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Irish Farmers Told to Bridge Price Gap

16 February 2009

IRELAND - Farmers in Kerry have been advised to fight factories to bridge the massive price gap between prices paid in Ireland and the United Kingdom.

ICMSA figures show that there is now a gap of over £100 per head between the price paid for Irish steers and the price paid in the UK, according to Wisconsin AgConnection.

With the positive move-ment in the sterling rate in recent weeks and the fact that the UK is Ireland's principal market outlet, the meat processors should be returning a stronger price to beef farmers to compensate them for the high costs of 2008 and to ensure that they make a positive margin so that they will continue in the business", according to the farm organisation.

Spokesman Martin McMahon says a strong cattle price at this time of year is not only important to cattle finishers but right down the supply chain to store producers, weanling producers and suckler farmers.

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