IFA splinter group seeks break from factory levies
Published 27/08/2014 | 02:30
A splinter group is emerging within the IFA as anger over the organisation's handling of the ongoing crisis in beef prices spilled over in a heated meeting in Navan, Co Meath last week.
Farmers calling themselves 'Grassroots' repeatedly attacked IFA leadership, including its president Eddie Downey, over its role as beef prices continue to weaken.
Afterwards, Mr Downey admitted that frustration amongst his organisation's members over prices and specifications had reached "boiling point."
However, the Meath-based president claimed the real culprits for the current 17pc slump in beef prices were the retailers and meat processors.
Mr Downey also demanded that the Minister for Agriculture get more involved in solving the problem by insisting that processors respect the pricing agreement within the Quality Payment System that has been in place since 2009.
He said that price cuts based on specifications like age, weight and breed were never a part of the agreement and should be removed immediately.
Grassroots member, Hugh Doyle questioned the wisdom behind a levy that the IFA receives from meat processors on every animal slaughtered.