ICMSA calls meeting on grid worries
Published 26/01/2010 | 05:00
The ICMSA has intensified its campaign for a renegotiation of the new beef payment grid by calling a public meeting for this Sunday.
The move is certain to exacerbate tensions between the milk supplier body and the IFA, with the latter steadfastly defending the recently introduced quality payment system (QPS).
The ICMSA expects close to 500 farmers to attend Sunday's meeting at the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel, Abbeyleix, Co Laois.
Kevin Connolly, the association's beef and cattle committee chairman, claimed the grid was causing "uproar and chaos" among farmers.
He said it actively discriminated against animals coming from the dairy herd and warned that a tide of resentment was building among farmers.
"Nobody is able to explain how the prices are arrived at, and most farmers are being left with significant losses," Mr Connolly said.
"The new system seems set up so that animals coming from an elite group of breeders are being very well rewarded at the expense of the vast majority," he added.
Mr Connolly said representatives from the factories and livestock marts had been invited to attend the Abbeyleix meeting.