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Farmers Call for Beef Quality Insurance Incentive to be Implemented

19 December 2014

IRELAND - Irish farmers have called for the implementation of the Beef Forum decision on the market and pricing regarding the introduction of a Quality Assurance price incentive for steers and heifers from all quality assured farms.

Irish Farmers Association National Livestock Chairman Henry Burns said there is an urgency to progress the issue, which is due to be implemented from 1 January.

He said the outcome from the Beef Forum is very clear and states that “processors agree to a cost neutral price incentive for all steers and heifers from Quality assured farms with effect from 1 January.”

On the current 12c/kg in spec bonus, Mr Burns said it was fully discussed and agreed by the Minister, factories and farmers at the Beef Forum that this will be retained in full.

In addition, Mr Burns said IFA has set out that the new quality assurance price incentive must be worthwhile, be paid on all steers and heifers from QA farms, be implemented from 1 January and done in a positive way that will not impact negatively on the market.

Mr Burns said IFA has requested Minister Coveney to get the Department of Agriculture actively involved to assist this process in line with the procedure agreed in the Beef Forum.

“Both IFA and Meat Industry Ireland consider it is very important that the Department of Agriculture be involved in this process,” he said.

Mr Burns said IFA has made it very clear that Minister Coveney must ensure that all of the agreed outcomes from the beef forum are fully implemented, in line with the timeframes laid down.

He said there can be no delays or sidestepping regarding the implementation of the outcomes from the Beef Forum.

He said IFA has raised a number of issues with the Minister where individual meat plants have imposed dual base prices around non-Quality Assured stock, contrary to what was agreed at the Beef Forum.

He said IFA told the Minister that this is a very serious issue that he must deal with it fully and directly with MII and the factories.


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