IRELAND - Supermarket chain Tesco anticipates that 2015 will be a strong year of demand for beef.
This was the message delivered to Irish farmers in a meeting between Tesco and the Irish Farmers’ Association President Eddie Downey last week.
Mr Downey said he had a positive meeting with senior executives from Tesco in the UK this week and discussed several issues of importance to Irish beef farmers.
And he said that Tesco reported that beef sales have rebounded strongly in the last 12 months, particularly for steak and round cuts.
The IFA raised the specification issues with Tesco and especially the need to move from 30 to 36 months of age for prime cattle.
Mr Downey said Tesco agreed to examine this move seriously and will report back later in the year.
The IFA President also raised the labelling issue around Irish cattle exported to Northern Ireland for feeding and slaughter and said that further progress was needed to resolve this issue.
Tesco is a major purchaser of Irish beef for both the domestic market and for exports to the UK.
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