beef farmers

  • A €100m Brexit compensation fund for beef farmers has been secured. 

    Agreement on a €50m support package from the European Commission was agreed yesterday. It is understood the deal will see the Irish Government match this with €50m of State funding, to bring the total fund for beef farmers to €100m.

    The details of the scheme will have to be worked out with the various farming organisations.

    The funding package is based on an IFA submission to Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed and Commissioner Hogan that detailed losses of €101m by beef farmers.

    Mayo Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin told Midwest News this morning that she received confirmation of the funding from Commissioner Phil Hogan last night.

  • The Minister for Rural and Community Development says the Government’s allocation of €50 million for beef farmers will be a huge boost to Mayo beef farmers and to rural communities in the county.

    Minister Michael Ring was speaking in relation to today’s Cabinet decision to provide a support scheme for beef finishing farms which have been severely impacted by the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Minister Ring says Beef farmers throughout the country have undergone a sustained period of economic difficulty and this package will provide a significant boost for these farmers and their families.

  • Court injunctions against two beef farmers for protesting outside a pet food company in Co Longford are to be struck out.

    C&D Petfoods had brought the action against Fine Gael Cllr Paraic Brady and local carpenter Colm Leonard after its plant in Edgeworthstown was blockaded in September during the dispute over beef prices.

    The disruption led to the company temporarily laying off 187 of its employees.

    The Beef Plan Movement had said it would not attend any meetings of the Beef Market Taskforce until the two injunctions were lifted, but say they are now prepared to meet as soon as tomorrow.



  • Irish farmers are furious over a new free-trade deal with South America.

    The Mercosur agreement paves the way for imports of cheaper beef from South America across the EU.

    IFA President Joe Healy says it's bad news for Ireland, for consumers and for the environment.

  • The Minister for Agriculture is being accused of sitting back and watching from the side-lines as Ireland's beef farmers sink to their knees.

    Fianna Fail's spokesperson on Agriculture says the Government can't expect farmers to continue carrying losses as beef prices continue to fall.

    Charlie McConalogue says Minister Creed must roll up his sleeves and tackle the frustration that has led farmers to the picket lines all this week.

    The IFA says a 'sweet-heart' deal between the EU and President Trump is another example of beef farmers being sacrificed for other sectors.

    The association's Livestock Chairman Angus Woods says beef imports are already seriously undermining EU and Irish beef prices and the new deal will further escalate the crisis.

  • The future of the Irish beef industry is at a critical juncture, according to farmers who will stage a protest later.

    Prices in the sector are down at least 40 cent per kilogram since this time last year.

    The Beef Plan Movement says it will hold a peaceful protest at an Irish Farmers Journal meeting in Ballinsaloe, Co.Galway this evening.

    The event will be attended by the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed.

    Adam Woods from the Irish Farmers Journal is encouraging farmers to engage with the Minister and other speakers this evening.

    52,000 full-time jobs and more than 14,000 suckler farms will be lost from Ireland’s beef industry in the next 10 years unless something is done, a leading academic has warned in the Irish Farmers Journal.

    Ireland’s suckler herd is worth at least €2.9bn to the economy and accounts for the equivalent of 52,000 full-time jobs, UCD’s professor of agriculture and food economics Michael Wallace has calculated. But it faces the loss of 1,400 farms and more than 14,000 cows every year unless a strategy to protect it is put in place. “The suckler herd is a critical part of the agricultural industry in Ireland but its suffering a silent decline Mr Wallace told the Irish Farmers Journal ahead of the Beef Summit in Ballinasloe on tonight.

    In counties Galway, Mayo and Roscommon alone, sucklers are worth €700m and 12,400 jobs, his analysis shows, while they are worth €450m and 7,800 jobs in the midlands.

    Sucklers in Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan and Monaghan generate €445m in direct and indirect economic output and 8,600 jobs. Even the more dairy-dominated eastern and southern counties rely on sucklers for €835m and 15,600 jobs. Prof Wallace said agri-environmental supports for extensive suckler beef and a targeted headage payment for high quality beef genetics could be among the solutions to avert the decline facing the suckler herd. His analysis shows that the western, midlands and border counties are particularly reliant on the suckler herd, but its positive effect on the economy is felt nationwide. To demonstrate just how much the suckler cow provides for rural Ireland, the professor looked in detail at counties Galway and Leitrim

  • Beef farmers claim their very survival is at stake because of price cuts brought on by Brexit.

    They say they've already lost over 100 million euro and unless the government steps in, many could go out of business.

    A protest is being held by beef farmers outside a Cabinet meeting in Cork later to highlight their concerns.

    The Galway-Based President of the Irish Farmers Association Joe Healy says his members are very worried:



  • Over 1200 farmers are expected to attend the Irish Farmers Journal Beef Summit in Co Galway next week.

    The Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed, representatives from the Department of Agriculture, Bord Bia, Teagasc, and Meat Industry Ireland are among the speakers who will address the conference at the Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe next Thursday 9th May.

    The summit is being held at a time when the Irish suckler beef industry is at a critical juncture, with many farmers looking at alternative options of farming.

    The Irish Farmers Journal says the event will bring togther Ireland's beef industry policymakers and power players, and will hep farmers make plans for the future.


  • More talks are to take place next Monday to try to resolve the beef farming dispute.

    Earlier this week, discussions were had between farming organisations, Beef Plan and government agencies, and it has now been decided to continue negotiations next week.

    The row is over the prices farmers are getting for their animals at meat factories.

  • Government Ministers have been confronted today by farmers who want a Brexit support package.

    An IFA protest is taking place outside a special Cabinet meeting in Cork City Hall.

    Ministers are discussing a number of issues including new laws to criminalise revenge pornography.

    Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was faced with angry farmers as he arrived to the meeting earlier: