Pat Somers news @leinsterexpress.ie
Laois IFA are holding a crisis beef and livestock meeting in the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise on Monday, April 15 at 8.30pm.
The focus of the meeting is to highlight the disaster and crisis the beef sector is currently experiencing from very poor cattle factory returns, to a stalemate on Brexit and a proposed reduced CAP budget and currency fluctuation.
Laois IFA Livestock Committee Chairman, Declan Hanrahan outlined that beef prices have fallen since the Brixit referendum vote.
“The beef industry has seen price reduction since then. This spring has been a disaster, particularly for bull finishers who are not getting the price and are unable to get their animals slaughtered.The financial losses farmers are experiencing are hitting home now very much and there is no light at the end of the tunnel.
“The 5c a kilo drop last week was just the latest.I am now hearing farmers say they are having difficulties with household bills. The suckler sector is also under huge pressure with many suckler farmers now just going into dairy. This will have a long term impact on the quality of cattle.
“Our local politicians must now put the pressure on the Minister for Agriculture to get his act together on this issue before it is too late. Brexit has landed for farmers, it is happening. These price reductions cannot continue.”
Speakers on the night will include representatives from Bord Bia, Meat Industry Ireland and the IFA.
All local politicians and MEP Candidates have been invited.
All farmers are welcome.