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Analysis: The omens for beef farming aren't good when you focus on the facts rather than emotive debate


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Subsidies accounted for over 100pc of the profits earned in the past five years on the average beef farm

Subsidies accounted for over 100pc of the profits earned in the past five years on the average beef farm

Subsidies accounted for over 100pc of the profits earned in the past five years on the average beef farm

I recently listened to one of our MEPs speaking on the radio about the virtues of sustainable farming and convergence of EU subsidy payments. The broadcast resulted in my wife having to suffer a rant over the breakfast table about the state of our beef industry.

The notion of sustainable agriculture is all jolly fine but the farmer needs to be sustained as well as the environment.

Convergence of payments is simply an exercise in prolonging life support for the non-profitable ones and killing off whatever hope remains for the viable operators.


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