Farmers say end to levies will make IFA independent
Many farmers upset by the IFA salaries scandal have welcomed a decision by the country's biggest beef processor to end the levies system.
Larry Goodman's Anglo Beef Processors (ABP) has told the Irish Farmers' Association that levies charged on animals will no longer be collected on its behalf.
ABP says it is reacting to farmer opposition to levies, and it appears some farmers in the country agree.
Brendan McLaughlin, a suckler farmer from Manorcunningham, Co Donegal, said the perceived closeness between the factories and the IFA had left farmers voiceless.
"I never thought I'd agree with Larry Goodman on anything but this is the right move for farmers," said Brendan.
"I'd rather see membership fees treble than take money off factories," he said.
"I was in Tullamore (at the agricultural show) last week and that was the overwhelming view there.
"We should be taking on the factories so beef farmers get a fair price."