japanese officials for the rapid conclusion of the formalities of sheep meat access.

    Details will be confirmed to industry shortly via a Trader Notice.

  • One of the demands from farmers in the current beef dispute is that the 30-month rule for cattle be dropped.

    Farmers bringing animals over the 30-months to processing factories are currently penalised - and these penalties cost Irish farmers over €33 million last year.

    Tomorrow, supermarkets and butchers across Co Roscommon are being invited to a meeting, to get their views on whether the 30-month rule could be dropped.

    The meeting is being organised by an alliance of 10 members of Roscommon County Council, who will then convey the outcome of the meeting to the Agriculture Minister Michael Creed.

    Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Castlerea-based Fianna Fail Councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice said the councillors want the views of the retailers on this issue.