Farm bodies voice their anger over 10c/kg cut beef in prices
Irish farm organisations have voiced their anger over falling quotes at the meat factories this week.
The 10c/kg cut in prices was descried by the ICSA as extremely cynical, while the IFA called on farmers to ignore the price cuts.
"The only thing keeping store prices from collapsing altogether is the relatively good price beef finishers are getting," said ICSA beef chairman, Edmund Phelan.
"If the beef price drops then I foresee huge problems for the suckler industry as a direct result," he added.
IFA livestock chairman, Henry Burns, said that despite the propaganda from the factories, the supply situation remained very tight and demand very strong.
Mr Burns pointed to Ireland's main export market in Britain where prices were still at €5.00/kg.
"There is a massive shortage of beef in Britain and demand remains very strong, so farmers should not easily part with their animals," he said.