Nolan denies QPS loss of €16m likely
Claims that farmers would have lost €13-16m had the quality payment system (QPS) been applied to last year's cattle kill have been refuted by a leading factory boss.
Paul Nolan, of Dawn Meats, countered criticism of the new payments grid at a heated meeting in Abbeyleix, Co Laois, on Sunday.
ICMSA president Jackie Cahill told the crowd of more than 350 that the grid was costing farmers on a daily basis.
He said an analysis of last year's cattle kill indicated that farmers would have lost somewhere between €13m and €16m had QPS been in operation.
However, this assertion was challenged by Mr Nolan, who insisted that the grid was 'price neutral' across the full kill.
Mr Nolan repeated the factory position that QPS was designed to reward quality and provide signals for beef producers based on the type of animal that was required by consumers and retailers.
He said any move to row back on the grid would be a retrograde step and warned that getting all parties in the beef sector to agree an alternative payment system could not be guaranteed.
"If we lose this opportunity then we will not get another one for some time," insisted Mr Nolan.