Farmers march in protest at beef prices
BEEF farmers have warned that there's no point in continuing to produce cattle if they're not getting a reasonable price for them.
Hundreds of farmers protested outside the Department of Agriculture calling for measures to encourage more live exports of cattle to Britain to boost prices.
The Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) warned that prices have collapsed this spring and are €200 to €300 lower per animal than last year.
Couser Petrie, from Ballina in Co Mayo, said prices were down 50 cent a kilo this year, and there would be no point in handing his farm on to his daughter to continue farming suckler cattle unless they improved.
"It was never as bad on price as it is now with expenses as high as they are, I cannot make a living on it, the price is down 50 cent per kilo this year," he said.
But IBEC's Meat Industry Ireland division insisted the beef sector was in a strong position overall, with exports up 35pc since 2010 to €2.1bn last year.