Meat expert forecasts bulls to be on price grid by end of year
A SENIOR meat industry figure has claimed that bulls could be included in the Quality Payment System (QPS) grid within two months.
Dawn Meat's Paul Nolan made the comments at the dairy-beef open day at Teagasc's Johnstown Castle last week.
Mr Nolan predicted that the changes could be introduced if the "right resolve" was behind the move.
"It was something that wasn't dealt with at the time the grid was being developed because relative to the volumes of steers, heifers and cows, bulls were quite small at the time," he said.
"But that has changed and there is no reason now why it can't be done."
However, Mr Nolan warned that there would need to be agreement on what type of animal would form the basis for the base price.
"If we take the Friesian bull as the base, we'd be looking at the Os or Ps, whereas a U-price base might be more appropriate for the continental types," he said.
Mr Nolan was hopeful that bulls could be incorporated into the grid by the end of the year and said that there was an appetite within the industry to make this happen, partly to ensure the right age of bull was being presented for slaughter.