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.