IFA, MII to meet over grid
Talks on changes to the new beef pricing grid are to be held between Meat Industry Ireland (MII) and the IFA this week.
It is understood that the parties will discuss a range of issues regarding the operation of the system, which was introduced over the Christmas period.
IFA president John Bryan has admitted that alterations to the scheme are necessary.
Mr Bryan wants the base price to permanently apply to 4= stock -- this adjustment was conceded by the processors for January only -- and he said more accommodation is necessary for heifers and heavy steers.
"It is is no one's interest to create traps within the grid," Mr Bryan said.
He pointed out that heifers laid down fat differently to steers and this should be reflected in payments.
Mr Bryan added that several lucrative beef contracts required heavy cattle, and suppliers of this type of stock could not be penalised when outlets were available for them.
Meanwhile, the ICMSA has described the grid as a mechanism to allow factories to subsidise higher prices for premium stock by slashing the prices paid for dairy cross cattle.