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Beef sector set for showdown over 24-month slaughter plan

Main players disagree as analysis shows 60pc of cattle kill exceeds proposed two-year age limit

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The reduction in slaughter age has industry bodies at loggerheads

The reduction in slaughter age has industry bodies at loggerheads

Cattle trends over the last 10 years

Cattle trends over the last 10 years

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The reduction in slaughter age has industry bodies at loggerheads

A Government plan to reduce the average slaughter age of cattle to 24 months by 2030 is set to put beef farmers, meat processors and the Department of Agriculture on a collision course and up-end the sector.

While lowering the slaughter age is considered “a core measure” for the agriculture sector under the Climate Action Plan 2021, farm organisations remain unconvinced of the economic and environmental merits of the move, which is to be realised through increased grass variety/consumption, improved herd health and accelerated action in animal breeding.


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