Guinan calls for beef plan inclusion
The ICMSA has urged all qualifying farmers to join the new Beef Discussion Group Scheme before the closing date of March 7.
"The discussion group format has worked well for dairy farming as a means of improving the information flow between farmers and it has aided the adoption of modern and more efficient farming practices," said the association's beef committee chairman Michael Guinan.
However, Mr Guinan expressed disappointment that dairy farmers who finished non-replacement stock were excluded from the scheme.
"There are over 8,000 dairy farmers in the Bord Bia Beef Quality Assurance Scheme and with the likely growth in beef from the dairy herd following the abolition of milk quotas, it is very disappointing to see these dairy farmers have been excluded from the scheme," Mr Guinan said.
"Many dairy farmers remain committed to beef production and policy-makers must realise this and develop policies to support them.
"This is an illogical and counterproductive exclusion."