Farm Ireland

Monday 18 December 2017

suckler cow disposals up 37pc

John Shirley

The exodus from suckler cows has gained momentum. To date this year suckler cow disposals up 37pc on last year, according to ICBF.

This is of huge concern to the Irish beef factories. So much so that they met recently with Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney and asked him to re-couple a suckler cow premium payment as part of CAP reform.

That option is available to Ireland under the CAP reform proposals. Keeping a suckler cow in the absence of subsidy incentive was always a doubtful proposition.

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