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Wednesday 30 July 2014

Farmers march in protest at beef prices

Aideen Sheehan

Published 05/03/2014|02:30

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Over three thousand IFA Members let by IFA President Eddie Downey, protest outside the Department of Agriculture to illustrate how the Food Harvest 2020 plan is failing beef farmers, who face losses up to €175m this year if beef prices are not restored. The situation has descended into crisis for many farmers.
Picture:  Finbarr O'Rourke
IFA Members led by IFA President Eddie Downey, protest outside the Department of Agriculture

BEEF farmers have warned that there's no point in continuing to produce cattle if they're not getting a reasonable price for them.

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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.

Irish Independent

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