Beef talks end with tentative agreement


By Aidan Fortune, GlobalMeatNews



The second round of talks between Irish beef farmers and processors has ended with an agreement by most of the parties.


The talks, which took place over the weekend following an extended period of protests outside beef processing facilities around Ireland​, aimed to resolve disputes over prices paid to producers versus retail prices. They involved processor trade body Meat Industry Ireland (MII), the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) and farmer lobby groups including Beef Plan Movement.


According to the IFA, points agreed upon included an increase in the in-spec bonus for steers and heifers from 12c/kg to 20c/kg; a new bonus of 8c/kg for steers and heifers aged between 30 to 36 months, which meet all non-age related existing in-spec criteria, and which up to now have not received any bonus and a new in-spec bonus of 12c/kg for steers and heifers under 30 months which grade O- and fat class 4+.


Other terms agreed include a reduction in the in-spec 70-day residency requirement to 60 days on the last farm and a new Beef Market Price index from Bord Bia covering cattle prices and beef market prices from our main export markets and offal prices (see box).


Although agreeing to the deal, IFA president Joe Healy said it was “far from perfect”​...


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