Weighty issues for beef forum
Weight and age issues will be centre stage at the next beef forum which looks set to be a heated affair.
Pressure is mounting for a breakthrough in the deadlock on a review of the beef classification grid to be agreed between all the farm bodies.
The demand intensified following the introduction of a simplified 15 point classification grid at ABP meat processing plants in the UK in recent weeks. ABP has confirmed it will not be introduced in Ireland.
Farmers have reported a number of plants are currently making it difficult for finishers to get cattle over 420kg carcase weight killed.
In recent weeks' the Farming Independent's Ringside has found some factories are also imposing a 10c/kg penalty on cattle over 36 months, with others bringing this in at 30 months.
"Weight issues will be back on the stage at the beef forum," said the ICSA's general secretary Eddie Punch.
"Meat factories have started to impose some limits and we don't know what the limits will be.
"That will be problematic for people buying weanlings or stores to feed into a decent weight.