IFA to Hold Meetings on €100m Beef Fund

IRELAND - IFA will be holding regional information meetings for livestock farmers on the €100m beef fund recently secured from Brussels and the Government.
calendar icon 29 May 2019
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Joe Healy said, "IFA is holding eight information meetings across the country in the month of June to update farmers on the €100m Brexit Beef Fund and to hear views on its distribution."

Mr Healy said a meeting of the IFA National Council today endorsed the National Livestock Committee principles that the €100m Brexit Beef Fund should be targeted at beef finishers of prime cattle (steers, heifers and young bulls) and suckler cow farmers.

Mr Healy said, "It is essential that the €100m Brexit beef package is targeted to the farmers who need it most. It must be paid without delay and there must be no strings attached.

"This fund was secured after a lot of hard work and lobbying by IFA. It’s for farmers – not for factories, agents or dealers. We will insist it is paid quickly and directly to farmers."

He said the allocation and targeting of the €100m to the farmers who need it most is critically important.

"It must take account of the farmers who incurred the beef price losses and the income situation," he said.

IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said the farmers who sold prime finished cattle since last September and suckler producers are the two groups were hit the hardest.

IFA has already met with EU Commission officials on the details of the €100m package, which he said was essential for winter finishers given the horrendous losses they have taken.

Mr Woods said under no circumstances can Minister Creed allow one cent go to factory-owned cattle or factory feedlot cattle.

"Farmers who sold finished cattle through the marts must be eligible, and not agents and dealers. The Department of Agriculture has all the data and information on the AIMS system," he said.

The dates and locations of the meetings can be found on the IFA website.

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